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Wanderlust cured’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 24 Jan 2009

Location: Canmore, Canada

MapA few things that you realise when walking in Canmore, beneath the Canadian Rockies in the middle of winter:

1. Your eyeballs dont freeze in -20 to -30 tempretures. Your hands, face and front of your legs can be numb but even with the watery consistency of eyeballs, they are surprisingly ok.
2. Frozen snot hurts.
3. There is a number of kinds of ice and snow, one quickly learns which type will knock you off your feet with a smashing effect on the brain and which does not.
4. -4 is mild, -24 is not.
5. The crunching sound of snow is still exciting even 3 weeks in.

I have just been relaxing the past few days and settling into my new place. I went to a womens beer tasting night, which is to be held every month. This month was stout (the black looking stuff) and expresso stout which was brewed by the "Grizzly Paw" pub was actually quite nice! We even ended the night with a stout float - stout and icecream!!

The next week will hopefully bring some snowshoeing, ice sculpting, Australia Day celebrations, Cougar research talk, music from Kenya as part of the winter festival celebrations and some jazz at the Communitea cafe to finish off the week.

I am also thinking of hiring a car and doing a bit of driving next weekend to see the sights. My only worry is my ability to drive on the other side of the road...right now it could go either way...one way is safe driving the other is into oncoming traffic, so lets hope my brain can allow me to drive on the left hand side of the car.

I will do my best to stay safe :)
Love you and miss you all.
R.J