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23 March 2008 @ 09:19 pm
Where The Miles Are Short, The Feet Are Long, And The Money Is Funny  
So, we're watching curling on the hotel TV in Canmore, drinking peach cider. Happy birthday to me!

But, well, trying not to think about how much it cost to fill up the tank. That's gonna leave a mark.

Anyway, left Montana early (spend the night in Shelby -- it was kind of funny in customs, they were like "so, you drove all the way from Denver just to spend three days in Canada?" Okay, yeah, I guess if you put it that way, it does sound a bit suspicous), hit Calgary a bit after noon, had dim sum in Chinatown (not the best dim sum ever, but dim sum is always a gamble. The shrimp dumplings were easily the best I've ever had. The pork dumplings possibly the worst).

We went to the top the Calgary tower. I might have gotten a bunch of awesome pictures, but I'd dropped the camera, and the lens was -- unknown to me -- jammed in f/4 (while the camera was metering for well, not exactly set for f/4), so pretty much every single picture I took all afternoon with the SLR was a total loss (from the tower, wandering around +15, the dim sum restaurant, the Korean restaurant front, mostly over-exposed to full frames of white). So you guys will be safe from those. On the other hand, I got the important pictures with the pocket camera, so it's fine. And what I really wanted that camera for was Banff tomorrow. Still a shame, though.

Anyway, we did the Korean BBQ at the Korean place a Japanese friend suggested (since she'd done a year of college in Calgary, although she lives in Tokyo or Kawasaki I think these days), which was great (almost keeping up the yakiniku tradition). And here we are, chilling out before hitting Banff tomorrow. Woo.
In the mood: happyhappy
Kyaa the Catlord: cakekyaathecatlord on March 24th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
There's curling on? HAAAAAAAAAAAR!
Douglas Triggs: atomsdoubt72 on March 24th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
Curling is awesome.
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on March 24th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Also, only in Canada would there be an ad featuring curling.
Kyaa the Catlord: bluekyaathecatlord on March 24th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Yes, curling is the awesomest.

Kyaa likes curling. Throwing rocks + brooms = teh bestest.
Laurel Amberdine: skyamberdine on March 24th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!

Glad to hear you're having a good time.
Douglas Triggsdoubt72 on March 25th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
dragonet2dragonet2 on March 24th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
WAAAH, I wanna go to Banff
Some friends took their honeymoon there and the photos they brought back were spectacular. they stayed at that faboo lodge too.

Happy birthday, honey! hugs across the e-ways, glad you're having a good time.
Douglas Triggs: danger death raydoubt72 on March 25th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: WAAAH, I wanna go to Banff
Banff is arguably better when it's not still deep in the throes of the Canadian winter. Not that that doesn't have its charm, too.

It would have more charm if it wasn't cloudy and overcast.
Jimmy Hollaman and GUSjimmy_hollaman on March 24th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
peach cider sounds wonderfull, who makes it.....
Douglas Triggs: domo-kube beerdoubt72 on March 25th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Growers BC, seems like.

It's reasonably tasty.
Jimmy Hollaman and GUSjimmy_hollaman on March 25th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
you have me curious now if i can find it around MO. I have tried the pear cider and kind of liked it, but this sounds so good.
arwensouth: AlienGiftarwensouth on March 24th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Sounds like you're having a good trip. Sorry to hear about the camera, though. Oddly, I biffed a camera in Canada once, too.

And I had a friend in high school who spent all her summers in Shelby, MT. It didn't sound like a very exciting place... :P

Safe travels!
Douglas Triggs: bad icondoubt72 on March 25th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Camera's pretty much fine, once we unjammed it. Although I screwed up some pictures today too (not really anything important, it wasn't a great day for photography in the first place).

As for Shelby... Uh, yeah. :)
asakiyume: bluebirdasakiyume on March 24th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, peach cider does sound awesome! Sounds like a great adventure--enjoy the rest of it--and happy birthday!
Douglas Triggs: bihoro-tougedoubt72 on March 25th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
arianprincess on March 24th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Happy B-Day!
Happy Birthday!

I hope you are having a fun birthday road trip :-)

I'll need to think of something for my b-day...

Have a safe drive back home!
Douglas Triggs: bad eggdoubt72 on March 25th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
Re: Happy B-Day!

I recommend... Korean BBQ. :)
sf_readersf_reader on March 25th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
When I was very young, the only TV station we had was in Canada. I saw pleanty of curling.

Sorry to hear that your photos were ruined, but glad that the camera is still fine.
Douglas Triggs: domo-kube lostdoubt72 on March 27th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, I would have kept maybe four or five of the pictures I lost, and they weren't the most important ones.

I suppose people will see what I mean soon enough.