I know, I know - get out the violin - right! But hey - for two people that LOVE the DRY HEAT and pretty much live for summer temps, this summer has been tough. Of course we knew that we wouldn't be getting southern British Columbia weather in Central Alberta - but really - daytime highs averaging 16C and overnight 4C - at the height of summer?!!!!! just isn't right!
Anyway, we have been trying to get out when we can, especially to our hill top lookout.
The ONLY Tiger Lily in the meadow!
ANOTHER view of our park - yes - the grass WAS going brown for a bit but it is back to green right now - VERY green - rain - and a lot of it will do that won't it.
Cassia stopping to get some grass to chew on as taught to her by her Grandpa a few summers ago - on the walk back to the park.
I just bet the cows were shocked to actually see people walking on the road. Not much of that going on here in the country.
We've also been having quite a bit of fog in the mornings - we only noticed once we loaded it on the computer that Derek had caught the bird - pretty neat.
Being so far away from home, family and friends we sure appreciated Derek's mom - Audrey - coming to visit us for a couple of weeks. With the dreary weather (yup - that again) we didn't get around much but we did take a few day trips.
The first was a drive over to Dewberry - small town near us where Derek's Great Grandfather first homesteaded back in 1906. It is also where his Grandfather homesteaded and where Derek's Dad grew up until he left to join the Navy at 18.
and then on to Whitney Lakes Provincial Park for a look around. We stopped in at the Ross Lake Campground and beach.
Where Cassia goes - dinosaurs go!
And we took in the Vermillion Agricultural Fair..... Cassia's first fair - p r e t t y excited!
It had everything a good fair should - mini donuts ......
pink horses .....
Thankfully, the fair was on one of the nicest days of the summer. On the way home we hit some back roads through the Canola fields.
And pipeline construction. Alberta is in a economic boom with oil and gas (and has for many years now) We have many oilfield workers living at Lea Park for the summer. And do you know that Tim Horton's is offering $18.50/hour - and just try to find a cashier at Walmart!!! A MAJOR shortage in the retail sector everyone wants the big money on the rigs!
Close to the Park - the Riverton Community Hall - this area continues on with their prairie ways and winter pancake dinners.
Alan Brown - a local horse trainer brought his ponies down for a few days to eat the grass within the rodeo pens - good news for Cassia.
Cassia and her Gram Gram.
Yup - this went over well with Cassia!
Bolt - Cassia's new best friend! And a mosquito on his nose - how appropriate - EXACTLY the type of summer we have been having!
How can you not love a face like that?!
Tip has lived here all his life and Betty and Tip have worked it for the last 53 years - WoW!
After spending an afternoon, night and morning at the farm we headed on to Edmonton to drop Derek's mom off at friends - not without a quick trip into Ikea and a Vietnamese dinner first. Living in the country for the last three months we sure enjoyed a visit to the city - looks like we'll be doing that again before the end of our term here at Lea Park.
Two months and counting until we hit the road again - for our last winter south!
Our LAST trip south?!!!!!! Stay tuned for that bit of info!
Hope you are all having a nice - and hot - summer - like British Columbia - ahhhhh - we'll see you again next spring BC.
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