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Rocky Mountain Living

On weekends Jeff + I are lucky to experience what life would be like living in the Canadian Rockies.  Aaaaah, what a life!



Well, technically Jeff lived in Canmore, Alberta for 20 years before relocating to Vancouver.  But for me it’s a different story!  I come from the land of smog, drought tolerant plants + the Pacific Ocean!  Ahem, I’m talking about Los Angeles.  Anyways, it’s like this lady got plopped into a foreign land – everything is new to me!  I’m always like wide eyed, exclaiming, “Woooweee wow wow!!!!!” or something to that effect.

Okay, first things first – last week I was out on my morning run.  It was raining but heck I’ve been running in the rain in Vancouver so no big whoop.  Toward the end of the run, I was looking at the raindrops + thought to myself, “Wow!  Those are really fat raindrops!  Crazy!”.  The raindrops were becoming increasingly voluminous + poofy + I thought, “Hmmmm, so curious!”.  Well bust my britches, it was starting to snow!Rocky Mountain Living - 01


Anyways, Saturday was a late start which is starting to become a regular theme.  I’m really not happy about it.  I used to get out the door hup, two, three, four!  We drove an hour + a half to Canmore to hang out with Karen, Kyle + Juna.  Once we arrived, lil’ Juna got a hold of Jeff + dress up time was ON!!!!!Rocky Mountain Living - 02

As you can see, Jeff loves it when I document dress up time.  Juna busted out a glamorous white wig from where, I don’t know.  We told her if she finished all of her dinner, Jeff would put the wig on.  Finish her dinner she did, + Jeff kept to his word!Rocky Mountain Living - 03

HAHAHHAHA!!!!  Even Juna is freaked out!  She got over her fear of a big hairy man being in a white wig really quick + we promptly put the sleeping beauty to rest, singing her/him enchanting songs to lull him/her into a deep slumber.Rocky Mountain Living - 04

Jeff + Juna have so much fun together!Rocky Mountain Living - 05

The next day, we all drove in Kyle’s truck to the edge of Banff.Rocky Mountain Living - 06

Karen, Kyle + Juna were riding their bikes into town, where Jeff + I would meet them with the car.  See how fun it would be to grow up in the Rockies?!Rocky Mountain Living - 07  The mountains right at your fingertips!

Awwwww, thanks for the flowers, Junester!!!Rocky Mountain Living - 08

Having had a late night, everything was in slow motion for us on Sunday.  Jeff + I sat by the Bow River on a bench like a couple of old folks + just prattled on about the flow of the river + the weather.Rocky Mountain Living - 09

So I called Jeff “Old Man River” for the rest of the day.  Aren’t I a sweet wife?

We got a text from Kyle saying that Juna was getting cold on the bike ride.  So we did a rendez-vous pick up of the little nugget + then we were going to meet mom + dad at the restaurant.  Here’s a prairie dog.Rocky Mountain Living - 10

Jeff drove us to the Mount Rundle viewpoint.  Here’s Jeff + Juna contemplating wildnerness, civilization + the universe.Rocky Mountain Living - 11

Brrrrr, it’s windy up there!Rocky Mountain Living - 12

Iconic Mount Rundle.Rocky Mountain Living - 14

Hoodoos (pillar like rock formations) + some lucky people out on a raft trip.Rocky Mountain Living - 15

Oh yes, it’s beautiful + all, but Banff is full up with tourists + it ain’t even summer vacation yet!Rocky Mountain Living - 17

Omg, it was so hilarious – there was a little chipmunk posing under a tree + there were so many tourists taking pictures – so I took a picture of people taking pictures.Rocky Mountain Living - 16

You would have thought that chipmunk had three heads + breathed fire!  We hooked back up with Karen + Kyle – all starving + ready for lunch.  The restaurant was having a special on steins of beer, so I ordered one!  The waiter cocked his head at me, baffled.  Kyle said he was being sexist – haha!!!!  Check this mammerjammer out!Rocky Mountain Living - 18

I wish I could proudly say I finished the whole thing – but Karen had to help me out with it!  What a wimp!  It was not my day, people!  After lunch, we parted ways with Karen, Kyle + Juna + ran around on some errands.  We didn’t set out for home until the evening.  The drive felt excruciatingly long.  But as we were winding down the long, empty country road the Dixie Chicks song, “Cowboy Take Me Away” started playing on the radio.

I LOVE ME SOME DIXIE CHICKS!!!  I pumped up the volume, rolled down the windows + breathed the moment in!!!Rocky Mountain Living - 19

Hey Alberta, I could really get used to this…..

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. The picture of Jeff in the white wig totally reminds me of something, but I can’t think what…it made me LOL though…but quietly, because I’m supposed to be studying and I don’t want Trevor to know I’m not. 🙂

    May 27, 2013
  2. Ashley #

    Wow Shells Banff is so beautiful and I love all the pictures! But maybe my favorite was the one with Jeff in the white wig and tiara! Jeff is a good sport👍 Love and miss you!💖

    May 27, 2013
    • Jeff was balking at me posting those pics – but how could I not?! Too cute! Miss you so much!!!! Love you big sis!!!

      May 27, 2013
  3. So I had no idea that prairie dogs are actually NOTHING like dogs, hahaha. Love the photo of the people taking pictures of chipmunks. We’ve been known to scoff at people who take photos of sheep and cows…but now after so long away from NZ whenever I see a cow, I’m like OHMYGOD A COW, ISN’T IT AWESOME???!!!!!

    The photo of you and the beer is a stunner. Hope you drank it all up and then ordered a second to teach the waiter a lesson. Boss.

    May 28, 2013
    • Hahaaaaa!!! I totally take pictures of cows + horses! The locals all look at me like, “That city girl has done gone crazy.”.

      May 29, 2013
  4. kenneth Papi~Dads nishino #

    ALOHA, Nan, wow U R definitely becoming a Canuck,
    hehehe,…hey, wut’s with the silver lining under Jeff’s,
    chin, huh huh, best get out sum Shinola Shoe Wax!!!!!
    ok, Mum’sie, is home she wasn’t Jet-Lagged yesterday
    but it certainly caught up 2 her 2’day, she didn’t get up
    until 11am,..LOL, but she’s fine now, Ok, gotta run i did
    some major planting in the front yard, shoot maybe it’s
    bcuz of all ur wonderful green photo’s….haha…LOL !!!!!
    Take Care, Miss U, hey 2 Jeff and Meg’s, Luv U, Papi

    May 28, 2013
  5. Adrianna Benjamin #

    Banff is always so gorgeous! That Juna is a funny little lady, I bet she keeps Jeff on his toes!

    May 28, 2013
    • Oh yes, she keeps all of us on her toes! I wish I could experience Banff with the Benjamins!!! How fun would that be?!

      May 29, 2013
  6. I’d like to second or third or whatever it would be just how fabulous the chipmunk picture is. OMG! A chipmunk! By a tree! They’re really real! LOL

    Must. See. Banff. Some day.

    May 29, 2013

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