Escaping, or trying to

I wish I could say I wasn't a completely introverted person, but I am. My favourite thing in the world is to hang out at home and be lazy, but that isn't really that exciting or memorable. So, for the last 2 weekends James and I have tried to do something different. It turns out that different also equates to a lot of hard work.

We accidentally went on a 17km hike through Elk Island National Park. I hadn't been out to Elk Island since visiting for a High School Biology field trip way back when, it's so easy to forget that we live so close to such a pretty place. Be warned, though. The novelty of a park just 40 mins from the city wears off when hitting the 10th km of a seemingly endless hike with flies everywhere and too-little water, too high of humidity and a 30° day. Oh, and don't hike in Birkenstocks unless you absolutely have to, and check the map before leaving. That helps too.

Then last weekend James and I packed the dog in the car and took off to the mountains for a couple days. It wasn't nearly long enough, but duty called and we had to get back to work. We did get to swim in a fantastically clear lake which was the most amazing shade of turquoise (left), took a brief dip in the fantastically freezing Athabasca river (bottom right), and drive the windy road up to the beautiful Mt. Edith Cavell (top right).  I remember going up to Edith Cavell with my dad when I was small, and it's sad how little snow is left up there. 

This weekend I want to take it a bit easier, though I still have plans to build some shelves, bake some cookies (for payment for use of the necessary tools), do a bit of sewing, and wrap up the last bits of knitting I wanted to get in before the Olympics start. I'm still not 100% solid on what I'll be knitting through the games, though I suspect I'll have myself figured out this weekend. Edmonton is also hosting the Indy car race (I have no idea if it's the race..) and the track is right down the road from my house making this weekend the annual simulated living-in-a-beehive weekend. Joy of joys. At least we get a good view of the fighter jets that zip over!

What are you guys up to this weekend? Have you settled your Ravelympic/Ravellenic gameplan? 



  1. Wish there were mountains and lakes like that near me! Because you know, I'm so outdoorsy (NOT). I'm probably going to photograph a few things I've sewn--been putting it off for too long. Sunday i'll be bumming it at home with my dogs. Will attempt to finish my pullover. I'm an introvert as well :)

    1. Ha! I'm not really outdoorsy either, but I have to constantly remind myself how lucky I am to have that scenery 3 hours from my door. Plus, hiking somehow justifies drinking gallons of beer after. I don't know how, but it does.