We’re big on the “mini-vacation” around here, where we take off for a couple of days and go on some journey to somewhere, visit some places and do some things. Each one is great fun, without too much stress or overall expense, and always rejuvenating. For our last adventure, Sean had a conference in Canmore, so we ditched the dogs, hitched a ride to Calgary, and switched the day to day up a bit. We were so lucky to have Grandma join us, and Sean’s Aunt Heather host us in Calgary. We had a place to stay, good food to eat, and time to enjoy each other.
We went to a tea house in Kensington (where Sean’s cousin works) and drank fancy tea, ate Crave cupcakes, took the C-Train to the Science Center, found cheap pitas the size of basketballs, walked around downtown Calgary, and went to the zoo. We also stopped at the camp to visit Grandpa on the way home and stayed the night. Without further ado…
Blowpen art by India. Auntie Heather brought out a huge roll of paper and an tupperware bin of craft supplies to play with. The purple splotches became waving seaweed in an elaborate underwater scene.
The fairy tree in the plant building. There are orchids growing in each nook and cranny of this beautiful tree. It was so rejuvenating to be in a place filled with green living things, with flowers of every color, and with warm air. The perfect balm for the February blues (and ironically, a section of the zoo that we’ve never bothered to visit when we’ve been there in the summer.)
One of the advantages to going to the zoo in the middle of winter is that there is virtually no one else there. We got to spend as long as we wanted with each animal, and were able to see each one without fighting for a good view. We watched this guy for 20 minutes, as he came in and out of the water, shaking his ears as he came out and blowing tremendous bubbles as he went back under the water each time.
I had the chance to play with my camera a bit while Sean played with the kids in the camp gym. They were excited to see him after three days apart, especially Mattea, who woke up the third morning, pointed up the stairs, and said “Dada! Dada!”
And, as always, my favorite quote from the zoo, and one of my hopes for my family…
“Like water, be gentle and strong.
Be gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the earth,
and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world.”