“Oh my god. You’re one of THOSE girls.” -my friend Paul’s reaction to my excitement over finding pumpkin spice Oreos. (And date rolls!) Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure he referred to me as “one of those things” instead of a girl.
One of those things. Thanks buddy guy… thing. Laugh it up. Keep in mind, it was HIM who asked if we could dig into the Oreos shortly after dinner on Saturday night. (Paul is BFFs with my work husband, Carlos. And now we’re the three best friends that anyone could have!)
Okay, I understand I have a naturally occurring tendency to do typical white people stuff. But I embrace it. This is who I am. I turn salads into smoothies, caption my Instagram photos with inspirational quotes and celebrate the seasonal shift with pumpkin spicing every morsel of food and beverage that crosses my lips.
Pumpkin spice season is my favourite mass consumerism holiday of the year. I did a lot of pumpkin-y things over the weekend:
-I added pumpkin pie spice to my french press
-Bought a can of pumpkin puree, Oreos and Natural Delights
-Made overnight pumpkin protein oats
(Good god, how many times can I insert the word pumpkin into this post? I’m getting annoyed with myself)
I am done now.
Alright, so this weekend! I ran 8 miles after work on Friday night. The only thing I wanted to do was run, eat and watch tv. That’s my idea of a perfect evening, if you ask me. I couldn’t have timed it better, because a few moments after my friend picked me up, it started storming. I’m talking high winds, heavy rain, lightning and thunder that lasted deep into the middle of the night. It was the first crazy thunderstorm I’ve experienced in the Rockies. From time to time, we might get a few lightning strikes here and there, but nothing like the wild storms on the prairies.
Saturday night, I stayed in and cooked dinner for my buds, laughed for a few hours and went to bed. I had a 6:30am alarm set for Sunday morning, because I had a busy day planned with my #AlbertaAdventureGirls friends.
Our adventure: Tryst Lake in Kananaskis.
I made sure to give myself enough time to explore the Smith-Dorrien road on the way. It’s a photographers paradise, that’s for sure. (Especially in the morning!) That Friday night thunderstorm I mentioned earlier? Yeah, it turned into a snow storm at the higher elevations at some point in the night. It made for quite the foggy, eerie, quiet morning.
A few scenes from my journey to the trailhead:
Trailpeak suggests the hike to Tryst Lake takes 5 hours, but we finished it in under 3 – walking at a leisurely pace AND through snow. Not only that, we lost the trail a few times due to the snow cover. I’d imagine that in the summer months, it would take 2-2.5 hours to complete the entire thing.
Due to the low cloud cover, we couldn’t see the mountains, but I really want to come back on a clear day to get a better view.
It looks a lot colder than it actually was. We were all sweating and had to keep removing or adding layers. Love these girls and our group. We are in the midst of planning some upcoming Calgary adventures – Screamfest, an outdoor potluck/bonfire, yoga classes and more. If you’d like to come, join our Facebook group to RSVP and to find more details. For privacy and safety reasons, it’s a closed group, so just request to join and we’ll add ya!
After parting ways with Amanda and Courtney, I headed off on a solo mission, but I’ll tell you more about it later this week.
Over to you:
What did you do on your last friend-date?
What’s the weather like in your area? It’s back to fall here and the snow is gone.