After COVID restrictions FINALLY lifted in both Alberta and Sask, we took a tour to visit my
Mom and other friends and family in Saskatchewan.


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My mom had a lot of pent-up Grandma-ing to do and here are the 'snacks' she had ready for them to
sample when we arrived.


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Yup, Henry went for the chocolate cupcake.


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Walter liked playing in my Mom's backyard with his goggles on.


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Here is Henry out at a playground with my Mom.


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Here are the boys at a candy store in Saskatoon that my mom quite likes that also sells succulents
among other things. It's called Solar Gardens and the boys liked it too.


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They got their own baskets and went to town!

Playing at the musical playground



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Natalia and I actually got to go for a date night for the first time in ~7 months. We went to
Hearth in Saskatoon and had a delicious dinner. This is Natalia's lemon pavlova dessert.


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Here are the boys using flyswatters at Carl and Wendy's home in Harris.


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Walter rolling a tire at the school playground.


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Playing rolling tires.


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Henry thought it was fun to roll and stack tires.


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And then sit in them.


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And then stick his brother in them.


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Grandma G and Walter enjoying her garden and playing games together.


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This is my buddy Lane showing off his new fridge and side-by-side freezer.


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The boys and Janet and Rick at the Forestry Farm.


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Consulting the map at the Forestry Farm.


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Henry and Rick consulting the map.


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Natalia and her godparents out for lunch at Fudd's.

Walter splashing around my Mom's backyard



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Walter playing Pink Panther with my Mom.


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Henry and Walter playing at a Saskatoon playground.


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and playing in the splash park.


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Having fun together.


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My buddy Erik and I trying on old toques that my Mom claims I used to own.


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My buddy Alex out for a morning bike ride together at Meewasin.


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The boys and Grandma G enjoying berries in her backyard.


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Trying out her zero gravity chairs.

Walter doing more splashing



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Henry at the Children's Museum LOVING the magnetic route designs.


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Playing in a boat and pretending to catch fish.


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The mining exhibit was a HUGE hit with Walter.


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Scooping out ore from the conveyor.


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Gear tables are always a hit.


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Walter in the glow-in-the-dark area.


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Using Tinkertoys.


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Walter playing with beakers. This trip cemented Natalia's thoughts about getting Walter pipettes
and graduated cylinders.


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Walter would have played with the circuits area for a long time.

Walter playing with circuits



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The boys and Natalia's mom.


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Walter at a pirate playground.


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Playing at a new playground with a splash park on a hot day. This playground wins for having shade near
the splash park, along with having two paid staff watching the kids from 10-6pm during the week. Seriously.

Walter showing me what 'don't get your clothes wet' means



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After spending more than a week in Saskatoon, it was time to head for our next engagement, a visit with
Natalia's family at Elkwater. But, enroute there, we had to see some fun roadside attractions. This was
in Leader where the boys loved the large size wildlife sculptures. Here they are pretending to be owls.


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The giant red Adirondack chair.


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And info about that project.


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Giant Rubik's cube.


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Strange story about the Rubik's cube.


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Mini outhouse near the mini grain elevator.


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The boys having lunch on the caboose, which doubles as a tourist office.


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Walter and the kangaroo rats.


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Now, we decided to make a trip out of visiting the Great Sand Hills in southwestern Sask. It's the second
largest sand hills in the prairie province next to the Athabasca Sand hills way up north, but we thought
it would be fun to see.


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More about the Sand hills.


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Henry taking his flip flops off, only to put them back on due to the heat.


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It turns out that the sand hills are big hills of sand. And lots of them.


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Henry with his feet buried.


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With a handful of sand.


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Our boys wouldn't care if they're on a beach in Maui, a shitty lake in Alberta, or the great sand hills,
they just like to play in sand. Pity their dad is such a stick-in-the-mud and won't get them a sand box.


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The boot entrance gate.


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Walter gives this area 'two thumbs up'.


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The boys got slurpees!

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