Winter Fun – Cars, Carpentry, Maternity Photos, Hiking, Zoo Lights, etc.

It’s been a quiet last few months on my blog page, however I’ve been fairly busy in my personal life, so here’s a bit of an update.

Over the last few months I have built multiple LEGO models including the Bugatti Chiron, Lamborghini FKP37, Porsche 911 RSR, Dodge Charger, Cargo Plane, Crocodile Locomotive, James Bond Car, and Disney Railroad.

I’ve also been busy doing quite a few carpentry projects including a reclaimed wood bed frame, raw spruce bedside tables, a planter box, spice rack, side tables, a foot stool, and a wine rack.

Every week we have been playing online board games with our good friends John and Nicole; usually Catan. It’s a lot of fun, however we look forward to the days where we can play again in-person.

On October 11th Julie and I had a physically distanced meeting with my friends Al and Dawn, as well as their son Ben and his lovely wife Vivian. During our visit Al showed me around his beautiful 1966 Dodge Charger, and we even went for a brief ride in it.

On November 11th Julie and I drove to Canmore on a beautiful, crisp and cool morning to hike Grassi Lakes. This is my third time hiking Grassi Lakes, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. It had just snowed the previous day, which made for beautiful photos. The trails were fairly quiet, which was an added bonus. The lakes hadn’t frozen yet, as it was still fairly early into winter.

On November 15th Julie and I drove to Kananaskis and completed the Cat Creek Falls hike. The 2.4 kilometer hike is fairly easy and took us only 45 minutes to complete. At the end of the hike there is a cute waterfall that was half frozen.

On November 22nd I took some maternity photos for my good friends John and Nicole. They just had their beautiful baby girl Alex a few days ago.

On December 6th Julie and I drove to Kananaskis and completed the Black Prince Cirque Hike again. You may remember that we completed this same hike in the summer time, and wow it certainly looked different in the winter than it did in the summer.

On December 8th we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Grady girl. She had just turned 11 years old on November 8th, but sadly she had quickly developed cancer in her stomach and over the course of just two weeks she was unable to eat or drink anything, and had barely enough energy to stay awake. We will remember all the wonderful memories we had with her.

On New Years Eve Julie and I hiked Grotto Canyon and Heart Creek Bunker during the day, before checking into Solara Resort & Spa in Canmore for the evening. I have completed Grotto Canyon and Heart Creek Bunker hikes previously in the summer, so be sure to check out my blog posts on those as if you’re interested. We made a delicious steak and lobster dinner, played some board games, and had some wine and bubbles before tucking into bed at 2am.

What’s in store for me next? I’m not entirely sure as COVID-19’s second wave is here, and we’re going through a second lockdown currently. I’ll still be out hiking, but I don’t see any travel plans in the horizon at this point in time.

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2018-05-22 – US Route 66 Day 6

Today we drove 230 miles from Clinton, Oklahoma to Vega, Texas. We ended up staying at The Days Inn. We saw the following sights today:

  • Glancy Motel, Clinton
  • Bess Rogers Drive, Clinton
  • Route 66 Museum, Clinton
  • Y Service Station, Clinton
  • Cotton Boll Motel Sign, Clinton
  • Canute Service Station, Canute
  • Tallest Oil Rig, Elk City
  • Old Town Museum, Elk City
  • Beckham County Courthouse, Sayre
  • Western Motel Sign, Sayre
  • Town of Erick
  • Water Hole Mural & Tumbleweed Grill, Texola. We had food here. Dad had Liver & Onions, and I had a Jalapeno Burger with Homemade Fries. Masel, the wonderful woman who owned the place, cooked us lunch and told us stories of her purchasing the place, fixing it up, and expanding it. She also purchased the bar next door and is going to fix it up.
  • Hot Rods Pizza, Shamrock
  • Big Verns Steakhouse, Shamrock
  • Conoco Tower Station and U Drop Inn, Shamrock. This beautiful gas station. Built in 1936 by J. M. Tindall and R. C. Lewis at the cost of $23,000. With its Art Deco detailing and two towers, the building was designed and constructed to be three separate structures. The first was the Tower Conoco Station, named for the dominating four-sided obelisk rising from the flat roof and topped by a metal tulip. The second was the U-Drop Inn Café, which got its name from a local schooolboy’s winning entry in a naming contest. The third structure was supposed to be a retail store that instead became an overflow seating area for the café.
  • Magnolia Gas Station, Shamrock
  • Devil’s Rope Museum, McLean
  • Cactus Inn, McLean
  • Phillips 66, McLean
  • Red River Steakhouse, McLean
  • Kiser 66, Alanreed
  • Leaning Tower, Groom
  • Chalet Inn, Groom
  • Cross of our Lord, Groom
  • Bug Ranch, Panhandle
  • Big Texcan Steak Ranch, Amarillo. This is the home of the 72 oz free steak if you can eat it in one hour or under.
  • Paramount Sign, Amarillo
  • Downtown Amarillo
  • Taylors Texaco, Amarillo
  • Helium Plant, Amarillo
  • Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo
  • Bonanza Motel, Vega
  • Magnolia Station, Vega

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2018-05-19 – US Route 66 Day 3

Today we drove 156 miles from St. Louis, Illinois to St. Robert, Missouri. We ended up staying at Studio Z, a pretty swanky chic hotel in St. Robert for only $60 per night. We ended up having a beer in the bar and chatting with the woman running the hotel. We saw the following sights today:

  • Chain of Rocks Bridge, Illinois
  • St. Louis Arch, St. Louis
  • Ted Drewes Frozen Custurd, St. Louis
  • Musuem of Transport, St. Louis
  • Assured Automotive, Eureka
  • Hot / Cold Towers, St. Clair
  • Meramec Caverns, Stanton
  • Circle Inn Malt Shop, Bourbon
  • Bourbon Water Towers, Bourbon
  • Mural in Cuba, Cuba
  • Missouri Hick BBQ, Cuba. Dad had St. Louis Ribs with Mustard Potato Salad and Baked Beans. I had a Brisket Sandwich with Salad.
  • Wagon Wheel Motel, Cuba
  • World’s 2nd Largest Rocking Chari, Fanning
  • Mule Trading Post, St. James.
  • Stonehenge Replica, Rolla

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2018-05-18 – US Route 66 Day 2

Today we drove from Dwight, Illinois to St. Louis Illinois. We drove a total distance of 257 miles today and saw the following items (listed below) before visiting a bottle shop in downtown St. Louis called Saint Louis Hop Shop. I purchased about a dozen IPA’s too consume for the remainder of the trip. We headed back to the hotel for the night.

  • Ambler’s Texaco, Dwight. We met a guy here named Jack who also showed us around town. There was also an old bank designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; one of my favorite architects, as well as an old train station, and the Fox Development Center for the handicapped and mentally ill.
  • Mobil 1 Station, Odell
  • 1932 Standard Oil Gas Station, Odell
  • Meramex Signs and Rustic Barns, Cayuga
  • Old Labin Inn, Pontiac
  • Octane 66, Pontiac
  • Livingston County Court House, Pontiac
  • Oakland Auto Museum, Pontiac
  • Route 66 Museum, Pontiac
  • Old Pharmacy, Chenoa
  • 1931 Sprague Super Service Station, Normal
  • Beer Nut Factory, Bloomington. We purchased some beer nuts from here.
  • Arcadia Video Games, Mclean. This place was closed but we still got a photo of the outside and inside.
  • Downey Building, Atlanta
  • Paul Bunyan Statue, Atlanta
  • Palm Grill Café, Atlanta. We ate here. My dad has the Palm’s Burger with Chips. I had the Spicy & Smoky Burger with Chips.
  • Railsplitter Covered Wagon, Lincoln
  • Postville Courthouse, Lincoln
  • Lincoln City Hall, Lincoln
  • Pig Hip Restaurant Sign, Broadwell
  • Illinois State Capital, Springfield
  •  Cozy Dog Drive In, Springfield. We tried one of their “cozy” dogs… It was gross.
  • Arts Restaurant and Motel, Farmersville
  • Belvidere Motel, Litchfield. The motel is no longer open. It went bankrupt back in 2015.
  • Soulsby Service Station, Olive
  • Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, Staunton
  • Pink Elephant Antiques, Livingston

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