Sunday, July 13, 2008

Big Sky Country

I'm just back from a family trip to Lethbridge, Alberta, where the whole gang of us went to celebrate our nephew's wedding. Congratulations, Jeff and Jen! We flew from Vancouver to Calgary, then rented a vehicle – The Family Bus! – and drove three hours south to Lethbridge. In my mind, this trip had all the makings of National Lampoon's Family Vacation (grandmother included) but it turned out to be a lot more fun and a lot less trouble than the movie. The high point was spending time with all the cousins, aunts and uncles, and having good food and many laughs.


Some wonderful things about Alberta included: the friendliness of the people; giant hailstones the size of golfballs; cowboy hats and bales of hay at the airport (it was Stampede Week); and most of all: The Big Sky. I was thrilled to see the horizon in every direction. Pillowy, white clouds in a circular blue sky rising over brilliant, yellow fields of canola. Amazing!


My good friend and fellow author, Linda Bailey (, says that whenever I travel to a new place, I always want to move there. It may be true. Imagine being able to see The Big Sky every single day...

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