It’s snowing in Calgary today. I shouldn’t be surprised – Calgary weather is volatile at the best of times, but it really does hammer home the point that my favourite season is over. This year things are a bit different, because the beginning of fall means the beginning of a huge adventure for Zevi and me, but I’m always a little bit sad to see summer say goodbye. Fall has its beauties, but I’m never the one leading the cheering section when Pumpkin Spice Lattes and yellow leaves start to make their appearance. All good things must come to an end, though, and for us we’re about to embark on something even better!
We were very lucky this summer to have the chance to spend lots of time with friends and family both in town and away from the city. We continued our yearly tradition of camping in Drumheller with friends on a very hot weekend in July – the landscape in the area is so striking and different from most anything I’ve ever seen. Sometimes I forget how much beauty we have right in our own back yard!
Calgary Folk Fest has become another summer tradition for us, and is always one of the weekends I look forward to most all year. I can’t resist buying tickets no matter who’s playing, and it never disappoints. There’s just something about the atmosphere – everyone is so relaxed and laid back and just happy to be enjoying some beautiful tunes in the great outdoors. It somehow manages to be a welcoming place for people of all ages and just feels to me like a little oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our busy downtown. The food is top notch, the beer gardens are a riot, and I always manage to reunite with friends that I haven’t seen in much too long. I’ll be back next year!
Our summer was capped off by a wonderful trip to BC, with stops at my family’s cabin in the Shuswap, in Kelowna for our good friends’ wedding, and in Victoria to visit family. It was a wonderful trip in so many ways, and being able to spend so much quality time with family and friends left my heart so full. I had no idea that being a bridesmaid in a wedding would be such a blast, but I had an absolutely amazing time standing up next to one of my best friends as she said her I dos. It was really great to have time to connect with many of the people we love, especially since Zevi and I will be venturing off on our own for three months.
We had lots of fun times just being in the city during this season. Calgary is a great place to be in the summer – patios are always full and there is always something going on. I am sad to see the summer slip away, but I can’t wait until we take off tomorrow night for South America!