Mr. Potter

Monday, August 30, 2010

On our summer camping trip when we went to BC, we stayed in Pentiction for a couple days. They have this fantastic toy store there where I picked up this thing called Earth Buddy. I had to get it because it looks just like Mushy. Don't you think? Such striking resemblance.

It's basically like a Chia pet where you just add water and watch it grow alfalfa type hair out of it's head. "Ch-ch-ch-chia." So today I finally took it out of the package, give it a name, and watered his head.

Thought it would be pretty hilarious to document Mr. Potter's day by day hair growth on Flickr. Go visit him!

Our June, but blogging about it in August, summer camping trip part deux

Friday, August 27, 2010

...Part two... (For part one go here.)

We camped at various BC's provincial campsites along the way. They were clean, the park ranger were always super friendly, and most of them had walking trails with gorgeous scenery.

A huge pine cone I've found along one of the trails. We don't get them this size in Alberta.

Kettle River Museum. This was one of the highlights of our trip, it wasn't even planned and we had no clue about this place beforehand. We were driving through this little town called Midway and saw this cute little red building with the huge word MUSEUM on it. So we decided to stop, check it out, and stretch our legs. We walked in the main building and it was filled with vintage items everywhere! I think I did a little happy dance. Glad the lady at the front didn't see. Paid the $2 adult admission, kids free. Can this get any better?! It did, the boys were able to climb on various things like the old fire truck, old caboose, and touch many many things in the railway station. Very interactive. If you ever drive through Midway, go check out this museum.

vintage dress form. EEEEK!

I spent such a long time looking at every single box and can.

The boys loved this old caboose

Inside the caboose.

Whenever I complain about laundry, I'll just look at this photo. Bahaha!

A vintage poster for the Canadian Pacific Railway

I'm not quite sure what that is, calculator?. The boys sure loved being able to touch every single button.

Hiking on the Canyon trail at Kokanee Provincial Park.

A very gorgeous and very fast river along the trail.

Going deeper into the woods.


The Longest Free Ferry Ride in the world, a 40-minute scenic crossing of Kootenay Lake.

After the ferry ride, you drive a little bit to reach Crawford bay. Here you find several Artisans. I wish I had the chance to check out all of them, but because it was late and we needed to set up camp at the next provincial park, I only managed to step foot into Barefoot Handweaving. The bright colors instantly draw you in. I wanted to buy every single item in there, but controlled myself and bought this beautiful shoulder bag which I'll show in a later post. If you can't go to their shop to purchase their beautiful products, you can order them on their website.

Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, Cranbrook. This is an amazing, extremely huge train museum where you can take tours on three of their vintage restored trains. A must for train enthusiasts. Just don't bring two toddler boys.....ugh....if only we knew the trains were completely restored and you can't touch anything....ugh....especially after the very interactive museum in Midway where they were allowed to climb the caboose....ugh!! Thankfully we only paid to go on one of the three trains (Trans Canada Limitied, built in 1929) and came out with nothing broken, only a few white hairs.

Here they were showing the restoration process of the wooden panels. Year and years of work.

The details...beautiful details!

Can you imagine riding such a luxurious train back in 1929?

Absolutely gorgeous.

I can't wait to plan for next summer's trip.

Our June, but blogging about it in August, summer camping trip part une

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I can not believe it's been two months since we went on our big camping trip. Darcy's school finishes an entire week earlier then most schools at the end of June. So we take advantage of that and avoid the summer holiday crowds on the road, camp sites, museums, and other touristy spots. So here are the photos as I promised, part one of two. A little late...two months...whoops! We first headed towards Jasper National Park, then went to British Columbia's Thompson Okanagan region and the Kootenay Rockies, and made our way back through Banff National Park. A more detailed map of the route we took and some of the places we checked out here.

Heading towards the mountains.

The view from the top

Climbing all the rocks there, what little boys do best.

A gorgeous water fall along the road

Bighorn Sheep

The Enchanted Forest. I thought it would be cheesy, but the boys really loved it. I did too. They got to explore, run, climb, touch everything. Very much needed after a long car ride.

The big, tall tree house they had there. I would like this for my backyard please. That's Darcy runny up the stairs. He was climbing, running, touching everything too. Those three have too much energy.

Davidson Orchards Country Village. Very cute place. We were hoping to go on one of their farm tours, but it wasn't operating on that day we went. Instead we went to their delicious cafe and checked out their store where I bought some apple syrup. YUM!

Their famous apple juice.

Hot dog and a cookie in a bucket. They know what a kid wants for lunch.

Cherry farms everywhere along the road between Penticton and Oliver. We just had to stop and buy a bag.

Walking among the rows and rows of cherry tree

NK'MIP Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, the only desert in Canada and it was really REALLY hot.

A state-of-the-art interpretive centre. Absolutely gorgeous.

Outdoor exhibit where you walk along trails to learn about the climate, the habitat, old villages.

A view as we were leaving the Okanagan valley.

Blueberry fields forever

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hi, I'm back...sort of, kind of, maybe. Was it ever hard to find time to blog during this summer amongst the craziness of visits, camping, projects, etc. Now that Darcy's going back to teach tomorrow and Lucius' starting preschool in a couple of weeks (I still can't believe that!), things hopefully will be back to normal and more regular blogging from now on.

Last week we went on our last camping trip for the year with my in-laws. Wild blueberries were everywhere and we picked buckets and buckets of them. It was my first time ever eating wild blueberries and I don't think I can ever go back eating blueberries from the store. These little blue fruits are the most delicious things ever.