Wednesday, July 20, 2011

13th birthday hiking trip

CMH Summer Adventures guests at the Bobbie Burns lodge can experience an exhilarating excursion to the summit of Mt. Nimbus along North America's longest and most extensive via ferrata route. Deep in the Purcell mountains, the Bobbie Burns mountain guides designed and created a Via Ferrata (Italian for "Iron Way") adventure like no other.

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For Josiah's 13th birthday (which was in May) he was given a hiking trip with Canadian Mountain Holidays. This would be an adventure for just Josiah and Tim to enjoy, as I am not quite so adventurous. In fact, I likely would've had nightmares after...

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See why?

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Tim and Josiah were driven by a bus from Banff, Alberta out to a heli-pad near Radium, British Columbia. They were then flown out to the Bobbie Burns Lodge, which only has access by logging roads or helicopter. Josiah was very excited that he was able to sit in the front seat both there and back. They were also flown out each day for their hikes, known as heli-hiking.

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They saw lots of mountain goats, some bears and watched an avalanche happen across the valley. Ummmm.... more nightmares.

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The scenery in this great country of ours is simply amazing.

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The suspension bridge...

The Mount Nimbus route is the most extensive route in North America. The route has re-bar steps drilled deep into the rock face and, maintaining an attachment to the steel cable for the duration of the route, climbers make their way up the steep (ok, near-vertical) rock faces and across suspension bridges. On the Mt. Nimbus route there is some down-climbing involved as well as an amazing 60 metre rapell down to terra firma.

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Josiah was in his element. He is one adventurous young man! He said there couldn't possibly be any better trip to take, than this.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Baby Joshua

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This past weekend Tim's sister, her husband and new baby came for a visit.

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The kids were all over him from the moment he got here.

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Zoe wanted to help feed him, play with him and hold him. Lilah was a little more cautious.

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Babies are just so sweet and I think because Joshua reminds me of Micah as a baby... he feels even more special.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Koln (Cologne)

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There was one thing I wanted Abby to see while in Germany. And it was this Cathedral in Koln.

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Construction of this Cathedral began in 1248 and took until 1880 to complete. It is one of the worlds largest churches and the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. It is a World Heritage Site.

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In World War II this Cathedral was hit by seventy aerial bombs and remained standing while the city around it was flattened. These bombs are the reason that the outside of the Cathedral is mostly still black today.

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Abby and Meike climbed the 360 steps up the bell tower, where there are eleven bells, four of which are medievel. This 24-ton St. Petersglocke "Bell of St. Peter" was cast in 1922 and is the largest free-swinging bell in the world.

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Koln collage

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In these photos from the bell tower you have a beautiful view of the Rhine.

The girls went to three different cities yesterday by train and toured around. But what is one thing they had to take the time to do in each city? Shop, of course!

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