Why Being A Calgary Weatherman Sucks

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They say the weather in Calgary is unpredictable. Sure, you can see the pictogram forecast on your 6 o’clock news that says it will be sunny and 17 for the next 7 days, but that prediction is really only valid for a few hours.

But really the dude reading the forecast could be telling you about what he ate for breakfast. The weather report doesnt matter and everyone knows it. Predicting weather in Calgary is about as easy as the Flames making the playoffs next season.

Here are photos from the past 2 Saturdays. They could have easily been from this morning and this afternoon. Last weekend, Z and I were working on building our backyard garden, this morning we were again. By 4 o’clock it was dumping tedding bear stuffing from the sky.

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Calgary, where weather forecasting isn’t a science, it’s a random suggestion of possibilities that could or could not occur during a specified time frame.

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Kids In Calgary: Geocaching On Patterson Hill

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Geocaching is a great way to spend some time getting your kids outdoors for some exercise. It’s a walk in the woods, it’s a mystery to solve and it’s celebratory when the cache is retrieved.

There are geocaches all over Calgary. The city recognized the family fun geocaching can be with city sponsored caches around the city for the 100th anniversary of Calgary Parks.

If you’re new to geocaching, check out this simple guide. Basically you just need a simple iPhone app and you can get it done.

When my son and I started geocaching, it took us half a dozen hikes before we found our first one. If you’re a first time geocacher, I’d suggest heading out to Patterson Hill. There are 5 caches in the area and 3 of them are easy walks from the path and are dead easy to spot.

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Have You Ever Been To Iceland?

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I’m one of the lucky ones, I went to Iceland in 2003 with Team Diabetes to run the marathon in Reykjavik and had an adventure of a lifetime.

Fire and ice doesn’t begin to describe this country that is in the news again because of Eyfyallayöküll and the disruption it’s caused to air travel across the world.

It’s not a shock, really. Iceland is home to the youngest pieces of Earth’s surface. The country is constantly expanding and exploding.

and geysers and ate puffin and whale. I took 3 excursions when I was there visiting the Golden Circle, Akureyri and Vestmanneyer.

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When I was there I witnessed moonscapes

I golfed the windiest course in the world, witnessed the birthplace of parliament and bathed in the Blue Lagoon.

Here’s a video from part of my trip and many photos from one of the most wondrous places on the planet.

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If you’re thinking about visiting Iceland, I’d HIGHLY recommend you go and joining Team Diabetes is a great way to see this magnificent country.

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Calgary Daytrips: Drumheller, Hoodoos and Dinosaurs

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Drumheller is only a 90 minute to 2 hour drive north east of Calgary, but we took our father/son time with the day and took the long scenic route home. We left just before 9a and returned just before 4p, covering 400km.

We saw the World’s Largest Dinosaur, visited the Royal Tyrrell Museum, crossed the suspension bridge in Rosedale and then climbed all over the hoodoos. It was a great full day and highly recommended as a family day trip.

It’s $3 to climb the dinosaur (at the Tourist Info Centre in Drumheller) and it offers a view from the mouth of the Red Deer River valley. The day we went up was very very windy. The dino swayed when we were at the top making our stay short,

The wind limited our exploration of the Royal Tyrrell Museum grounds. There are pathways to explore that we will save for the summer, instead we wandered the fabulous displays inside. At nearly 3, Zacharie wasn’t totally interested in the skeletons and information. We discovered the lax security in the gift shop and did the whole exhibit in reverse after I chased Z through the rear entrance.

We doubled back through Drumheller and went southeast of the town (which, by the way, recognizes the dinosaur motif that makes the town famous by having them appear in every park and random street corners) to visit a historic suspension bridge in Rosedale and the hoodoos. The bridge was suitably swingy, the hoodoos were smaller and less remarkable than I’d expected.

Here are some photos from our day and a great video on the Royal Tyrrell Museum done by Michael Kwan.

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How Many Trees Are In Alberta?

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I took a road trip east with Zacharie today. The plan was to investigate the dinosaurs of Drumheller, but something else happened along the way – I gained an appreciation for the prairies.

I’ve driven across Canada twice before, but it’s been decades since I’ve really been on the prairies. I grew up in BC with salt on my skin, rain on my face and trees towering over me. A gorgeous landscape for me has different colours, a short horizon and a variety of views.

It’s not like that on the prairies.

There was a segment of the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony that celebrated the prairies. It featured a dancer running in the wind on a field of gold and blue.

It’s a vista millions of Canadians recall as home, but I didnt appreciate it until today.

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The entire middle portion of Canada is flat, yellow and blue. Wind replaces salt, sun replaces rain, wheat instead of trees.

And it’s beautiful.

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