What Happened in 2017?

Come for a little tour of southern Alberta with me as I go back and look at some of my favorite photos and moments granted by nature in 2017! Starting from January, we'll go through a time portal and end up in December, lol! Seriously, how cool would that be?! 

This is the view of the Waterton Lakes and the town site inside the Waterton Lakes National Park, I wrote a whole blog post about this place and why it's so cool. At the time I wrote about this National Park it hadn't yet experienced it's wildfire, which happened late in the summer of 2017.

Then came spring, the sky was weird all year but this was pretty creepy! This scary storm rolled by while my kids and I were hiking in Kananaskis Country, thankfully we were close to our vehicle and took refuge, it came and went in a matter of minutes!

Every year I like to take my kiddos to the Dinosaur Provincial Park, it's like stepping into a different world, I'm completely in love with this place, read more about it in my blog post!

With the government offering free park passes this year, I took mine everytime I went out, lol. Never knew where we were going, I love how my kids are as spontaneous as I am!

Gloomy early summer days, seems like the seasons are delayed by a month or so now... In any case, dreaming of owning a horse one day is what I think about while exploring the back country roads of southern Alberta. There's so many cool things to see, rolling hills, rivers, eagles, hawks, horses, cows, deers, old barns, I love it.

First camping trip of the summer and I'll never forget it.

Because this mama deer stayed with us all day, very close to our tent. We DID NOT feed her, she grazed all around us then she would lay down and chew for a bit. She left at dusk and came back at dawn the next morning. I kept my distance but she kept coming closer to us. My dog was more confused than anything, lol!

Seriously though, I could sit by a fire my whole life and be happy, I need camping, I need to be at one with nature, the sounds, the warmth, the fresh air...

I was pretty impressed with myself with my first capture of a butterfly in flight. I'm in love with this moment. 

Then came the BC wildfires. This is southern Alberta and the smoke was unreal. The sun was a constant bright orange and so was the moon. Eyes would burn and water, breathing was getting hard to do too. I've lived in Alberta since 2003 and I've never experienced anything like it before. I'm so sorry for those who had to run for their lives and those who lost everything. 

In the midst of all that, one day, this butterfly came to rest in my hand. I don't know if it was a sign but I thanked nature for giving me such an amazing moment. These are the tiny little butterflies that flutter around erratically and you can barely see them because they are all over the place, yea... I thought it was pretty cool that it came to a complete rest in my hand... 

Camping again! This time though, no deer. But plenty of 4x4 trails! So hooray for that! Whenever you're out and about and see a stone heart in the middle of nowhere...that's me just saying peace & love. I've always done this with rocks , lol, spread more love and stop the hate. Seriously.

Summer ending is always a drag but not when you spot your first Blue Heron! It kept flying away from me and I didn't want to scare it so it waited patiently and it paid off!

From the end of summer to about November, I had a lot of changes happening in my life, some wanted and some unwanted but in the end, I realized a dream. I finally woke up to my first sunrise living in the mountains! Not just camping, but living here!! 

Did you like this post? Should I do little stories like this in the future with my photos? Tell me in the comments, I love hearing from all of you!

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Awaken Your Wanderlust

Awaken Your Wanderlust

When it comes to wandering and exploring, I've always felt pulled by an invisible force to just go... somewhere, anywhere and see the world. I've had some incredible experiences, the one I loved the most and also was the most brutal trip, was when I moved from Barrie, ON to Edmonton, AB on the Greyhound bus in 2003!

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