That’s what the high was for today and we couldn’t have been happier. We decided that we had to commemorate the gorgeous weather by donning shorts (or capris in my case) and going on a family hike to our favorite natural place in our city, Fish Creek Park, Canada’s largest urban park according to Alberta Tourism, Parks, Recreation and Culture.

This is what Bruce did just as soon as he knew he was coming along. He raced out the door with the boys and the minute they opened the car door, this is where he was found. Ready and waiting.

bruce driver 3

bruce driver 2

“Umm… helloooo… are you coming or what?”

bruce driver 1

I’ll spare you a lot of talk… We had a great time. I took lots of pictures.

First thing we saw was this, only I didn’t have my zoom lens on so I only got this tiny far away picture. Grrr!

pheasant

Whenever we go on walks there are a great many sticks involved.

T walking1

T walking 2

creekside 1

And I take pointless pictures of trees. Is it so weird that I love bare branches? (I put a watercolor effect on this one.)

watercolor branches

bud1

Everyone gets adventuresome and exploratory and very scientific in their discoveries. There are always tracks to be followed, scents to be tracked and surely wild, and probably poisonous, animals lurking around every corner.

antses2

In this case, there were “antses” that needed to be examined closely. VERY closely.

antses 1

And then there are the bugs that Mom likes to chase…

butterfly1

butterfly2

(those are actually two different pictures, not just the same picture developed differently… it sat nice and still for me.) :^)

My toddler insisted on walking for at least part of the way. Because we didn’t want to walk quite that slowly he rode in the stroller for much of it though.

C walking 2

I don’t get enough pictures taken of me with my kids so I shoved the camera over into the hands of The Pastor and he wielded it quite effectively don’t you think?

Nan and C

Branches… logs, sticks… they all are likely subjects for me…

tree in pond

pond

bird in pond

Bruce was in doggy heaven. His nose was about to come unglued it was so happy.

bruce sniffing air

bruce alert

He lifted his leg to about 2,749 trees and shrubs. Really, he couldn’t have been any happier.

bruce funny look

I think few people really and truly enjoy warm weather as much as residents of Canada (or maybe Siberia and Sweden too.) When the weather is nice you really feel a part of the community because it seems that just about everyone and their dog is out enjoying it. I love that about the arrival of warmer temperatures here. Nobody takes it for granted. We squeeze every drop of life out of the warm months.

11 thoughts on “70 Beautiful Degrees

  1. Your dog is hilarious! What gorgeous pictures! I love the one of the log in the water, and the one of your two boys standing back on, and the one of your little one checking out the bugs, and the one of you and your little one, and….. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. My oldest was a Boy of Many Sticks.
    He was three when my husband and I got married, and he was *in heaven* during the reception. It was outdoors in what my in-laws refer to as their ‘grove’, a large, grassy, tree studded area on their farm.
    Jeffrey found the perfect stick and was *this close* to poking it right into the wedding cake before one of my relatives stopped him.

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  3. Thanks Jacqueline! :^P

    Yes, it was such a lovely day, Kim!

    What is it with boys and sticks? (I’m guessing that it’s probably not just boys though… I think I recall collecting sticks too.) I can’t believe that story about the wedding cake!! Oh my goodness!! I can just imagine everyone screaming and running (in slow motion) to catch him before the fatal blow! LOL

  4. Ooo yea, life returns to the great white north eh? Awesome for you! Yep, boy + outside = stick in hand, no doubt about it. Well, shoot, I can’t just say ‘outside’, mine bring them in the house too. I’ve had to post a new rule to leave the sticks by the door please. :giggle:
    LOVE the “antses” pics! Ha! Too cute that little guy.

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  5. What a great day! I loved the picture of the two boys with their backs to you and of course the one of Bruce getting ready to drive away! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I am not-so-patiently waiting for our warm weather…it hasn’t arrived yet. I found out on Sunday on the news that the little snowfall we had on Fri. was 19 inches…the most ever recorded in our town in 24 hours…

    So glad I was here to see it! LOL

    Great pictures…I love the one of Bruce in the drivers seat! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I’m so happy for warmer weather for you. Ours is coming, I just know it. Last week we did have a few high 60’s but then over the weekend we got 18″ of snow! Does Bruce usually go w/o a leash? I think Goldie would tkae off after the first sign of movement in the bushes and be gone forever. He is always leashed, poor doggie.

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