Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Calgary... Whirlwind tour!
Trip Start May 31, 2012
70Trip End Aug 08, 2013
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Matrix Hotel Edmonton
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
We checked into the Matrix Hotel and it was pretty nice. We went for dinner at Kara's friend Kristine's place that night and she made an amazing pumpkin soup. Her fiance made a really nice chocolate cake too so it was a beautiful dinner. He's from Iceland and Kristine is moving there at the end of August. He also plays trumpet and graciously offered to give Kara some trumpet lessons over the next couple of days. He showed her a lot of stuff and she improved greatly over just two days thanks to the expert tutelage of Cali Snorri (sp?).
The next morning, we met up with Trina and Adrian and the kids again, along with Sarah, Kara's cousin and her daughter Emily for a trip to Hawrelak park. That was a really nice visit and a beautiful day to be hanging out outside. That night, Kara's great aunt Jeannette had us over for supper and we dined with Kara's great uncle Fred and his wife Eileen. They were telling us all about their trip to Vietnam, 6 years ago. They loved it there and told us we would have a great time! They also gave us some tips, like make sure that if you're using American money, to only use crisp bills. Otherwise they might refuse, if there are some rips or unsightly folds in them. Good to know!
We stayed over at Trina and Adrian's the following night because we offered to take their kids to Medicine Hat and wanted to hit the road early. Trina was going to come down and meet us and the kids there on Friday or Saturday, so we took them with us on Wednesday just for the adventure. And an adventure it was! They were pretty good, all told, but I'd imagine any 6 and a half hour car ride with a 2 and a half year old and teething 9 month old would have it's share of troubles. Sample dialogue; Kara - "Are the kids sleeping?", Me - "Drew's sleeping, Ava has cheese whiz all over her face and is staring at me." I drove for the first half while Kara tended to the children and then we switched
We spent from Wednesday to Friday in Medicine Hat, at which time I took a bus up to Calgary to spend the weekend with Laura and Kara drove to Regina on Saturday to spend some time with Jordan there. While at Rex and Mo's, Rex and Ava made a rhubarb cake, Kara made a strawberry rhubarb pie, Mo made muffins and I ate a little bit of each. Ava was quite taken with Kara's trumpet playing and even received a lesson herself! We spent a lot of time out in the backyard where Mo had set up a kiddie pool and a slip 'n' slide for Ava and Drew. One of Ava's favourite activities was filling up the pool using the hose with the spray attachment. She also grabbed a cowboy hat and was running around with a rope lassoing everything, devoid of any other clothes. What a kid. Drew was trying to figure out what was going on with the slip 'n' slide out back.
So, at this point, the story diverges when I left to go to Calgary and Kara continued on to Regina. We'll have to get her to type up her side of the story in another instalment. I hopped on a bus and met Laura and Duncan at the Unicorn for a beer
The rest of the weekend is a blur, Stampede and beer and wine and good food
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