jarrid is a good friend on ours who just happens to be the manager of the bungee jumping outfit in west ed.
this is me!
today we head to revelstoke to pick up niko!
both days featured a concatenation of beautiful snow, blue skies and snowshoes.
on saturday my dad and i hiked up to crandell lake and explored the white expanse and the forest beyond. it was wonderfully crandelicious and i had a great time hanging out with my dad.
today my good friend colin and i hiked up the eastern saddle above cameron lake, ascended the ridge and reached the minor peak of mount carthew.
eventually the ridge became too steep for snowshoes and we had to kick steps to the top. the avalanche danger seemed fairly minimal and the top crust supported us some of the time. other times we were struggling up with our hands and feet and using an ice axe or hiking poles to keep from going backwards.
on the final pitch the views improved dramatically and the grade lessened considerably as well.
from the top we had a great view of cameron lake, the akamina pass and glacier national park in the states.
snow makes for fun downclimbs, especially when it is not too warm. we did some glissading, snowshoe skiing and running on the way down.
kylie spent the morning visiting colin's wife christine and their precocious kids, and the afternoon meeting other friends and family. i think she will tell you about all of our reunions shortly... in two days we head up to edmonton for the final leg of our journey before finally arriving home in chilliwack (with a stop in revelstoke to pick up niko of course)!
In other news, we have arrived safely back in Canada (how can you tell we are no longer travelling, instead of pictures of sites, I am posting videos) and in many ways we feel like nothing has changed. Lethbridge looks the same (shocking I know!) and we are finally getting over our jet lag today. In fact we are off for a run now. . . Here are some pictures for those of you who are already going through travel picture withdrawl. (We will post some of our families soon, we just have to take some that don't involve my brothers butt!)
Lastly we did not have a picture of Nick in our last post. Thanks so much for your hospitality you two!!!
Off for a run in the windy Lethbridge coulees.
Whilst (they use that term a lot here in England, I think I like it as a bit of a change from while because two whiles in close approximation is quite enough thank you very much!) we have been both in Kenya and travelling we have learned a lot about ourselves as individuals as well as as a couple. (Like the fact that Marc REALLLLLLY REALLLLLLY likes green army pants. I knew he liked them before we left but now I realize how much he loves them. I think he has had a pair longer than we have been together. Sadly I thought the wearing of the army pants would be over when we got home but Marc just reminded me that he has three more pairs. UGH!!) I have learned that I can do a lot more things than I previously thought I could do, I can handle much more than I expected to be able to handle. Being in Kenya did not overwhelm me like I thought it would and instead brought out an adventerous side of me that I quite enjoy. Travelling in other countries really opened me up to other cultures and religions and ways of life and definitely made me realize the vastness and diversity of our planet while at the same time realizing how small the world really is and at the core we humans are all the same.
We have been very lucky to have been able to see so many countries and cultures on this trip and be completely free of schedules and responsibilities for the last four months. This is where the lament part comes in. (Yes I know all of you at home have been working since December and look at our blog and see us laying on the beach or traipsing up a mountain and inwardly groan because you wish you could not be at work and laying on a beach drinking a fun beach drink. So if you are a jealous type please stop here . . . ) Coming home means responsibility, it means schedule, it means REAL LIFE! And whilst (hee hee) real life also means seeing family and friends, it means a change in lifestyle that both Marc and I are a bit unsure of right now. We realize that you cannot travel forever and in fact it is a bit unhealthy but we are not sure how we will handle getting back into the swing of things. (What!!! I have to walk a dog! You take out the garbage, I took it out yesterday!) We know it will come with time but we may be a bit grumpy adjusting.
BUT, to end on a positive note .. we have most definitely had the trip of a lifetime!! We have seen and experienced sights, sounds, smells, tastes that I never knew existed and are coming back different but better people who have learned to appreciate other cultures as well as the amazing country of Canada that we live in.
after feeling signifigant solidarity with diana at work, kylie is thinking of taking up a career as a mad scientist as well. she is already half way there... now she just has to become a scientist. (note the other scientists; this lab is so prestigious that their hiring is limited purely to juvenile geniuses and midgets)
the closest of many lovely fields behind nick and diana's house.
yesterday we wandered around central london. kylie is already practicing for her new career.
thank you miss phillipines.
we spent the afternoon at the london science museum. seriously fun stuff and absolutely free. this was taken with a thermal camera. those are NOT my hand prints on kylie.
this is a representation of the amount of (mostly derelict) satellites currently orbiting the earth.
here is kylie looking slightly surprised at her somewhat lewd bubble.
a 6 second video featuring the creation of the above bubbles.
finally and most excitingly for kylie, last night we went to see the musical "wicked" in london's westend. it was, in a word, wicked. the singing and stagecraft was incredible, and the script, while departing signifigantly from the plot of the book by gregory maguire, was hilarious.
i found this picture online that someone must have taken illegally from our exact seats! i am not big on musicals, but this one was seriously good.
this picture is for fraser. remember, roken is dodelijk.
nick and diana have been treating us very well, and we are excited about another 2 days with them. after that we will be back in lethbridge in 3 days!!! aaaaaaahhhh!!!!!
last night we arrived back in holland after a long weekend in sunndalsor, a small fjordial norwegian town, with our good friend fraser as our guide. it has been over a year since we have seen him and the four days in trondheim and three days in sunndalsor passed too quickly.
we embarked on a nice snowy hike on saturday to explore the fjord, as much as you can explore a 40km winding waterfilled rocky snow covered chasm in one day.
kylie, being the shortest one with the stretchiest pants, encountered some difficulties but pushed through it to survive without injury despite multiple falls.
after saying goodbye to fraser we caught the night train at one am, to arrive in oslo bright and early at 6:00 after a couple hours of sort of sleep in a train seat. with the help of a lot of coffee we had a look around oslo for the day before catching the late evening flight back to amsterdam.
this is the vikingskipshuset which houses 3 excavated viking longships that were used as tombs.
from the main chamber of olso´s radhus, or city hall, where the nobel peace prize is awarded every year.
norway has the strongest currency in the world and in oslo we bought our only restaurant meal in our entire time in the country. this is kylie´s $18 belgian waffle before she has even taken a bite. my meal was a bit more substantial but also substantially more expensive. we were thankful for the hospitality of fraser´s supervisor and family, as well as for our cabin kitchen in sundalsor where we made pasta and tikki masala and copious quantities of tea and hot chocolate.
now we are once again in soest but are heading to london tomorrow to see our friend diana. the final leg of our journey! in less than a week we will be back in canada. crazy! we are not yet ready to quit travelling but on the flip side we are excited about going home.
PLEASE PLEASE tell me that this is only the fasion in Europe and no one in Canada is wearing these absolutely ridiculous colours and outfits.
Lastly the main reason to love Belgium is the CHOCOLATE!!!! It is so tasty and creamy and just generally all around deliciously decadent. We ate A LOT of chocolate in our day and a half in Belguim along with our waffles and ice cream. Thankfully we have also been doing a lot of walking so we don't have anything to show for it yet!
We have arrived in Norway and have spent the day hanging out with Fraser!! We will keep you posted on our journeys in the land of ever changing weather. We experienced three separate blizzards and two lovely sunny days today!