03 November, 2009

OH CANADA

I live here now...
I know you think I'm joking, That's my dad standing there. Okay, now I'm lying, that's not my dad and we do get snow but it usually looks like this...

A lot less exciting huh? It's definitely dumped snow here, but it likes to blow away, really faaaarrrr away. The wind blows so hard that they have put up a wind gauge in Lethbridge.

Yes, that is a big wrecking ball blowing in the wind. Okay, okay, it is also a sculpture. I can never hold onto a lie very long, but let me tell you, the wind has blown so hard here that I have almost been blown back to school on my walk home. NO JOKE! The wind has also blown me across a skating rink. I hate the wind. It's ruined many ice cream cones.

After 20 years I have moved back to where I grew up, Southern Alberta.
Andre Salvador
Mike Basil Otto RappTo date a farmer who lives on property very similar to this...
Otto Rapp
He doesn't farm the coulee of course, he farms the land on top of his coulee. The flat stuff. It's very flat where I live. Strange after living among mountains for so long. And the city of Lethbridge isn't known for it's quaintness, but I'm determined to discover it. I know it's in there somewhere.

Luckily the mountains are only 45 minutes away. Alberta has some of the most beautiful wilderness you have ever seen.

I worked here for the summer...

Okay, I bailed after 2 weeks, but I still worked there!!! Waterton is a slice of heaven on earth and just an hour away.

Then there is Banff. It can feel like another world. Especially when you walk into the specialty shops and the Japanese shopkeepers shake their hands at you and exclaim, "I don't speak English."

"But, I'm in Canada....aren't I? Where am I?" It's very disconcerting.

Moving back has been surreal. But I will admit, something fills my heart when the Canadian border guards say, "Welcome home."

So there will be more to post about Alberta as I do my best to convince everyone to come for a visit.

8 comments:

jdub said...

Pfft...no more convincing needed for me! Spring wedding you say? I'm there! ;)

Lori Sume said...

i did not realize you lived near Banff and Waterton. i did not appreciate Banff when i was young. We went there for a business trip for my dad one time and i was just bored. Did not realize till a few years later what i missed out on as i sulked in the back of the car.

We miss you! I can see what you mean about being glad to be back home. I miss the ocean smell over to the west where i hale from... Just something about it makes me happy. and nostalgic.

Tom and Joellyn Clark and family said...

These photos look like they could have come straight out of my family's albums. It looks so familiar and warms my heart. Except for the snow part. And the blowing part. I have a picture like that of my dad too next to a huge snow drift, but I've never seen snow like that at home. Maybe we'll be neighbors someday- just over the border!

Deb F said...

No need to convince me either, been to Alberta a handful of times and will glad return no matter the event! We do miss you!

Sending you the sites, sorry for my delay.

Kristina Werner said...

Patti, dearest, I miss you! But those pictures look amazing, so I suppose I can forgive you for moving so far away. ;)

Count me in for a visit sometime. I've never been up to Canada before. Looking beautiful!

Lauren said...

Oh Patti...I miss you.

Scooter Bro said...

We do hjave a picture of Dad like that somewhere .. in waterton.

Holly Jones said...

Wow! Canada looks beautiful!