Back in the Grotto

Trip Start Jul 29, 2008
Trip End Aug 05, 2008

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Sunday, August 3, 2008

S M R T. You know what I'm talking about.

Refusing to learn from yesterdays escapades, I thought I'd give hiking in sandals another go. I was determined not to be defeated by Grotto Canyon, so back I went. I Would have worn hikers, but they were still puddles. I discovered a new hiking discomfort...blisters.

Fortunately as I was trying harder to follow directions this time, I noticed an older couple behind me. Suspecting [correctly] that they may be more prepared, I asked them if I was going the right way. A good chat later equipped with the knowledge I needed, I proceeded on at my own pace.

It turned out to be a very valuable decision to have that conversation, because on the way back, just as I was discovering my blisters, they came upon me and said hello again. They gave me a couple of bandages for my feet, which was great, 'cause I had at least an hour of hiking yet to get back to the truck.

Amazing. When following directions, the moderately easy hike was actually, well, moderately easy. I did more walking through the creek bed than I had to. I was just enjoying that I could. Have I mentioned that I love my new knee brace. Another perk to taking a more family friendly hike is the higher traffic. I know, the solitary treks are desirable, but it is nice to have enough noise about not to have to worry about big ol' critters and such. Plus It is nice to have a little casual conversation along the way, especially when it comes with directions and first-aid supplies.

I was determined to see the paintings on the walls of the canyon, but true to form, I failed to pay enough attention to notice any on the way in. I took more notice on the way out and was rewarded with some success. The hike was good, and the weather was perfect, just slightly over cast. Also, because it is mostly a hike through creek bed, there is no adjusting to altitude involved. All in all a bit of exercise, beautiful sights, and not so much of the whole out of breath thing. Perfect.

A longer trail actually would have been fun, but I just wasn't prepared today. Plus the festival is going on, and I don't want to miss too much. I decided, since I'm going to so many festivals, that I could miss a bit of the show today. The mountains are a little out of the way, so I don't come too often. I wanted to take advantage of my surroundings as much as possible.

The party last night was short. It was just for festival board members and artists. What a silly thing to do that on the first night. I'm sure most artists aren't even in town yet. My shift was to be from 11:30pm to 5:30am. We were out of there by 1:30. The kids were still partying on main street as I was heading back to the hostel for the night.
I was glad I did some hiking yesterday, since the party didn't tire me out too much. There were way more volunteers than we needed, so it was hard to find anything to do at all. I ended up joining the ladies who were selling the liquor tickets. They sold 5. Everyone at the party had comps, which probably cut into the sales.
Carol-Lynn and Adrianna were fun company for the evening anyway. Adrianna was mentioning here voice lessons. Apparently she 'channels' a song. I'm not really sure what that means, but it must work for her. She had a beautiful voice and this method gave her the confidence she needed to use it. 

Tonight is my second shift, also on post-parties. Not sure how long this one will go. Monday's party is the big hoopla; Sunday is anybodies guess. Gonna head out soon and catch the evening acts. Looking forward to the show and of course looking forward to the party too.
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