We've made it to Australia!
Trip Start May 31, 2012
70Trip End Aug 08, 2013
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Just kidding! This was at the Calgary Zoo and the kangaroo isn't even real! Man, you guys sure are gullible. On another note, did you realize that gullible isn't even in the dictionary?! Ha, got you again!
We did actually make it to Calgary last Wednesday after taking the bus down from Edmonton. 24$ a piece for our bus tickets, pretty sweet deal. We stopped off at Enterprise to pick up our car that we had reserved for 6 pm, without realizing that Enterprise closes at 6. So we then cabbed to our B&B and just never went back to pick up our car. We didn't really need one anyway, so we just went to Budget on Friday and got a better deal. Turns out we didn't really need that car either, but it was nice to have it just in case anything came up, and we took it to the zoo on Friday, but I'm getting ahead of myself here
We arrived at the B&B and checked in, a lovely little place in the Mission district of Calgary, close to the Elbow River and pretty much right in between Laura's place and Jesse's place (Kara's brother). That first night, Wednesday night, we met Laura, Duncan and Chris at the Ship & Anchor for some drinks and a late dinner. Kara and I are pretty sure Laura has taken us to the Ship every time we visit Calgary, but we're not complaining because we love it there! We both had the fish and chips and some beers to wash it down.
The next day was my birthday and so we slept in a bit, had a nice breakfast of bagels, smoked salmon and quiche and then went for a walk around the Elbow River. It was a beautiful day for a walk and we went pretty far, exploring the area. We walked around Mount Royal and looked at all the nice houses, then went for a coffee and to Safeway to pick up some lunch. We got a salad mix, put in some avocados and walnuts and ate outside of the Westways B&B. In the afternoon, we took a nap, read our books and hung out in the room until about 4:30. We then went to Earl's for a pre-dinner snack of meatball sliders and some beers.
Due to the fact that it was my birthday, it was my call on what we were going to do that night
It turned out to be a great presentation and we really enjoyed it. Seth Shostak maintains that we should find evidence of life in outer space within the next 25 years, and if he's wrong, he owes us all a coffee. He's based his predictions partly on Moore's Law, which holds that every 18 months to 2 years, computer capacities double. This is due to the size of transistors that can fit in a circuit, and it is a consistent pattern in the computer world that every 2 years, memory doubles in computers. He used this as an analogy to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, in that every 18 months, SETI's search techniques reach twice as far into outer space as they had in the previous 18 months, and it's only a matter of time before they search far enough out there to find something. He maintains that it would be miraculous is we were actually alone in the universe and that every time that we believe we are special in some way in the universe, we turn out to be wrong. Anywho, this post is about our time in Calgary, not about Seth Shostak and aliens! But if you want to hear more about what this guy has to say then check out this podcast; http://www.startalkradio.net/?p=10
We met up with Laura and Duncan after the talk and had a nice dinner at District, and it came out that Duncan's favourite wrestler is the British Bulldog
Kara and I went to the zoo on Friday, and at the risk of impinging on Kara's 'Wildlife Wednesday' (which she has yet to start), I'll tell you all about some of the animals we saw; tigers, camels, gorillas, hippos, a giraffe and dinosaurs. We also saw the new penguin exhibit, they sure are cute little fellers. That's all I can say, Kara might break my legs if I spill too much.
For the weekend, Rex and Mo (Kara's parents) came up to visit from Medicine Hat and we all stayed with Jesse and Stacey. It was a very relaxing weekend with excellent food and great company. We played a bit of guitar with ukelele and harmonica backup, putting together a pretty good rendition of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'
On Sunday, Stacey's parents threw her a graduation party. Stacey had graduated 4 years ago but in the midst of her actual graduation, her Mom got sick and so had kept it in her mind since then that Stacey deserved a graduation party. They were such a sweet family and it was such a treat to meet her parents, Marilyn and Randy, her sister, Mandy and Mandy's boyfriend Chris. They had put together an amazing spread of food, a nice collection of wine and topped it off with a cake featuring Stacey's likeness. See pictures for evidence. Following the party, we stopped off at Laura and Duncan's on our way out of town. We listened to some Howlin' Wolf and some Dave Brubek and then hit the road, the road to Medicine Hat!
Onwards and upwards, or at least sideways to the Hat.