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Friday, March 09, 2012

After sitting quietly this morning waiting for the Fosomax to absorb, I just did 30 minutes on the bike and 30 on the elliptical and as it was eight am already, had to have breakfast, not wanting it to be too close to my lunch. The usual shower, breakfast, wash dishes, clean veggies for lunch, then lunch and off to bridge. It wasn't too bad going this time.
We had a 56% game, good enough for 2nd, but could have been much, much better. I made about six defensive errors, costing us lots of tricks and giving us bad boards :( I had some of my raw green tea at noon in the hopes there would be enough caffeine in it to keep me alert. We were sitting in a dark corner in the back of the room and not moving was not good for someone sleep deprived. So a lot of work to do to catch up in the second half of the club championship..
I set up for my Monday game that I work so I won't have to go in on Sunday to do it. When I left the club, I could scarcely believe it -there was a river of water from crub to curb outside the club! There had a been massive melting of the snow!! Puddles of water everywhere! No where for it to absorb in as the ground is still frozen. Mom thought if the temperatures got up too high it would be too messy to hike the trails. For sure what snow there was left will be packed down and melted into ice. All the run off I saw going across the sidewalks and pooling in the driveways, I will be happy not to go to the club this weekend..
Not sure what my weekend plans are other than getting some groceries.
Hope you all have a fun, fabulous weekend!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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SUNNYARIZONA 3/10/2012 8:01PM

    Surprises me you still take Fosamax. That drug has not proved to be effective for our bones....in fact the Dentist asked specifically if I had taken it, as it softens the jaw bones....good grief.....

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JUNEAU2010 3/10/2012 6:34PM

    Stay safe, stay home and, I hope, you get some sleep!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/10/2012 5:34PM

    Hope you have a great weekend, gets lots of rest and plenty of restful sleep. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Be safe.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/10/2012 12:16AM

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LESLIES537 3/10/2012 12:09AM

    It's only snowed twice where I live! Such a mind winter we've had--can't say I didn't mind it! emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/9/2012 10:34PM

    We had 75 degrees here today, but tomorrow our weather will be spring-like, but colder weather is in the forecast.

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LUNADRAGON 3/9/2012 9:33PM

    Perhaps Spring is on the way... it seems to be here in CT

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THJORA 3/9/2012 9:24PM

    I never learned to love the spring until I lived in the south. The melting, muddy mess that is the dregs of mountains of snow . . . not a fan. :)

Great that you were able to get set up ahead of time so you don't have to go in this weekend. Doesn't sound like the best time to have to be traveling any more than you have to - unless you happen to own a boat that you haven't mentioned. :-D

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/9/2012 9:16PM

    Have a great weekend - the official start of Spring is just about 10 days away so maybe your snow has gotten the message, haha! I hope you get a chance to relax and have a good time this weekend!!
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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 3/9/2012 8:58PM

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Thursday

Friday, March 09, 2012

I did my 30 min on the elliptical and 30 on the bike as usual, then I was expecting to go to Curves Zumba, but it was cancelled :( Caught up on some reading, breakfast, cleaned some veggies then lunch and off to the club. It was very icy out since it was actually melting after the snowfall. The intersections were especially bad. On bare ice, none of those fancy attachments to shoes work, in fact they are more of a hazard. What runners wear here are actual spikes, that are individually replaceable. Naturally, the running stores were unable to keep them in stock.
Was a rather a quiet and boring day at the club, only four tables and they were looking after themselves! So I did catch up on Sparking. I came home and had thoughts of going to Curves, but just didn't feel like it.
My lower legs feel like heck, that if I so much as move them the wrong way they will go into cramp mode. I can't even sit in my easy chair comfortably. My heels hang over the foot rest and they feel like they will trigger any second, so I was restless, getting up and standing to ease the feeling. Unfortunately, I can't lift myself in and out of the tub to soak in it :( There are no handrails,but also I am not supposed to lift more than five pounds with my elbow replacements anyway. It would be too risky with the new hip to try wrangle myself in somehow. In the summer, I will be able to get to the pools and use the hot tub which will be absolute heaven after taking the land workouts. The earliest I could get in to see my physiotherapist was March 20, only two days before I see my rheumy so it will be wait and see what they suggest. I do see my podiatrist on the 14th, and will be asking for more toe cushions as my big toes have been quiet painful to walk on.
Running late as usual, will be no sleep again as I have to get up early and take my Fosomax and rest quietly for an hour before starting my exercises..Still can't get them done under two and a half hours..
Hope you all had a good sleep and have a Fantastic Friday!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/10/2012 5:29PM

    Even with all the pain you have, you still manage to get your exercises done. I just wish you were able to get some good, restful sleep. Hope the doctors will have some good ideas for you.
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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/9/2012 9:13PM

    So sorry you continue to ahve physical problems - too bad you don't have one of those 'walk-thru' tubs like I've seen advertised on TV. [although I can imagine they might have trouble with leaks after awhile!!] - also too bad you don't have an indoor pool to use. Seems to me like they would have something like that in your area but apparently not - boohoo!
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JUNEAU2010 3/9/2012 8:44PM

    I know what you mean about those shoe attachments for ice. They were a total waste of money and I tried all the different ones I could find in Juneau decades ago. I finally gave up! I have flashbacks to those years every time I read about your weather!

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CATIATM 3/9/2012 3:35PM

    I am so impressed with how active you remain despite all your impediments. You really are proof that we can do what we want to -- if we want to badly enough! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/9/2012 3:05PM

    Wow, to wear spiked shoes because of ice....ha....I remember as a kid growing up in Yreka, Cal. slipping and falling on that stuff. Don't remember bruising, but OW that hurt. We never thought of spikes then!

DANG, and you can't get in your tub?! That is the pits. Should be a handi-abled tub!!!

Hey , I read that having some protein at bedtime could help ones sleep. A thought!!!
Peanut butter and a slice of whole wheat bread....or cheese melted on bread....

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/9/2012 11:18AM

    I hope you are able to get more comfortable soon. You are very active and maybe you're overtraining. Calcium and magnesium are good for leg cramps. They can test and see if you're lacking. Ask your doctor if they can do that.

Hope it improves soon.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/9/2012 11:17AM

    Oh, how I wish you could SLEEP! That's terrible that it is robbed from you! Hopefully, you can find a way to alleviate all that pain! I hope you have a good weekend, Linda! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2nd Hike Photos!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

On Sunday, we parked at the art gallery, then went to the University bridge and over it to start at the paved path on the south side of the river. I like this part as it goes over two foot bridges over quite a steep gorge:

Mom wanted to take me over here because this is where a porcupine has been very active. There was a lot of damage to trees all over this area:

Interestingly enough, the porcupine climbed up into the tree to get the smaller branches bark and left the trunks alone, here is a close up:

This was the first time there has been any sign of activity there, strange as this pathway is very popular, with lots of people using it to commute to the University. But then again the porcupine only comes out at night anyway. But this was still a huge distance away from where we had seen activity before, so this guy has appeared out of nowhere literally.
We decided to walk all the way to the weir and over the train bridge. This was the view from the University south side of the river:
I could not see what was holding this ice floe from going over the edge!

I just love seeing this ice hanging over the edge:

The view from the train bridge:

I just love these ice formations and am surprised they came out as I had to zoom 40 X at low light:

Mom never takes the scary stairs (the metal see through steep ones that are nearer to the sidewalk), instead she takes the old wooden ones that are on the other side of the street. So she kept going along there while I went down to look at the weir from the north side and low and behold I saw the tracks of a beaver!! Unfortunately, the diffuse dull light and the soft snow tracks meant it didn't focus very well but you can get the idea of them:

Mom was so jealous of me spotting the first beaver tracks, she actually went back on her own later on that day hoping to see him come out at dusk, but didn't have any luck.
Then it was enjoying one more woodsy trail before heading home:

I had an extremely busy day, started out at 5:30 am with 30 minutes on the bike, then another 30 on the elliptical, then 45 minutes of kickboxing with weighted gloves, then did a fast walk to make it to the Probus meeting at 9:30 am where I discovered by chance they had a movie club -and that its possible I may be able to get a ride with someone. I lucked out sitting by a woman who is a huge movie fan. I am too, although in recent years I have hardly seen anything due to my surgery recoveries and inability to get anywhere. One theater is in my scooter range, so I can make it there in the summer, and as its the cheap one, I can spend all day watching four or five movies :) So I am hoping to see some movies with this group, and if the movie is good enough, sometimes they have a great discussion over it in a coffee shop after. This is a very social, outgoing group, very inclusive. As I was a bit late for the meeting, I just went automatically to the empty seats at the back, but was immediately invited up to some seats near some other people that were free.
Then it was rush back home, have lunch and back out again to the club. There was a mini blizzard happening at the time, but when the game was over, it was nice and sunny out. My mentor and I had an average game of 50%. Then I went home, dropped some stuff off then went to the mall to pick up a prescription and some carrots and bananas, staples I must always have. I barely sat down when it was time to get my income tax taken care of. Some nice collage students come to our building every year and do them for free :) I met a really nice young man and we had quite a nice chat :) Back home again, and tired as all get out and feeling every muscle ache in my body and sore feet to boot. I was supposed to get tomorrow off, but wouldn't you know it the same lady who called me to finish her game for her last time now needed me to run the whole thing. I don't mind the extra cash, but sometimes, I would just like a breather.. I wanted to be awake and rested for the Friday Club Championship game. I am playing with a very sharp player who doesn't miss much and I can't afford to be dozed out with her. I am lucky to be even getting a game with her as she is one of the top players in the club.
So I hope I can finish Sparking before midnight for a change and get to bed and get some much needed rest.
Enjoy what is left of your day and have a Terrific Thursday!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/10/2012 5:20PM

    What a great walk and beautiful pictures!!! Hope you had a great game.

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JUNEAU2010 3/8/2012 10:39PM

    What a fabulous day! I LOVE those amazing pictures! Fingers crossed for a great game for you!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/8/2012 9:25PM

    Awesome pics!!!! Glad you enjoyed the walk and are enjoying your new group!!!

HUGS!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/8/2012 6:46PM

    Cool pictures, thanks. What do you wear to walk on the snow & ice ( foot wear) ? What do you usually soak in for achy muscles? I just bought Epsom salt & recently finished a jar of mineral soak. I need all the tips I can get for sore muscles Linday.

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SUZYMOBILE 3/8/2012 8:18AM

    Sounds like you're making nice friends along the way, too.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/8/2012 12:41AM

    Brrrr, looks cold there - glad we're deep into Spring here!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/8/2012 12:34AM

    You are a talented photographer. Thanks for sharing.

Your day sounds wonderful.

Sleep tight,
Berta.

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LESLIES537 3/7/2012 11:50PM

    Gorgeous pics! Loved catching up on what is going on in your life. I've missed ya! Keep on being your awesome self! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/7/2012 11:41PM

    So sorry I didn't get to read, but I loved the pictures, Linda! I hope you're doing well! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 3/7/2012 9:17PM

    What great pictures! We found a porcupine one winter atop our crabapple tree trying to keep warm on my lighted Christmas lights. It sure was cold that winter - and he had his eyes on some crabapples still clinging to the bottom of the branches.

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WATERMELLEN 3/7/2012 9:05PM

    Love the pics . . . you two are really committed to nature!

I'll be looking for our porcupine from here on as the weather gets warmer and he comes out of hibernation. They love the sticky sweet buds at the very top of poplar trees . . . and yeah, I do see them during daylight hours too from time to time . . .

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Blizzard!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

We interrupt your regular programming to bring you a weather update!
Spring is almost here!
Soon the planters will be blooming with flowers!

The benches in the warm sunshine will be inviting you to sit a spell:
For Sunnyarizona the bench is really there, surrounded by the fencing ;))
Its quite windy here, so you might want to tie down your hat!

The view from the window is Sparktacular!

Enjoy going for a stroll through the pretty neighborhood, its just lovely and great exercise!!

There is plenty of parking!

Just LOOK at all that greenery!

Hope you enjoyed my tour through my gorgeous neighborhood! Its nearly springtime in Saskatchewan, Canada!!
So I got up early, got my exercising done, breakfast and was trying to do my dishes when the phone calls started. My first call was from the lady who normally opens the club on Tuesdays and sells the entries. She couldn't make it. Then my bridge partner called and said she couldn't get out of her driveway. The list and calls went on. Don't you just love being manager of a busy bridge club?? So I got going early to the club figuring I would set the game up, sell the entries and then go back home. I wore my running shoes as usual and only one block had snow coming up to my knees, so not bad out of five :) There was probably a record low turnout for the club in an afternoon, only four tables, so I went home and enjoyed an afternoon off.
Enjoy your evening and have a good sleep!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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SILLYHP1953 4/5/2012 11:14AM

    Good grief...only one block had snow to your knees and you wore your running shoes. You are too funny sometimes.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/10/2012 5:11PM

    Loved the walk through your neighborhood and your comments!!! Thank you for sharing with us. We didn't get enough snow this winter at one time to put boots on...wore my sandals all winter. It was an interesting winter to say the least.

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/8/2012 9:33PM

    Oh, Linda, LOVED the walk through your neighborhood, especially the funny narration!!! It made me COLDER than I am now! In the 20's this AM, and on my hike, only in the 60's, though the sun was warm. But have my heater on at my feet ....

LOVE the BENCH, I could barely see it for the snow of course, but appreciate the effort!

Not surprising the low turnout for the bridge game....you Canandians would never use SNOW as an excuse, now would ya?!

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GIANTPANDA 3/7/2012 6:49PM

    Wow! I can hardly believe it. My husband and I went to a wildlife refuge where I was in a thin spring coat dealing with snow and a freezing wind. It seemed surreal. Now today in the city it is gorgeous! I hope you get better weather soon. Just can't believe all the snow you got!

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POSITIVELY_EB 3/7/2012 9:37AM

    emoticon Loved the commentary! I'll start arranging my move now!!!

HUGS!

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KALIGIRL 3/7/2012 8:54AM

    Great photos - stay warm!

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CRYSTALJEM 3/7/2012 7:43AM

    I love your wallpaper! Very cool. Great pics too... nice to be in looking out when it's like that but you are truly from Sask... off to work we go, even in the blowing snow. Hope today is a little nicer.

I especially like pic #3 - looking out the window. Stay warm friend, and rock this Wednesday.

CJ

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NEWKAREN43 3/6/2012 9:52PM

    What a lovely tour, Linda! I can't wait to see it when it's not so white! Good job getting to work and making light of the ever uncontrollable weather! Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings so keep us posted! Karen

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JUNEAU2010 3/6/2012 9:50PM

    I LOVE the humor and the pictures! Glad you are safe!

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WATERMELLEN 3/6/2012 9:41PM

    Brrrrrrr! Our non-Canadian friends are gonna think we all live in igloos!! That looks pretty brutal: but you still got yourself to your job. True Canadian, that's what you are!!

PS love your new wallpaper!!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/6/2012 9:16PM

    HAHA, that was hilarious - you have a wonderful sense of humor!! Glad you got the afternoon off and, um, I'm also glad I don't live up there with you!! Give me our good old 'freezing' 60-degree weather any day [yes, 'freezing' is how several people from my hike this morning described it]. I thought it was just fine, even though I had short sleeves and capri-length pants - but one gal said her fingers were so cold she couldn't get them to work well enough to get her car key out and unlock her door - so you would have gotten quite a laugh out of that, I'm sure!
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Well, enjoy all that spring ambiance you're having right now in Toon-Town!
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/6/2012 8:02PM

    Oh, Linda, I really had to chuckle at your tongue in cheek tour of your town! Now, you'll have to go read the blog I'm going to make! It seems the only thing we have in common lately is the extreme wind! Wow, it is blowing right now, but it's in the 70's F!

Our internet is misbehaving, so I may not get to spark much tonight. I think it may have to do with the 40+mph winds we're getting. Anyway, I'm glad I did my 3 mile walk at lunch and that I don't have any plans tonight and can just take it easy! I'm glad you got to enjoy the afternoon off!

Have a great night, Linda!

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Sunday Hike Photos

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

At our starting point was where Mom had seen the coyote. At this point in the river, the ice went right across the river:

The coyote tracks were all over along the shoreline:

One of the places we had to get around was this storm drain and sewer outlet:

I took the daring steps across, where Mom said if I fell in she wouldn't rescue me and she used her poles to get up the steep trail around: (my way was much easier)

It was weird to see all this green growth in the clear water in the middle of winter. There was usually green stuff on the rocks underwater, but not this stuff growing stocks to the surface:

The ice was starting to break up here:

There was a fresh skiff of snow that had fallen last night, so it was easy to see what tracks were fresh:

The beaver had nibbled a bit at this tree, but didn't finish it off:

Hope your resolution is good enough to see all the tracks!

It was strange to see this water unfrozen here on the hillside:

Mom's favorite tree, the birch bark. I used to draw on it up north on our camping trips in the boreal forest :) Sorry, wouldn't allow me to upload either of my birch tree photos :(

Mom loves the gnarly old trees.

The beaver's arbour:

We would have gone further except there was nothing but ice on the trail:

Was unable to upload the bushy part of the trail photos or the gnarly trees :(
Some young turks had the energy to roll this wooden spool down from a construction site at the top of the bank, quite the effort through the steep trail bush to get it to the ice on the river, bet they don't make the same effort cleaning up their rooms!!

This was the three hour hike, will do the shorter one tomorrow.
Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday all!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/10/2012 4:52PM

    emoticonpictures, Linda. Thanks for sharing them!!!

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GIANTPANDA 3/7/2012 6:50PM

    Beautiful photos. I loved the ones of the floating ice!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 3/6/2012 5:00PM

    Great hike - thanks for hte pictures!
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HAPPYNOW26 3/6/2012 4:16PM

    Beautiful!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 3/6/2012 3:42PM

    Our Tuesday is sunny with 55 degrees and wind. Nice day compared to ice and snow.

Hope you have a great Tuesday, also. Thanks for posting the pics. Love to look at yours.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/6/2012 10:16AM

    Wow, great photos, although they made me COLD! lol Have a great Tuesday, Linda! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/6/2012 8:20AM

    Wonderful photos! emoticon

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SUNNYARIZONA 3/6/2012 5:59AM

    Love LOVE the pictures....but I am now COLD!!! ha! You remind me of Wendy and her hikes in the snow in Washington!

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FITANDFIFTY2 3/6/2012 1:10AM

    Loved Your pics.. totally awesome! Thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/6/2012 12:44AM

    Wow, how cool! What fun to hike up there. You are so lucky Linda. The way you described the hike it seems so exciting. I found out one of my favorite bands is having a concert up near you, they are called Simple Plan. It will be in Moosejaw on August 11. You should check their music out, tell me what you think.

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PEPPYPATTI 3/6/2012 12:31AM

    Those are absolutely beautiful pictures Linda!
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