Afternoon Swim

At the local regional park on Last Mountain Lake, they have lane swimming after lunch. Today, Brenda and I final made it there.

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No photos of us in action, but it was wonderful. I did 32 laps and even some front crawl, which I find really tiring. The water was the perfect temperature for it.

I was so happy, considering that it is a year since I last did anything but play in the water.

We will be leaving tomorrow, do this is a one-time shot. Sure wish I could do this every day!

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Why …………….

Are these tiny traffic sign posted in the ditch by the highway in Saskatchewan?

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I know, but do you?

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At The Zombie Race

We spent Fathers Day in Devon, Alberta, just south of Edmonton. And of all thing to to on a fine summer day, we found ourselves at a Zombie Race.

David’s cousin’s wife runs Marriot Fitness in Devon, and she does a lot of fund raising for good causes. This one was for the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, and wow! Does she ever do things right! This was their third Zombie Race. Lots of good clean (well! pretty muddy) fun and exercise and lots of laughs.

We weren’t quite sure what a Zombie Race was. It is basically a fun race through obstacles, where there are zombies popping out at you and trying to steal ribbons from your belt as you sneak by them. I think if you lost all your ribbons you are officially dead, but here, you just kept on running.

We arrived just a bit before it began, and there were the Zombies….. Some were university students, but lots were just adults and children who showed up in costume to take part.

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Tons of gross make up, and some very gruesome mask -

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Three zombies did a dance for us. One little girl who had been terrified of the zombies last year dressed up as one this time.

There were lots of the contestants who were also in costumes – here is one t-shirt I particularly liked.

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There was a family race, a children’s race, and then an adult race of 4 kilometres, which entailed going down by the river, and running up the bank, as well as climbing up the hill out of the park and sliding down a water slide made of three tarps, and lubricated generously by a hose on a water.

Here are some photos of the race, including crawling through the worm pit, swinging over the water (or not), and the end of the yellow tunnel.

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And to top off a fine morning, here is David’s Dad, dancing with a zombie.

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A morning of good clean but slimy and muddy fun.

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An Interesting Encounter

The day after we arrived from Russia, we were on the road again. This time, we drove from Black Diamond, just south of Calgary, to visit family just south of Edmonton. David’s parent had been looking forward to our arrival, and the chance to visit with friends, as they don’t travel that far on their own any more.

Seems a bit unfair that David had assured everyone that it would be no trouble driving after a 24 hour flight from Russia, covering 7 time zones and the International Date Line. The unfair bit is that I was doing the driving while everyone else napped peacefully.

We stopped for lunch and a visit in Red Deer, and then were on our way. I was unsure of where out hotel was in Leduc, so I opted to stop at Tim Hortons. Amazing how people sleeping in a car will awaken when the rhythm changes. Fortunately, all were in favour of a break and a coffee.

Sitting inside with a good view of the parking lot, we spied a bright orange Harley with a most curious trailer behind. The top was open, and it seemed to have an open roof and a wind shield of sorts. Curiosity got the better of the men, and they went out to have a closer look.

As they approached the bike, the owner appeared, and the mystery was solved.

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The owner said that his dog was about eight years old, and they often travelled together like this. They have been to Las Vegas several times. He said that his dog can be very protective of the vehicle, but he seemed very friendly……… Maybe he just knows good people. They have been featured on Facebook, and in a motorcycle magazine as well.

The dog has goggles to wear on the trip, but he wants to get him some aviator shades as well.

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I took the photos through the restaurant window, but as they left the parking lot, there were many smiles and many cameras clicking a remember acne of this chance encounter.

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On Our way

We are on our way to Canada, in Vladivostok airport. We have collected out luggage, eaten, and have another half hour before we can check in for out flights to Seoul and onward.

I have to admit that there is a bit more airport here than in in Yuzhno. In fairness, however, one has to remember that in Yuzhno, you are either coming in or leaving – there is nowhere to transfer to.

Here, there are souvenir shops, eateries, ( and many more on the way, by the looks of it)

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There is even a post office, although it is closed today because of the National holiday. It has some interesting things in the window, howeve, like your favourite children’s movies in Russian.

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And some Russian dolls –

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You can buy a model ship or airplane -

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Or caviar – even the good, black one…….

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I have earned that this is the beginning of the range of the Amur tiger…..

Looks like Vladivostok is a happenin’ place.

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Missing In Action – Again

Sorry that I haven’t been posting much lately – I have taken tons of photos and seen some really interesting places…….. and just not sat down long enough at the computer to share them with you. The weather the past couple of weeks has been incredible – and I have spent every moment I could out enjoying it.

We are heading home to Canada tomorrow – and I am frantically packing, and cleaning up the house before the pet-sitters arrive. Looks like we are leaving just in time, as today it poured all afternoon, and the forecast is for at least a week of the same.  I’m not sure it will be much different in the Prairies, but we shall see.

I will try to post short notes of our adventures back in Canada – and hope to catch up with the good Yuzhno stuff when we return here mid-July.

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BBQ in Yuzhno

Last Saturday, we had a BBQ here in Yuzhno.  David wanted to treat the staff in his department, but when it was delayed by a week due to nasty weather, there were only three available to come.  He invited the support staff and their families. The conversation was a mixture of English and Russian – enough English for us to have a great time as well.

There are several BBQ facilities here.  We picked the one that is part way up the mountain, and very close to the ski hill.  P1090394They have a series of covered picnic areas, and an attached BBQ.  They will even supply the coal and the cook for a small fee, leaving the partiers free to enjoy themselves, and, as David said – free of blame if the steaks are overdone.

I had never been faced with planning a feast for 35 people before, and wasn’t sure where to find everything I needed.  We got steak at the Korean market, pop and beer at the bulk food store, salads and chicken and sausage and cakes at the local supermarkets….. and lots of throw-away plates and cutlery.  When we set forth on Saturday afternoon, the car was full.

It was a glorious day, and everyone had fun.  We bought water pistols for the kids, and they had a blast.  P1090517

 

There were also balls, a skipping rope and a hula hoop, which sparked competition not only between the children, but the adults as well.

Enough said – here are a few photos of the park facilities, the beautiful forest beside us, and the fun.

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Such lovely weather (in spite of the late rain) – so lucky to be outdoors with great people in a beautiful place.  Love you, Sakhalin.

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