… and just like that, the long weekend is over.
I absolutely enjoy my job and the whole Monday-Friday routine, but I much prefer not working. Don’t we all!
My good friend Lauren just moved back to Canmore for the summer so after work tonight, we decided to summit Ha Ling before bed. As we do. It’s a great hike for when you’re short on time and takes about 2.5-3 hrs. This ‘baby mountain’ is just under 7000 ft, with an elevation gain of around 2300 ft. It’s short but super steep! My favourite part of this hike is when I fall in THE SAME PLACE every single time on the descent. (The slippery dirt path next to a lone pine tree just steps away from the tree line.) Insert the sarcastic emoji.
It was great catching up with Lauren. Before I picked her up, I was thinking about how it doesn’t seem like she left. As soon as she got into the car she said, “It’s like nothing has changed! We’re just picking up where we left off.”
Let’s catch up on last week, shall we?
My long weekend was kind of a bust but I made the most of it. Late last week, I came down with a bad chest cold. I didn’t have enough energy or drive to do anything except binge watch Gossip Girl with one eye open. When I got home from work on Thursday, I climbed into bed at 4:30pm and didn’t move until Friday morning. The boy arrived later in the morning bearing the most amazing gift a girl could ask for.
Jelly Modern Doughnuts! My knight in shining armor. Truth is, I was kind of annoyed with him earlier in the day for running late (my biggest pet peeve in the world!) and he brought apology donuts instead of flowers. Does he know me, or what?
Cute story: back in the early-dating/slightly awkward phase of our relationship, he picked me up from work one afternoon with a dozen of these guys. We then proceeded to have a rainy day donut picnic in my living room. It was also the day I decided that I was quite fond of him and his company.
Seriously obsessed with this carrot cake donut. It’s the best flavor, by far. (And I don’t even like cake donuts!)
On Friday afternoon, we road tripped to Invermere, BC. I adore road trips through the mountains!
exploring Marble Canyon
kayaking on Windermere lake in Invermere (I want a kayak so bad!)
and traversing hoodoos
It was a great little 24 hour getaway to beautiful BC. I’ll be making my way over to Kelowna the first week of July to celebrate my birthday!
I spent the majority of Sunday in bed and woke up on Monday morning craving sunshine and fresh air. The boy had some city-friends in the area who were in the mood for an ‘easy adventure’ so we took them on a ‘tourist hike’ to Grassi Lakes.
Visitors frequent this Canmore-based “hike” and rock climbing hot spot for a few reasons: it’s easily accessible and appealing to all ages and fitness levels. And it’s pretty. I keep saying “hike” because it’s more like a 20 minute slight incline walk to a pair of brilliant emerald ponds. If you can push a stroller on the path, it’s not a hike. Yes? No? One time I saw a photo on Instagram of someone enjoying an 8000 calorie re-fuel snack after a ‘grueling hike’ to Grassi Lakes and I was all,
… or well-meaning souls who are fully decked out in mountaineering gear. All joking aside, Grassi Lakes IS gorgeous and I take all of my first-time visitors there as their introductory to Canmore.
I didn’t run at all last week – I wanted to wait until after I got a sports massage and then I got sick! Ah well, it happens.
Monday: Full body strength circuit
Tuesday: Upper body strength + 45 mins on the elliptical
Wednesday: Lower body strength followed by an awesomely painful sports (glute) massage
Sunday: Full body strength + 60 minute walk
I think I just need another day or two for my lungs and sinuses to clear and I should be back to running. Only 10 days until the Calgary Marathon! GULP.
Nothing exciting, other than those donuts. I basically ate cough drops, cough syrup, hot toddy’s, chewable Vitamin C for several days.
Tell me about your long weekend, Canadian friends! Did you go camping?
What are your pet peeves? Habitual tardiness, the sound of people dragging their teeth on forks while taking a bite of food (shudder).