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Running in Kananaskis

So, I decided to go out for a little run today.  This was the path I decided to run along:

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Not too bad of scenery to have as the backdrop to my run, eh?  And as I was lost in thoughts such as “I wonder what world leaders have gone for a run along this very same path?” and “How can I make $1 zillion so that I can afford to come here all the time?”, I ran around a bend to discover this little beauty:

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Not something I typically see on my runs in Vancouver!

I continued along this path, but it turned out to be shorter than I had wanted for a run, so I doubled back along the path until I came to the Terrace Trail, a hiking trail through the bush, and ran along it for a while.  It was pretty hilly and rocky, so I had to be careful not to trip or go over on my ankle, which is totally the kind of thing I would do this close to race day.  As I headed back up the Terrace Trail, a coyote ran right across my path!  I wasn’t able to get my camera out quick enough to take a photo of him – he ran deep into the trees and then turned back to check me out. I noticed that there was another coyote in there, but the two of them ran off, leaving me photoless!  I continued on my way and then came upon two more deer!

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Or possibly that’s the same deer who had just relocated and found a friend. I don’t know how you tell deer apart, to be quite honest. But unlike the coyotes, they seemed perfectly content to stick around while I took their photos.

Also, I think my runs would be a lot faster if I didn’t stop to take so many pictures!

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In Kananaskis

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View from the hotel room

I’m writing this from a hotel in Kananaskis – a nice little weekend getaway at the start of what is going to be an insanely busy month at work1.  I kind of thought that everyone knew where Kananaskis was since the G8 was held here in 2002, but that assumption has proven false, given the blank stares2 I’ve received in reply to my “I’m going to Kananaskis for the weekend!”  Tod’s here for a conference and I decided to tag along to enjoy the mountain air and, of course, the hotel pool and hot tub.  Tomorrow I think I shall venture out for a run, as I can’t imagine nicer scenery in which to spend 8 km!

We flew to Calgary, which, as long-time readers will know, is not my favourite place, but mercifully drove away as quickly as possible towards the mountains.  I have to say, I freaking love being in the mountains!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend too!

  1. why did ALL of my big projects decide to have major things happen in June?  And then data collection that wasn’t supposed to be done until July went really well and is finished already, so it’s ready for me to analyze. And it’s my favourite little project, so I’m champing at the bit to see what the data has to say, but I don’t have time to look at it for a month! []
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