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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our Journey. Don retired October 2011 so hopefully the travelling part will increase! When we are not vacationing check in for updates about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

If Only for a Day

Some days the urge to be travelling with the fifth down that highway is stronger than others. I've said before I don't want to wish the days away just to get somewhere else, but we're only human. 

January and February are usually pretty work intense for Don and somewhat so for myself. Things changed up a bit this year and Don is not in a flat out work mode, which probably contributes to the itch. 

So to placate ourselves this morning, when coffee was done and we were contemplating the day, it was a quick and easy decision when Don said we should drive to Jasper. So fueled up - we were on our way. 


It's such a beautiful winter day there is no doubt walking the streets of Japser would be far more enjoyable than the hallways of West Edmonton Mall where we normally get our steps in for the day in winter when sidewalks are icy and the damp wind cuts through your clothing. 

We don't seem to know many people who set out for day trips like this, but whether we are home in Alberta or discovering new roads in the western US, it's our favorite pastime. 

The Rocky Mountains are as majestic when snow covered as in all the other seasons. 


They provide the perfect background for conversation and reflection. 

Jasper was a quiet little village today compared to some visits, Sunday being the perfect choice for those who prefer the solitude.

After a walk around and a stop or two in some favorite shops we stopped to enjoy this view...

 
While enjoying this meal...


Of course the drive home was populated with the local wildlife standing guard on the highway...



And hence we escaped and refuelled, if only for a day. 

Until the next time!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year

What a busy holiday season!

The last few weeks have been filled with so many great visits and memories. We hosted the annual DWS Aggregates Consulting Christmas party to start the festivities. Once again our home was filled with family and friends. We enjoyed a full evening of food and laughter. Thanks to everyone who attended.  As always I think our grandkids were the special guests. 



Paul serves up a mean 7-Up. Turns out Connor might have a problem. Lol

We did experience a near miracle. All 5 grandchildren had a Santa visit with no tears. It was so beautiful. 



Our Christmas was on December 26 but Santa still managed to find us, probably because he listened to the kids, and fill stockings. 




We also had the great opportunity to watch Blake play all 4 games in his Christmas Tournament. They captured silver and he played awesome in all the games!


We also got to try out the Stecyk's new ice fishing tent...


It's almost big enough the camp in. 

Now we are back in our "usual" pattern. Don is working up north for a while and I'm doing the same here at home. 

A few exciting things coming up. I'm travelling to California for a week in February to spend some days with Lindsay and Jeremy and the boys (Jeremy is attending a conference), I'm attending the annual Federated Co-operatives Meetings in Saskatoon, and then just days later Don and I are headed south for about 8 weeks!  Woohoo!!  We are ready now I think. 

So enjoy the rest of January and I'll touch base soon!