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PCT Slideshow

August 8th, 2004  · stk

Two years after we hiked 2,560-miles from Mexico to Canada along the PCT, Scott finalized the online slide show. We have added LOTS of new photos and they've all been modified to show at a higher resolution. Click HERE to see pictures and information about our 5-month long wilderness adventure. It was the experience of a lifetime!

Note: Our slide show is currently a Java applet, so make certain that you have the latest version of Java and that you have javascripting turned on in your browser.

(Scott has been motivated by Tom & Sheila, who've almost finished hiking the length of California. They're headed to Seiad Valley this week). We've been reading their online journal, which brings back memories of our 5-month-long hike. Just the motivation to get that slide show finished!

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Gran Visits

August 8th, 2004  · stk

Grandma Pilley made the trip out from Vancouver because it's hard to pass up a round-trip airline ticket for less than $100 (well, a bit more, actually, because of fees, taxes & an airport improvement 'donation' - don't you HATE that?).

She came out to visit us, help with some window-coverings (she runs her own 'soft furnishings' company in Vancouver - upholstery, covers, drapes, pillows & such). She was a BIG help and instrumental in getting two very nice sets of drapes up in the dining room window. We think that the neighbors appreciate the drapes too, because now, when Scott gets up in the middle of the night for a 'midnight snack', in the buff, he's NOT flashing the neighbors when he flips on the kitchen light!!

Anyway, we didn't leave Gran locked in the basement sewing ALL the time! We took her & the Oop out for a picnic lunch at one of the big Edmonton parks - Goldbar Park. We took the Oop, because we wanted her to have her first experience feeding the ducks, but even though we ate our lunch by a pond, none came.

Later, when we walked back across the North Saskatchewan River on one of the pedestrian bridges, we spied a bunch of Canadian Geese hanging out near the parking lot. Dubious about both the size and nature of these pooping machines, Scott was hesitant about letting Geese be Oop's first experience with fowl (FOUL?). Rachel had her heart set on a bird-feeding experience, however, and convinced an over-protective Dad that we should try. The birds were interested in food, no doubt, taking all the bread crumbs that were brought for that specific purpose - even FIGHTING over them. Alex laughed with glee and squealed with delight! Right until the very end, when the food was gone and the birds decided that MAYBE the Oop's fingers could be consumed.

Thanks for coming out Gran! It was a fun visit.

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Ninth Inning Oop

August 8th, 2004  · stk

This is the last year for the Edmonton Triple-A baseball team. (We're not sure about the full details, but they're headed to someplace in the States next year - financial reasons, no doubt. It's up in the air whether Edmonton will even HAVE a team next year). We got two tickets, courtesy of our neighbor across the lane, Paul. We got to watch the Edmonton "Trappers" play against the Tacoma, Washington "Rainiers". We thought we'd introduce Alex to baseball!

It was a WARM day (by Edmonton standards) ... probably somewhere in the mid-80's. Warm enough that people were flocking to get out of the sun and all the seats around us (way up in the nose-bleed section, in the shade) were jammed with people. Paul's seats were in the VERY LAST row, well protected from the sun (and rain), under the canopy.

Alex took it all in with her usual aplomb. She got pretty fidgety after the 6th inning and we even contemplated heading home, but Scott was adamant that she experience her first "Seventh Inning Stretch", so we stuck it out. By the end of the song, heck, the game was close and near the end, so we just stuck it out. We're glad we did because it was a GREAT finish. Edmonton went down a run in the top of the ninth and with two outs, two men on base, the Edmonton batter blasted one into right field to score both the tying and winning runs!! The Oop clapped and cheered (mostly because everyone else was clapping and cheering), but she was really in good spirits, despite the sweltering heat.

It's a great ballpark and we're thankful to Paul that we were able to add another experience to Alex's growing list. They were handing out "Trapper" rub-on tattoos to the kids, so Alex got one and sported it on her shoulder for two days (until her every-other-day bath, anyway). We even had a ball-cap for her to wear, though she kept pulling it off, because those of you who know Alex, know that she HATES HATS! Some things never change.

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Weather Button

July 5th, 2004  · stk

I've updated the weather button on our web page, using a new Edmonton-specific service. Temps are reported in degrees Celsius, which may throw off some U.S. readers. Scott thought about putting up a conversion table, but decided against it because he didn't know where to start: -50 degrees ? or -40 degrees ? It's just too depressing.

An example of the new button is on the left.

Scott finally DID put together a temperature scale. He made is very simple, so everyone (especially those relatives in Arizona) should be able to figure out just how miserable we'll be, come December.

Scott's Edmonton Temperature Scale

  • < -20°C = DAMN COLD!
  • -20°C to -10°C = COLD
  • -10° to 0°C = BALMY
  • 0° to +10°C = SHORTS WEATHER
  • > +10° = HOT

We're on the prairies now! We've been here approximately 3 weeks and we've already had two major storms. Those babies roll in fast and are accompanied by flashes of light and loud rolling boomers! The drops are big and we've even had a bit of hail. And when it pours ... it POURS! (Both times, Scott has been in the middle of barbecuing dinner and gotten soaked!) This ain't no Vancouver drizzle!

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First Visitors

July 5th, 2004  · stk

We're very happy to have so much extra space in our rented home! We were able to set up a guest bedroom in the basement, without too much of a problem. Rachel's friend, Michelle, along with her new beau, came up for a visit just after the U.S. 4th of July weekend. They stayed with us two nights and we had a great time. (They were planning on attending the Calgary stampede, so they took a 3-hour detour and swung up to see us).

Having visitors so soon after we moved was nice. It gave us impetus to get things sorted out quickly AND it meant that we could put 'unpacking' on the shelf, for a couple of days, while they were here. We barbequed a great steak dinner, drank some wine, played games, talked a lot and took them to nearby Rundle Park, for a picnic lunch. The weather was great and everyone had a grand time. Especially Alex, who already likes Michelle a lot and found a new playmate - Bruce!

Alex was living 'high on the hog' because she got all sorts of extra attention! They took her along while they ran errands, giving mom and dad the opportunity to go for another bike ride. (This time, we following the North Saskatchewan River Parkway in the other direction. Can you believe that we saw a red fox and a deer on our ride?

They left just this morning and we were sorry to see them go. We hope you come back soon!

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