Over the past twenty years or so, our Christmas celebrations have shifted away from presents towards presence. This year our celebrations included preparing and enjoying several meals with extended family and friends, movie and board game nights with our young adult sons, and plenty of nature walks for the two of us! It was a Merry Christmas, indeed!
A portion of the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area is open to the public and features a network of trails that provides access to a range of natural habitats plus mountain and city views. It's a quiet place to enjoy nature, just a few minutes outside Calgary's southwest city limits. Road construction in Calgary's SW quadrant make the drive a bit of an ordeal, but once the SW ring road is completed, access will be quick and easy.
Calgary and area went directly from winter to summer this month. We took full advantage. Some days we worked outside, gardening, sealing the driveway, repairing the garage floor, repairing and painting deck railings or draining, repairing and refilling the hot tub. But we also made plenty of time for outdoor enjoyment, by cycling, walking, bird-watching and geocaching.
A year after we opted for aftermarket insoles instead of the flimsy ones that usually come with a pair of new shoes/boots, we've racked up more than 15 million steps between the two of us - enough distance to inform a meaningful update to our original review of aftermarket insoles. Plus, Cadence® added a new variation to its line up, and we share our initial thoughts on the new, blue, Low Volume model designed for lower volume footwear. And we share an easy fix for squeaking insoles/orthotics.
A mash up of science, technology and the humanities, the Deep Time Walk app invites the listener on a time travel experience - any time, any where. While walking 4.6 km in the virtual company of a narrator, a scientist and a fool, take an imaginary trip, 4,600 million years back in time, to when the Earth formed. Then with each step, meter-by-million-years forward, it’s an immersive and informative journey to the present day, where the industrial age represents but a hair’s breadth on the geological time scale.