Friday, July 29, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things and Friday Flashback


Another week has zoomed past. It's time to celebrate with Lexa Cain, and her co-hosts: L.G. Keltner and Tonya Drecker.

1. Last Saturday we went downtown to the gorgeous Kodak Theater to listen to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra play Disney tunes while they projected the famous movie scenes on a large screen. Highlights included The Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Beauty and the Beast.

2. Speaking of The Little Mermaid, my daughter will be a starfish, a seagull, a sailor, and a featured chef in her summer theatre program. The three shows start tomorrow.

3. My kids and husband have plans this Sunday that don't include me. Oh my goodness and gosh, solitary free time!?! It's been weeks.

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It's also time for Friday Flashback with Michael D' Agostino. If you'd like to join this blog hop, you can find him at A Life Examined. Today I'm going back to the summer of 2010 and an extraordinary trip to Banff, Canada.


Language Lessons in Banff



Last week my husband and I went to Banff in Alberta, Canada. The lake was blue green, the streams clear, spruce trees were everywhere, and the temperature was a perfect high 60s, low 70s. Even the chipmunks were extra cute and ready to jump on your lap for a power bar crumb or two. No, I was a good girl, and didn’t feed the wildlife. All in all, a hiker’s paradise as long as you don’t mind going up.



One thing about this destination—it attracts people from all over the world. So, for example, when I was clinging to a mountain side temporarily halted by my troublesome vertigo and the urge to scream, “I’m gonna die!” I heard, “What an idiot!” in several different languages. At least, that what I think they said.



On the second morning, we went for a canoe ride across Lake Louise. It cost about 40 bucks for an hour and they promised to charge us for a second hour if we were late. So off we went, with the rising sun at our backs and soon discovered that rowing straight requires some cooperation. Me: “Honey, you’re steering us into the rocks. They said stay ten feet from the shore. Honey!” Husband: “Wait, let me take this picture.” On the way back, the lake was full of red canoes and I realized the sun shining off the water was very, very bright, sparkling like a disco ball from migraine Hades. I pulled my hat over my eyes and squeezed them shut, rowing to beat the clock. We came close enough to the other canoes for me to hear “Anata wa baka” and “Du bist bekloppt”.



That afternoon we went to see Takakkaw Falls. It was gorgeous and quite cold at the bottom. All that pounding, flowing water had a predictable effect on my bladder, but alas, there were no port-a-potties around. “T'es un imbécile!”



French is such a pretty language, isn’t it? I can’t wait to go back.


22 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures! I've heard great things about Banff and hope to make it there someday.
    Congrats to your daughter and I hope the show is tons of fun. Enjoy your free Sunday!

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  2. What a beautiful area to explore.
    Good luck to your daughter and enjoy your free time on Sunday.

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  3. Inspiring photos! I'm sure those people were just shouting words of encouragement.

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  4. Gorgeous! Canoeing is so much fun.

    Do you have to make those costumes for your daughter?

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    1. No, thank goodness. It is such a big production, the ensemble is wearing basic black and white with accessories.

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  5. Your flashback post is funny. I can't imagine what might happen if Willy Dunne Wooters and I tried to row anything. We'd probably be charged a lot of extra money because someone would have to come out to rescue us.

    Love,
    Janie

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  6. What beautiful country. Looks like you had a great time. Sounds like your daughter is having a fun summer. Enjoy your free time.

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  7. These are lovely pictures and it sounds like a nice place to visit. Enjoy your free Sunday and thanks for being part of the Flashback Friday hop.

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  8. The pics of Banff are stunning! Thanks so much for sharing them! Yay for Disney tunes, a great theater program for your daughter, and for some alone time for you. Have a great weekend!

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  9. What beautiful pictures! It sounds like your daughter is having fun too. And enjoy your free time!

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  10. Stunning pics. Enjoyed the blog. Enjoy your brief respite from childcare!

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  11. Enjoyed your blog today. Flashbacks--what a great idea. I may have to borrow it and do a flashback blog in the future. Beautiful photos!

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  12. Oh, beautiful Banff! I've heard such wonderful things about it. Don't they have a literary festival there every year?

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  13. How beautiful! I visited Canada once a long time ago. We were in Detroit and we crossed the border just because we could. We drove around the little city there and then went back. Not much to see in the part just past Detroit!

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  14. The pictures are beautiful! I've heard so much great things about Banff. I'm visiting through the FlashBack Friday. Enjoyed reading your post very much!
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  15. Enjoy your daughter's performances, Tamara!

    Yvonne V

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  16. I hope your daughter's shows went well. Pictures of starfish, please!
    And Banff! Yes, part of my 1989 journeying. I know I didn't spend long enough there, but hey, you can't do everything you want in life... can you?

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  17. Oh Disney's The Little Mermaid - that's bringing back a whole lot of memories including the one of seeing the Disney show of the songs in it at Florida with a captivated 5 year old :) Thanks for visiting my blog on the Celebrate blog hop - your Flashback photos look wonderful - I'd love to go back to see more of Canada (I only got as far as Niagara Falls!)
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  18. I'll bet that Disney show was wonderful. I love Disney music. I hope your daughter had fun with her theater program, and I hope you enjoyed your free time!
    Beautiful photos of Banff! Your story of the trip cracked me up. :) Have a great week!

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