Monday Mischief 14: Oceanfront Park

As I mentioned yesterday, the Husband and I recently packed up the dogs and headed west to Vancouver Island.

One of many great parts about the vacation was being able to take the dogs to one of the nicest off leash parks – with a couple kilometres of beach in Victoria, BC.

To be honest, there was a lot of fun to be had, but not a lot of mischief! One of the impressive things about the park was how clean it was and how well behaved all the dogs seemed to be each time we went.  Moses and Alma had a blast!

No hesitation from Alma.

No hesitation from Alma.

Moses

Moses

For Alma, it was her first visit to the ocean (Moses’ second).

Moses and Alma

Moses

Moses

A couple of soggy Newfs

A couple of soggy Newfs

Driftwood

Alma

Alma

Moses fetches.

Moses fetches.

Alma along the park pathway

Alma along the park pathway

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Monday Mischief 13: A Day in the Rockies

A long weekend means the same thing for nearly every Calgarian: a trip west to the mountains.

So we did just that.

Moses at Emerald Lake

Moses at Emerald Lake

Posing for photos

Posing for photos

Brief walk up to Hamilton Falls

Brief walk up to Hamilton Falls

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Messy Moses

Quick stop at Two Jake Lake

And a quick stop at Two Jake Lake

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Monday Mischief 12: Dogs of Costa Rica

We’ve been assured that there wasn’t too much mischief had by Alma and Moses while we were on holidays, but here is what some of the dogs in Costa Rica were up to last week.

Playing in the waves at Playa del Coco

Playing in the waves at Playa del Coco

Rehydrating

Rehydrating after playing

People watching on a patio

People watching on a patio

Hoping tourists will share their sushi dinner

Hoping tourists will share their sushi dinner

Taking a stroll on the beach

Taking a solo stroll on the beach

Going for a lovely on-leash walk

Taking owners for a walk

Going for a bike ride

Going for a bike ride

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Monday Mischief 11: Snowballs

The bonus to having an endless snow-melt-snow-melt cycle in March?

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Snowball weather!

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Moses, of course, loves to try to catch them… provided he doesn’t have to get up to do it.

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Please, sir, can I have some more?

Please, sir, can I have some more?

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Monday Mischief 10: Mother Nature’s Mischief

The only one up to any real mischief this weekend was Mother Nature.

Or maybe Jack Frost.

If Martin Short plays you in the movies, that's a pretty clear sign of roguishness.

If Martin Short plays you in the movies, that’s a pretty clear sign of roguishness.

Allow me to illustrate.

This was Saturday afternoon:

Alma

Alma

Moses (and frisbee)

Moses (and frisbee)

And this was after 5 minutes outside on Sunday morning:

Alma

Alma

Moses

Moses

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Monday Mischief 9: Calgary’s Public Art

This is Crosby

This is Crosby

Crosby is our houseguest for a little bit.

Crosby is our houseguest for a little while.

She's such a good guest, even the cats don't mind her.

She’s such a good guest, even the cats don’t mind her.

Alma and Crosby are BFFs

Alma and Crosby are BFFs

We decided to check out Calgary's latest public art instalment - very cool!

We decided to check out Calgary’s latest public art instalment – very cool!

It's called Wonderland, by renowned artist Juame Plensa.

It’s called Wonderland, by renowned artist Juame Plensa.

Such a great addition to the city.

Such a great addition to the city.

Then took a stroll down Stephen Ave for an old favourite.

Then took a stroll down Stephen Ave for an old favourite.

Joined a herd of buffalo.

Joined a herd of buffalo.

Found more public art.

Found more public art.

Looked for perspective.

And looked for a little perspective.

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Monday Mischief 8: Winter Catch-Up

Instead of just using this opportunity to catch up on the weekend’s events, I’m going to share a few snapshots from the last few months that were spent away from the Soapbox.

Alma and my parents' dog playing at the dog park

Alma and my parents’ dog playing at the dog park over the holidays

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Alma, proving not all Newfs just lumber along

Statues

Statues

Moses, closer to home.  While the east was getting hammered by Nemo, Calgary was enjoying above-seasonal temperatures

Moses, closer to home. While the east was getting hammered by Nemo, Calgary was enjoying above-seasonal temperatures.

But we've had our fair share of a true Canadian winter, too

Of course, we’ve had our fair share of a true Canadian winter, too

And, one more time, if you haven’t had a chance to check out the Harlem Shake: Dog Edition video that features Moses and 20 of his canine friends, I highly recommend it.

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Monday Mischief 7: Sunset

While Alma accompanied the Husband on a long backcountry trip with the guys this weekend, Saturday brought Moses and I a sunset that could not be passed up!

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Monday Mischief 6: Kananaskis Hike

With only a few summer weekends left, we had to make the most of it and head to the mountains for a day hike.

Alma and the view from old Pigeon Lookout, down into the Kananaskis Valley

We decided to hike up McConnell Ridge to the Barrier Lake lookout.

Our GPS stats: a 14km round trip (taking Jewel Pass out), and a 1,700 foot elevation gain.

Moses had to sit this one out, but Dion, our houseguest for the weekend, came with us

Came across a little waterfall

And then stopped for some swimming in the lake on the way back.

Seriously – throw it!

A joint effort bringing back the stick

Hmm… I wonder how big the stick has to be before Dion won’t retrieve it….

No problem.

Alma offers moral support

Eventually it was time to shake off and resume heading back

Looking back on the lake and the ridge we hiked up earlier – great way to spend a day!

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Monday Mischief 5: The Peace Bridge

Last weekend, Calgary’s new famous (or perhaps ‘infamous’) landmark opened for public use, so I thought Moses and I should check it out.

There has been no shortage of controversy over the bridge since it was approved: the price tag ($25 million), the location, the design and build by a Spanish (instead of Canadian) company, and a routine weld inspection that resulted in major delays and extra work as a result of different requirements between Canada and Spain.   It was a hot topic in municipal politics here.

So of course I had to see first hand the results of all the commotion.

Heading to the bridge.

It’s a pedestrian bridge into downtown Calgary.

Moses feeling peaceful.

Across the bridge.

Not a bad landmark to have, I say.

I was not actually able to locate the reason why this bridge was named the “Peace Bridge”, but based on the turmoil caused in City Hall, its title is nothing short of ironic.

In any event, it’s done now and I think it looks great – another interesting piece of architecture to add to our city.

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