Fresh air and Momma time..

It’s been really nice to be able to get out and get some Fresh Air the last couple weekends. It’s always been something that relaxes me, gives me time to think, and any stress or anxiety I’m feeling just seems to lift away. I can go back to managing life again. My mom coming down for the weekend, was great. I always love when she comes down. She’s my best friend, I confide in her for everything. Since she lives 4.5 hours away, the days I get to spend with her I cherish every minute of it.

Saturday. My mom and I woke up lounged around with the pups for a bit – It was nice to sleep in, although it would help if I got a good nights sleep before! We got ready and headed to Babies R Us to check out some Stroller and Car seat sets, and then headed to Walmart to check them out there too as well.  Once we got home from shopping around we headed for the dog park with Easy, Eva and Juno and watched the sun go down. Later that night, my mom and I decided to be ambitious since I had this Cinnamon Bun recipe forever that i found on Pintrest and wanted to try. We made the Dough, Filling and Cream Cheese topping all from scratch. They turned out AH-MAZING. I’m definitely going to be baking some more of them this week! Here are some photos i took while we were at the park :

Sunday. I saw my mom and Juno off in the Morning, which is never a happy thing for me (can she just come and live with me, please?!). Once she left, i got ready and waited for Alyssa to be at my house. Alyssa and I headed out of Calgary at around 10am. We were headed for Mount Yamnuska.  Now, I’m not totally against ever doing this hike. But, it was never on my hit list of hikes ‘to-do’. Mainly because of how popular it is (I can’t stand the crowds). But, since this was Alyssa’s first ‘Mountain” hike. I thought it would be good, nice and close. Something new for the both of us! Once we got to the parking lot it was basically empty, which was a relief for me. The plan was never to summit, as I knew it wouldn’t be do-able in the winter, because of the icy conditions (and I mean VERY icy) so we decided to go as far as we wanted and the headed back down. We got up to the first cliff ban, and because it got more sketch the further we went, we decided to hangout at the top and snap some photos there. I get the just of the view. I would say its the same view as Door Jamb mountain and Loder Peak soooo – been there done that haha. The hike was still great none the less.  Here are some photos I took :

Now, to get ready for the work week. But, I have no mountain plans for next weekend (as of yet haha). I deem it necessary to take a break every once in awhile.Fresh air and relaxation are  both key to having the perfect balance in life. Since I’m in ‘baking’ mode. I think ill do some of that.

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

A weekend with warm weather…finally!

This weekend was spent in the mountains (much needed might I add). I haven’t been able to get out as much as I usually do. Mainly because of Christmas Holidays, and the fact that I have been sick for the last couple months. Not like, dying Ill. But, the first Trimester of a Pregnancy is absolutely the worst, you feel nothing but non-stop sickness, tiredness, soreness everything you can imagine haha. Thankfully all those shitty symptoms have subsided and I finally feel like myself again – woo for second Trimester! (maybe a little more tired then normal). The weather has finally taken a turn for the better, I was getting pretty sick and tired of the -30 bullshit and not being able to take the dogs out for a 5 min walk! This weekend was about -5, which considering what we have been dealing with for the last few weeks is great. I wanted to get out and enjoy it, because we all know that it wont last.

On Saturday Joel, Easy, Eva and I headed to Bragg Creek to hike Fullerton Loop. This is an easy and very beautiful hike. It takes us about 30-45 mins from our door step to get to the trail head which is nice. The hike is about 2 hours long and there is a view point near the end of the hike which is really nice to lookout over the Kananaskis Valley. While we were driving out we even got to see a Moose, which i thought was pretty neat! It’s not very often Joel comes hiking with the pups and I. So I definitely cherished this one a little more. We didn’t even need jackets, the sun was shining, it was such a great day with my family. Here are some photos of that hike :

On Sunday, Eva, Nicole, Ernie his Daughter and I grabbed some snowshoes from Sports Rent (don’t ever rent them from there, they are shitty shoes – I recommend MEC) and convoyed out to the very south end of Smith Dorrein Trail road. Our destination was the Trail Head for Black Prince Cirque to hike to Warspite Lake. When we arrived, it was colder then I had anticipated, and Eva wasn’t having any of it. So, on go the booties and jacket and she was ready to rock the trial. This is a easy trail, takes about 3 hours round trip. Incredibly beautiful in the winter time and full of x country skiers and snowshoers. At the lake front it was incredibly chilly out. My hair was white and frozen, along with my face haha, but was soooooo pretty. Snow covered trees are my absolute favorite. Here are some photos of that trip :

Now, to get through this work week. So, I can head back West with an old friend for some hiking!

Paradise Valley

The names a little deceiving, since it’s not at all like Paradise. Life is what you make of it, and how you perceive things. I ended up finding my own little slice of heaven hanging out on my Momma’s place, which happens to be on a Bison Ranch, for the last few days. It was incredibly cold, but so magical. Every day was a hoarfrost, Joel and I got to rip on the sled, and play in the snow – It’s safe to say, I know what our next investment is going to be for winter fun- and admire the Bison from afar. G-Pa Flint took us up in his truck on one of the pens, so we got to experience them up close and personal. It was the ultimate relaxation. The stars out there are amazing. Not a single city light about. But, managing to stay outside in -35 in the middle of the night isn’t so easy. Here are some photos I grabbed while out there! 

New Year’s Eve Tradition

Shae and I went to the Natural Bridge, in Yoho National Park for a New Year’s Eve Day spent in the mountains last year (2015). It was only fitting, seeing both our schedules worked together that we go there again. Same place, but a little different this time. We were able to go fully underneath the Natural Bridge and walk right up to it, it was amazing. We stopped at Emerald Lake, and Marble Canyon. Hiked around a bit and played in the snow as well. It was a day well spent for our last day of 2016. Here are some photos of the day :

Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary

Weaselhead Natural Area : This park is one of my favorites. I found it a couple years ago when I was looking for parks in and around Calgary that didn’t require me to drive to far. It’s located South Calgary, just off of Crowchild and borders the west end of the Glenmore Reservoir. Easy to access and offers a wide variety of walking/hiking/biking trails. Because it is so close to the City outskirts, bears tend to roam around here once in awhile, along with other wildlife. Since it has been atleast -30 with the wind chill for the last week, it’s been kind of hard getting outside. But, Nicole and I bundled up with our snow gear and headed out for a couple hours to enjoy some fresh air. The sun was going down, and it was going down quick. It was a BEAUTIFUL sunset. Here are some photos I got :

Mornings in the Rockies

      This Saturday, I woke up at 5am (shocker!!). Made some breaky, got dressed took my daily vitamins (those are important!) and headed out the door around 6:15am to pick Nic up.

We were headed West to catch the sunrise. Now, this is an awesome location. The water is SO calm and it reflects the 3 sisters in Canmore, AB amazingly. Lots of people know of this place, lots of people don’t. Id rather let you do your research to find it ;). The sky had it up. Pinks, Oranges, and hints of Purple. After we watched the clouds blow up with color, it was off to my fave place. Rocky Mountain Begal Co. of course. I obvi had to get the B.C.L.T for another morning breakfast (hehe) Here are some shots I got! :

Icefield’s Parkway

Driving this parkway, is my all time fave. There’s endless things to see and do. I love doing it, and probably do it twice a year. I wanted to get to it one last time this year before the snow flew (because you know, its going to snow eventually here!) Nic, was up for the adventure. We had contemplated going to the Athabasca Glacier, but from what I’ve heard the Ice Cave is no longer – Thankfully I experienced its greatness the last couple years! So we decided Waterfowl Lakes was the furthest we would go. Our first stop was the classic and ever so calm Herbert Lake, We then hiked up to Peyto, doing the scenic route and not hiking up a paved path. We even continued further then the look out point to an even better one, that I had never even been to before. Bow lake and Waterfowl Lakes were last.

Here are some photos of our trip :