Hanging out with the boys in May 2020

Throwing rocks


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I took the boys for an evening hangout on the Bow River.


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Henry throwing rocks into the river.


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Happy Henry on the Bow.


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Both Walter and Henry like wading into creeks and throwing rocks.


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Happy Walter playing in the river.


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Flying kites at the local school. Walter likes his green monster kite.


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Walter likes to wear his goggles when he's playing with water. Adding the cowboy hat and the water gun
makes it even better.


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Two cowboys having iced tea slurpees.


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Two brothers reading together.


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Henry filling the kiddie pool for a sunny afternoon of play.

Video of Henry and Walter running around in the pool



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Henry posing near an oxbow of a creek that feeds into the Bow. We went for an 'exploring' outing
that yielded little, but helped show that a couple of spots I thought might be good for rock throwing
were both zeros.


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Natalia found a local seamstress making kids' masks and here's Walter modeling it.


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Nati and I took the boys for some fishing fun at Mitford Pond. We caught nothing, but managed to
avoid fishing hooks to the face, so that's a win.


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Henry trying out his new fishing rod.


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While it took me a month and three coats of paint, I did finally get the rust off the back of
Natalia's car. This is the outcome of sanding with 400 grit sandpaper and washing the heck out
of the back to avoid any grease interaction with the paint.

Activities and Fun in May 2020


Riding on Moose Mountain with Graham



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I went for a dawn patrol ride with Graham one morning in the Moose Mountain area.


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7-27 descent is one of the best downhills in the area.


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Crazy Carl with a terrible beard looking out at the view from Cochrane.

Traverse of Yam with Bob


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I went with my neighbour Bob for an early season traverse of Yamnuska. The weather on this morning
was outstanding as shown in the bluebird sky.


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Lots of early season crocuses and saxifrage.


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Hiking through the chimney opens the view into the backside of Yam, where I was surprised to see less
snow than expected here.


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View of the trail with a bit of snow on it.


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Seeing Bob on the path with a bit of snow around.


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I called this the 'sun corona', but my dorky science friends corrected me as a '22 degree halo',
the results of ice crystals in the sky.


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View of the path on the backside of Yam.


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Purple Saxifrage on Yam.


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Quite a bit of the snow has melted off Yam, but the water fall coming down the rock face is still
running pretty hard.


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Bob on the chain section of the traverse. While most people call this out as the 'crux', I'd consider
the section after this as more involved due to the slipperiness and down-slope on the rocks and the
ice/snow here.

Bob did a 12 minutes video of the 'crux' section here with his helmet cam


And the top of the traverse is here



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View from the summit of Yam.


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Bob on the top of Yam.


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View looking down from the summit. This view makes me barf so I have to be careful to stay back off
the edge.

See the path of this route HERE


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Taking the route and adding it to Google Earth shows the route better here. To be fair, very steep rock
isn't well tracked with GPS and this route is no different.


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The front side scree is a fun and quick way to get back to the trailhead.


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Thanks to Big Hill Creek Preservation Society, we have a sweet single track along the Big Hill Creek.
Check out the water next to the trail.

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