Sunday, May 10, 2009

I *heart* Spring. And My Mom.

It has been a long time coming and I think I can finally afford to get excited about it. It's the coming of spring and all of the good things it brings. There are little green bits poking through the earth and snow, the sun has some strength to it and my friends, the elk have returned to the front yard.

My summer friends are back, too! Those good people whose company I enjoy on the trail each year. I have summer and winter friends. The winter ones are the people who live to ski and the summer ones are the people who live to run! So welcome springtime and the friends it brings.

This weekend, I enjoyed a couple of great runs with good people. I also enjoyed a little quality time with both my Mummy and Keith's Mom, Judy and Rennie. I even enjoyed a little time with my stepmom Elsie. How lucky am I to be supported by such a fantastic fan club?

Happy Mother's Day Ladies. You really are the best!

I was lucky enough to enjoy 2 great days out on the trails. Yesterday, Steven, Mike and myself got to enjoy 32km's and 4 hours on the Lake Minnewanka shoreline. We started in snow, had mostly sunshine and finished with little ice balls pelting us from the sky. Typical. Spring in Banff. We had so much fun.
Today, another 21km's and 3 hours with Keith, Iris, Darren and Don. The ice which was on Johnson Lake on Wednesday night has disappeared! It was a beautiful spring day.

For those of you who have never been to Banff National Park before, the photos will give you a good indication of what a beautiful, exciting, uplifting time of year it is. Mmmmm. The arrival of spring. I really do live in one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Today's Run: Cascade Ponds, Johnson Lake, Lower Bankhead and Upper Bankhead









Saturday's Run: Lake Minnewanka Shoreline




18 comments:

JeffO said...

Rad' sox, girl!
No doubt, one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

Danni said...

Love the socks! And the golf shirt that you ran in. :p Your pictures are awesome. I'm so happy for Spring! Your moms should be pretty proud of you.

Backofpack said...

Those photos, and the socks, are stunning! Love it - I know you live in one of the most beautiful places on earth - lucky girl!

k said...

Those lake pictures are awesome...(as are the socks)

Bryon Powell said...

oh oh oh ... can I come play?!

HappyTrails said...

G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S photos!!! Dry trails = all good! :-)

Dave - Atlanta Trails said...

so, where did you get those knee-highs? are they breathable? I need knee high running socks...many single tracks are overgrown by the green stuff down here!

Journey to a Centum said...

STUNNED! Just STUNNED, by those incredible SOCKS!

The other stuff was kinda ok.

Lily on the Road said...

You make it look like so much fun!! Makes me want to go back to visit the west again!

Leslie's Keith said...

It IS so much fun....Leslie is a fine 'run' leader...and always has enough power to run ahead to take all these pictures! Yay for Les...!

Sunshine Girl said...

Glad y'all are lovin' up the Rad' sox. You

....and yes Bryon, you can come play. Especially now that you are a "man of leisure"!!!

Nicola Gildersleeve said...

Holy shit! So beautiful! I have never been to Banff and it is on the to do list for sure!

Paul Charteris said...

In answer to your question my blog. Fat tire. Now, here's a question. How can we run 18 miles on day 2 with a whole lotta beer so we can sit in the river and drink beers? Maybe we can get it down to Rucky Chuck via camelbak. Great stuff, now I have a new challenge :-)

sydney said...

Just checked with my 'sock sales rep' buddy...nothing as cool as your argyle...guess you've found a market niche! Compression argyle...limitless possibilities.

Bryon...are you paying attention?

Keith (using Sydneys computer...)

CoyoteGirl said...

Gorgeous! Those reflexions are amazing. And the socks? Fugettaboutit!

Sunshine Girl said...

Dave, your single track is covered in weed? It's a pot smokers dream come true!!

Hi Nicola! Maybe a Banff road trip this summer?

Hiya Paul. For you, I will bring the Fat Tire. And sit in a creek. And drink one. Recovery is important you know.

Hi CG! Hope all is well!

Alaskan Assassin said...

Love the pics. What a perfect place to run.

Meghan said...

Dood, your socks are so rad!

Dood, your trails are even radder!


I heart Leslie and Keith!
Meghan