July 2016 - Getting back on the horse at Stampede including a KISS concert!, Sailing and taking a good size Moto Trip in to BC were the main events of the month. Oh and let's not forget crazy storms and canadianisms.
|Getting back on the Horse?...Bull...|
- Ryan's annual Cowboy Cantina, Milky Chance concert at the Wild Horse, KISS at Fort Calgary and the Rodeo / Cowboys combo to round out the week. Every year I think this is the last year, "I'm getting to old for this", but every year I find a new groove and different way of looking at Stampede events. This year definitely tied in to concerts and truly was a good time.
Big thanks to Peter S and Ryan B for making it a Stampede to remember.
|Elliot kicking it off at the Cantina with Blair's deadly |
margarita. An ex-nhler was done after 4 of those!
|Freak hail storms all July|
|Really good cover band at Rose|
|Huge Jenga at the Rose and Crown|
|Sticker collection, we all contributed|
Bad drunk singing to "Stolen Dance" by Milky Chance at the Wild Horse Saloon (a parking lot 51 weeks of the year).
|Milky Chance from Germany|
Midweek Wednesday at Fort Calgary, free food and booze thanks to Pete's hook up. Thanks buddy!
Moist, The Cult and KISS (one of my top 5 bands of all time)
Just a quick moment of Pete and I having a good old time
|Here we go!|
The Cult "Love Removal Machine" - I especially love the dude to the left of camera head banging.
|Ian Ashbury of the Cult|
A quick review of the situation just before the headliners take the stage. I was surprised how few people knew or were there for KISS.
|"Ladies and Gentlemen,|
Mr. Paul Stanley"
|The Demon, who truly made the show even at 67 years old!|
Video of me walking to the front while "Beth" plays. I was actually in mid sentence when I heard the song begin and I just left everyone behind pulled to the music on stage. Very cool moment for me to forget my surroundings and just "go".
|Best concert I have been to!|
Final Friday Rodeo and Cowboys
|Poncho Up to Cowboys??|
|My back alley washed out almost every day of Stampede|
|Me, Art, Alex, Marcel, Jimbo, Ryan|
|Perfect seats as always|
|Me, Alex with a Cowboys backdrop|
|And he'll have no idea why his mouth tastes like feet|
in the morning
Sailing at the Glenmore Reservoir.
I mean if you're going to buy a boat instead of taking lessons then you better get your butt out on the water as much as possible. A condition of the sale was that the previous owner Manuel had to take us for a lesson or two. All Dale (the co-owner) and I needed was one lesson! Stormy August will be a good test...
Excited owner of a Siren 17. Waiting for the crew!
|Manuel and Dale|
Me and my boat sitting waiting to ship off.
|First time backing up a trailer in my|
|Good that the dock is plastic - bump, bump|
|Enjoying a sail with Manuel|
|This is not sailing weather! We just got in 5 min before this.|
Road trip through British Columbia - Highway 1 there and Highway 3 back.
A 9 am start after sending off a moto rack that a Quebec guy bought to add to my trip funds, yeah. I originally bought the cases and rack fro $450, took the top case to Argentina and am using the side cases on my BC road trips. So I'm doing good after selling the rack for $220.
Great weather all the way to Eagle bay on Canada's Highway 1 that spans about 8000 km of the country from East to West (this being part of the last 1000 km to Vancouver). Only complaint was that gas prices in Golden are 30% more than anywhere else on the trip and of course Calgary. Let it be know DON'T GET GAS IN GOLDEN!
Hanging with the Dume...'s, Dol...'s and Brossy at Eagle Bay for a few days. Always a relaxing time.
|First signs of the Rockies|
|I love these animal crossings|
|River side riding|
|Check out this speedway that goes over 100 kph. No way!|
|Passing Sicamous and the million house boats|
|Arriving to a swimming party|
|Didn't take long to fall off the inflatable paddle board|
|Brent and I going for supplies|
He's using a wake board helmet
Next stop was any place with an available camp site! - Summerland.
A quick stop at the moto museum I always mean to stop in to at the Eagle Bay turn off. Oh $15 to enter, that's why I don't stop here, haha. Chase to Falkland back road C5R6T2V6 was great, little lakes and farms with a hard patch of gravel for 6km, easy. Falkland to Kelowna, Hwy 97 which is quick and scenic too all along the Okanagan Lake C3R8T3V6. No camping spots even at $45 a night for a piece of ground!
Luckily I stopped in to the Summerland Yacht club and was given the inside scoop on the campground. I got in with the maintenance crew and they hooked me up!
|That's the way to go|
|I saw enough from here, haha|
|Chase to Falkland, great back road|
|Easy 6 km of packed gravel|
|Hwy 97 to Kelowna and|
|Big timber industry and usually lots of summer fires too|
|Classic BC hitchhiking action|
Good thing I'm not a cop
|Where were these signs when I was growing up???|
|Nice little spot|
|Nice little spot too|
|Major tent apartment with microwave and fridge!|
Morning swim in Summerland.
On to Christina Lake.
Rode down through Penticton (had a quick coffee with my cousin Leonard) to Osoyoos, HOT! 34 degrees C. Usually the Hottest place in Canada with more vineyards than you know what to do with and Fruit stands! C3R7T3V6. Mountains and Valleys. Made it to Christina Lake for the night and a little dip in the water.
|Damn, going to fast to stop!|
|great for a hot day|
|I hope they have a place to wash the juice off, squirt!|
|Desert Mountains similar to|
|Osoyoos in the valley below|
|A few good climbing curves|
Not the best spot at Christina Lake, but when it's 34 C and a skip and a jump from my camp site this will do. BTW, it's supposed to be the warmest mountain fed lake, but I don't think that makes it warm...
Big Day - Nelson, Ferry and Fernie. A little rainy to start, but I powered through and the day was magic after that.
I whipped along Hwy 3 and up to Nelson and the ferry on Hwy 6 to Creston on Hwy 3A. C4/5R7T4V7 - great roads, mountains and valleys and a ferry! For some reason I find the Cranbrook area a little boring, no idea why, but after that it's all river riding to Fernie. May be a little too much traffic. C3/5R7T5V7.
|Tasty flat peach|
|Morning at Christina. Camping with a plug in!|
|Stop in Nelson|
|What a spot|
|Boat garages, I want one|
|Along Kootenay Lake|
|The guy on my right is actually|
a big deal adventure skier that
has done it all including skiing
in a Volcano in NZ!
|Nice couple from Kindersley|
|That's the other big ferry|
|Crawford Bay and Hwy 3A|
|A bear crossing my path, pretty good to catch him on|
camera while passing at 100 km/h!
|Hwy 3A |
|Coming in to Creston|
|Stopped for a snack, What was advertised as LOCAL!|
Was actually from Vancouver!
|Good Old Cranbrook|
|I must have a 100 photos of this|
for all the times I pass by.
|Here we are|
|Nestled in the mountains|
Final leg home. Fernie to Calgary. Hwy 3, 22 and 2. Some Rain and major storm clouds avoided in the windyish foothills. C3R7T2/3V5/6.
|Could be a good day?|
|Or not, passing Sparwood Big Truck|
|Back to Alberta|
|Shooting from the hip|
|Shooting under my jacket so I don't have to mess with zippers|
|A nice welcome home sky.|
|Wine in a can, really...|
|Drying sails in the garage|
|Big Red mighty as always|
|This guy may have missed something when locking up?|
|Took a look to see if I have anything|
of value...I don't
|yikes in July|
|Scene from Grandtheft Auto|
|Any GI Joes worth anything... Not really|
20 years later and you can get back what you paid for them.
What my mom paid for them. Kinda as good as my stocks!
They have also been smashed in
a sliding door track!
|Best when it counts. Bring on the Olympics!|
|Chau skin cancer|
|GREAT PLANNING: fixing gutters in the rain!|
|Argentina takes over China's garlic|
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