Who would have thought that we could find a perfect spot to go paddleboarding in the prairies?
Yes, we found our cute little lake that’s close by to the house…but it’s a little small + swampy. Well, we paddled on the leviathan of lakes last Sunday!!!!
The weather in Alberta is crazy temperamental to say the least. Sunday’s forecast called for rain + possible thunderstorms. I was all dressed up, had my makeup on – ready to make the one hour drive into the big city (Calgary) to go to the cinemas, y’all! I just want to add that my vote was to go see “Pain + Gain”. Woot woot!!!
A testosterone filled 2 hours of body building dudes, fast cars + a kidnapping scheme? Count this sister in! Heyoooooo!!!!
Now what’s up with that, people?
We were about to step out the door + Jeff saw a patch of blue sky from the east. AVAST YE LANDLUBBER, STRAP ON THE BOARDS!!!! We’re going paddling!!!! Heave ho, change of course – we hopped into our paddling clothes, packed lunches, geared up + were out the door in 15 minutes! Look at Megumi – she’s such a good kitty!!! While we were packing out we had the door wide open – she never ventures outside!
Pardon the mess in the house, but when it’s the weekend, Jeff’s work accoutrements tend to spread out everywhere. The bane of my existence.
I was a little disappointed to not go into the city but I understand that working in the entertainment industry will kill your soul, so on weekends I pretty much let Jeff experience as much happiness as he can possibly achieve. So paddleboarding it is.
Camping facilities look really top notch + the lake is regularly restocked with western lake trout. Dotted all around the shores of the lake are all different types of people waiting for a catch. I’d like to have a go at it this summer!
What can I say – there’s a reason why this blog isn’t peppered with photos of me. I’ve never been called photogenic.
Highlights – I saw a bald eagle flying up above + from our standing point of view on the boards, we saw a juvenile moose grazing about a half dozen feet behind a group of young punks, completely unaware of the amazing beast right at their backs!
The wind really kicked up on the way back to the car + I was digging into the water to the max!!! When we got back to shore we had somewhat of an audience – paddleboards aren’t the usual sight around these parts + it’s always a show paddling to shore + packing up.
We stopped in Longview (the town 15 mintues south of Black Diamond that’s so tiny it’s about a block long) for a beer + it’s rare when we don’t run into someone that Jeff knows. It’s a small community of people working in film + television in Alberta! Stu works as an equestrian rider on “Hell on Wheels”, so we talked story + passed the time in each others company.
Stu is a working cowboy, a total sweetheart + gentleman! Born + raised in Longview, he had just come back from branding at a buddies’ ranch.
Endless skies + the smell of grass. Yeah at first I was sad to miss out on a day at the movies in the city…but nothing can replace the grandeur + energy that the natural world can give you like no other medium! Have a great weekend everyone + thanks for stopping by!!! I miss you all!!!!