Yup – around here, that’s the big city – and boy, did we ever make the most of it. First stop: Valhalla Pure Outfitters where we picked up our OR Lucent gloves with batteries and heater – rated to goddess-knows how many degrees below zero. Now I can snowshoe as high as I want without my fingers and thumbs turning blue. Then I bought a pair of winter hiking boots rated to minus 40. Again, this is for the sake of my toes not falling off, which they have been wont to do in the past.
And so, fully armed and with mini-spikes on our feet, we headed up Pulpit Rock so that the pups could have a nice run. Bonus – so did we. It’s a good workout to the top. Slippery, icy – thank goddess for the spikes.
Then a visit to the new Co-op location, which was very impressive. There I bought a case (yes – case) of chocolate.
After that, we headed home where I dove into a hot bath. Simon now has the fire stoked up and I’m wrapped in my huge post-bath sweater feeling very cozy indeed. More coziness – pea soup for dinner.
An excellent day. Not a single complaint.
I shall very likely do some work later this evening after I have the soup going. But right now, I’m just going to chill for a while. It’s not often I get to the city – I need to unwind. Hehehe.
And let’s not forget to mention the biggest and most exciting part of the entire day! I woke up my computer at seven a.m. – the exact moment the Parks Canada reservations opened for backcountry camping in Jasper. The Skyline trail. I picked the dates: Aug 23 and 24 – Snowbowl and Tekarra campgrounds. After 20 or 30 minutes of utter frustration with sites crashing and freezing, I threw up my hands in disgust – resigned to not doing Skyline.
Simon, bless him, took over. He was NOT going to be defeated by a stupid government website. He persisted. He changed the dates as the site kept crashing and booked us for Aug. 30 and 31 – those dates worked! It took over an hour to do a simple booking – it was like buying tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert. No – wait – the concert would have been easier and faster.
But we did it! We are now booked for three days on Mount Robson and three on Skyline. We are also firming up dates for the Jack Augerpoint Traverse. And my next job is researching Waterton Parks and booking an epic hike there.
The summer is shaping up to be even more epic than last! Exciting!