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Monday, October 11, 2010

~Weekend Mountain Bike~

(early morning drive to the mountains)

I spent Sunday in the mountains, biking.
4 of us  drove out to Canmore, Alberta- 
hopped on our old (but working) bikes, 
and pedaled to Banff, Alberta.

It was a beautiful bike, easy trail, and amazing scenery.

The newly made trail runs between the Trans Canada Highway
and the CP Railway. 

When we arrived in Banff we stopped at the Coyotes Deli and Grill  (downtown) for lunch.
The food was wonderful and definitely not your "standard" fare. 
Bagels with Salmon, Shrimp and Goat Cheese Wraps, Smoked Chicken Quesidillas....it was nice  to eat something other than the usual burgers and fries!

The restaurant was across from this place....I just had to take a picture of this car:

The 40km round-trip consisted of views which I was in great need of.
The mountains were majestic, hovering clouds were beautiful, and a rainbow hung over a peak as we pedaled back to Canmore.

Days like that make me love this country 
even more than I already do.
I so appreciate times I get to escape away from the chaos of the everyday schedule ...
(and realize that I need to do this a bit more often!)


Patrice said...

Hi, Dawn! I found your blog from RunARoundRanch. I just saw my blog on your sidebar. How cool is that? Your photos are great. You live in a beautiful place. I'm following you now. My "follow" picture is our two Percheron Draft Horses. They're my GIANT babies!
Have a good week!

Dawn said...

I love your GIANT babies...
as would my daughter!
(We were just talking about her "babies"....her one horse is quite a spoiled baby:)

I really enjoy your blog...it sounds as though we have a bit in common:)

Have a wonderful rest of the day!

Alli said...

How wonderful to take a bike ride in the mountains! Hearing you describe it makes me long to go with you. Fall is the perfect season for it too! You captured the majesty of the mountains in your photos and I love seeing everyone on bikes. I'm glad you got a chance to take a break from everyday life and just relax and go on an adventure. It's great to take a well-earned break!

heather said...

SO beautiful! I've always wanted to go to Banff. Someday I'll actually make it there (haven't even been anywhere in my old neighbor Canada! sheesh!)

TexWisGirl said...

That first shot is just gorgeous! I know you loved your time away! Good for you!

Liesl said...

Hi Dawn, stunning scenery,glad you enjoyed your trip out! You have gone and made me feel hungry now.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Beautiful skies, Dawn, the pictures of you are beautiful too!
Have a happy Tuesday, it's already early morning in my corner, hope you are having the sweetest dreams. Enjoy your morning cup! xxx

angela walker jewelry said...

Looks amazing Dawn...Thanks so much for sharing! My hubby and I both were avid bike riders at one time... For health reasons, I am unable to ride anymore and I miss it so! If I ever get better, it is the first thing I will be doing!
Health and happiness,

Rick said...

Found your blog via darlin's and had to have a look.

Wow - you just gave me a big hit of nostalgia ! We used to live just west of Calgary (Springbank) and went to these very mountains many, many times - we could actually see the ones in your first photo from our home ! (It's going to take me a while to get over this now). We've been back in Ontario for 8 years already, but I still really miss those mountains.

Lovely shots, and lovely blog !

Jayne said...

WOW... what a wonderful day. And the scenery! And a rainbow for you too!

Leah J. Utas said...

That sounds like a magnificent bike trip. It's good to spend time in the mountains. Recharges the soul.

Rick said...

Back once more ... I tried to follow your blog last night but kept getting a weird error message (blogger sometimes does that). It worked today. Thanks for visiting and following - look forward to more of your posts. (I'm reminded of the song "Country Roads, Take Me Home ...").

Lynette Jacobs said...

Wow..you ride and take photos...that is amazing. Great photos!

Hope said...

thank you for making me want to go to Banff right now! lol we are heading there next week.
Sounds like you had a great time
glad to hear it
love the shots, thank you


Jen said...

Sweetie, next time you go, take me with!! That is so right up my alley :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey Dawn
thanks for dropping by last night. Nice to finally connect.
this bike trip looks awesome!
Canmore is such a gorgeous area!
It is such a fine line between mom time and solitude isn't it.
Have a great day
love and light

Shayne said...

Wow, Dawn you do take beautiful photographs!

Stunning stunning.

And how divine to have some timeout and enjoy doing what you do? We all need it (me more often than not) and it is what helps us function better as mom's, wives, blah blah blah!

That lunch sounded yummy!

Nancy C said...

Lovely, lovely pictures, Dawn. Although it must have been quite ominous with those low-hanging dark clouds overhead. Looks like a thunderstorm could have broken out at any minute. But I'm a prairie girl and that's what dark clouds usually mean around here. :) Thank you for sharing the highlights of your trip. Wonderful!

Jo said...

I'm so glad you had fun. That scenery is magical.

Barbie said...

Your smile says it all Dawn. Love it.

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos and tour!