The wide open spaces of Alberta still totally amaze us. Understandably, when people visit here, the Rockies tend to get all the attention, but there is much beauty to be seen on our own doorstep.
We often go for little drives, take a “new” route home or just go down a road we haven’t been down before.
Why are horses always so curious about what is on the other side of the fence!
Sometimes, you just feel really good about where you live!
Feeling the need for a nice day out, we decided to take a stroll around the Spruce Meadows Christmas Market.
It was another beautiful day, but the firepits were still lit and lots of people were making good use of them.
Before we started our shopping, we watched the chap doing ice sculptures for a short while. This guy is incredibly talented.
Here are just a few shots of the Spruce Meadows grounds. We really must make it a priority to go to a tournament sometime soon.
It’s a terrific place to visit and is so convenient being right on the southern edge of Calgary.
Apparently there was a record turn out at the Light up Okotoks evening this year, with around 7-8,000 people attending (if they were all locals, we’re talking just under half the town). This was probably due to the exceptionally mild weather.
As today is a public holiday in Alberta, we decided to take a drive down to Turner Valley, and the Chuck Wagon Cafe was the perfect spot to stop for lunch. We have heard a lot about it, and we can safely say, we’ll be back.
Jan had Huevos Rancheros which was very tasty and I had the most delicious burger.
As we were eating, we saw a really cute red VW Beetle drive past the window. Later, we were fortunate enough to see it parked around the corner so we managed to get these pictures – we so love this car with its wind up key!
After lunch we decided to drive on a bit further into Kananaskis. Driving closer to the mountains from the sunny, snow-free roads of Turner Valley, it felt like we were passing through the seasons at pace and so few miles from where we had started our drive, we were surprised to see so much snow up there.
All in all, it was a lovely, relaxing day off.
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