Monday, May 26, 2008

Early Morning Run

I got up at 5:00 AM this morning and ran most of the Cochrane half marathon track. My Nike Plus tracker logged me at just over 19 KMs:

The trail is actually quite nice, right along the river, then up past Rick's development and out West of town.

Now off to work.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

May 20, 2008

Kevin and I went out tonight to see the latest Narnia Movie "Prince Caspian". It was nice to be out together, we don't get out very frequently like that. The movie was enjoyable; it gave me cause to reminisce about reading the Narnia series to Grace a couple of years ago.

One of the parts of this particular installment of the Narnia series I remember from reading the books was when Trumpkin (the dwarf) killed the bear. I was telling Kev about it after the movie but couldn't remember the wording very well, so I came home and looked it up.

I'm posting it here, mostly for Kevin -- C.S. Lewis says it so much more eloquently than me.

After the bear is killed Lucy says to Susan,
"Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day, in our own world, at home, men started going wild inside, like the animals here, and still looked like men, so that you'd never know which were which?"

Monday, May 19, 2008

Victoria Day Hike 2008: Heart Creek

Grace, Matt and I spent Victoria Day hiking (along with many others from the ward) on the Heart Creek trail just outside of Canmore, Alberta. Thanks to Derek Kearl for organizing this event annually for the 6th time.

I took some photos, albeit not very many and not very good ones ... I've published the Heart Creek photoset on Flickr.

Heart Creek

The trail was perfect for Matt and Grace -- they really enjoyed themselves. They especially loved the four or five foot-bridges that criss-crossed the river all the way to the trail's end.

Grace at Heart Creek

The hike couldn't have been more than an hour to the end of a very well groomed/maintained trail, where there was an clearing next to a bend in the creek and a waterfall crevasse.

Heart Creek

I was quite proud of Gracie for venturing up with the kids onto a rock ledge about 25 feet above the trail's end. She went up without being coaxed, totally unassisted, and consciously overcoming any fear she normally has of this sort of thing. It was a good confidence builder for her.

Grace at Heart Creek

Matt on the other hand was half way up the ledge before he was aware of any danger. Thank you Jeff Mysyk for helping him reach the top before I could get there to help.

Heart Creek

After some lunch, some of the hikers went on a bit further up a less traveled trail, but a group of us turned around and went back. After the hike, everyone returned to the Tuscany Club for a bit of a BBQ. The whether turned a bit cold, so the picnic broke up just after 5:00 PM.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Walk in the Ravine

The kids and I went for a walk in the ravine this afternoon. I'm glad they're feeling well enough to go. I think the kids have basically recovered from the past week of sickness -- unfortunately I can't say the same about Erin. She's trying to get up and around, but she's still very dizzy and nauseated.

Kids: Sunday Ravine Walk

Hannah: Sunday Ravine Walk


Sunday, May 11, 2008


I've been experimenting with Twitter lately. Twitter is a free micro-blogging application for posting very short updates -- it has a posting limit of 140 characters. Basically you post one sentence updates (called "tweets" in Twitter lingo)... dumb name, I know.

Check out my Twitter page to get a better idea.

The Twitter page on it's own doesn't do it justice. The fun of Twitter is that you can "tweet" from your mobile phone, instant messenger client (like MSN or gTalk), or one of several third party Twitter software applications (I use Twhirl). Furthermore you can subscribe or "follow" other Twitter users and receive their "tweets" automatically. It's a fun way to stay connected in real time.

Try out Twitter by signing up at the Twitter signup page, then add me to your Twitter list (my username is rswolff). If you get the hang of it, you can download and install Twhirl to get automatic updates from those you're following.

Friday, May 02, 2008