Good morning followers! My long absence has been noted. We made a splitsecond decision to move to Calgary, Alberta. It was a huge life change, I have been living in Vernon, BC most of my adult life and was super excited to leave. We packed up everything in storage and hit the road on Halloween. My 6 year old had dental work the day before and had no argument about giving up trick or treating. So we packed up the car and left. We spent the next few days in Banff. As soon as we got there, it snowed hard. The cold weather and the snow wasn’t a problem, we walked all over Banff anyway. What a beautiful town with some amazing scenery. Um, unfortunately all my pictures are on my phone…. and my husband left that in BC last week…
Two days before we left, we had just finished the Star Trek: Voyager series. We stayed at The Voyager Inn. I know. Cool, right? I didn’t plan that in anyway. We pulled into Banff late and it the first hotel we passed. We went out for a stroll once a day, found a mall to get some winter stuff. I did bring yarn for the journey but it wasn’t enough to make everyone something.
We had dinner from the Voyageur’s Lounge in the Inn one night. How fitting. My ancestors were important Voyageurs (us: cowboy) in the building of Canada. Monumental in the founding of Alberta and the key trading posts. Cool, huh?
The day before we left, we checked out the hot springs. What a magical day. For 25$ we got to sit in the hot springs while it snowed and our hair froze. What an amazing experience, I can’t wait to do it again. The best part? We weren’t the only crazy ones, the place was full! It was scary and cold until we jumped in. It took a while to coax my son in but he was a champ and eventually went for it.
When we got back to the hotel, we enjoyed the hot tub. They had an outdoor pool – that was open in this weather- but it was kinda gross so we stuck to the hot tub. We were the only people using the facilities until the day we left. I guess ski season started, glad we got out when we did or the town would be full.
We left after 3 days and headed toward Calgary. We pulled in, got a hotel right away and started looking for a place. It was too easy. I spent 10 years in Vernon looking for a place and all I got was a crack shack. I pulled into Calgary and had a basement suite the next day – cheaper and nicer.
We pulled out of Banff on a beautiful day and had a nice easy drive. I wish I had more pictures of the Rocky Mountains to share, but it’s ALWAYS dark when I go through. I’m very excited for spring, and many road trips. My Native American ancestors heavily populated this land and I look forward to seeing all of it.
We chose to randomly pull over for a bathroom break. We pulled onto a reserve and found this sign. This is on the land of my Stoney Nakoda ancestors. I found it very spiritual that even my ancient ancestors approved of my journey. I cannot wait to return to this checkpoint and see the Museum and scenery in the spring.
This is where our Journey ends – and begins. We got a nice place, my son is in a school that only goes to grade 4. Minimal bullying, a group of nice teachers who seem to care about their students. His school is brand new, I believe it just opened last year. We live in a nice community and my son loves to play with the kids upstairs. This is by far the best, craziest thing I have ever done and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
So much to work on!
I have begun a few projects since settling in. I plan on sharing them with you soon. I am developing my brand, and what I want to sell: New city, New opportunities, new market base. I may be able to sell stuff here, I certainly couldn’t in Vernon.
Wish me luck on my new life and I look forward to sharing my future projects with you!