Thursday, August 18, 2016

August Swimming Lessons 2016

This year we had Nathan's 3 children, Thomas, Hunter and JJ, along with Tashina's Markus, and James at the Ranch for swimming lesson's in Cardston for the first 2 weeks of August! Oh man did that fill up the house and kept us all busy, busy! Kassie and Tiffany came with the kids to help out and Kelly(Grandma) came. It kept us all very busy, but I think the kids had a great time! We sure tried to make it fun for them.


Here were are at Bertha Falls!
They are happier than they look! Honest! 
Left to right, James, Thomas, Hunter, JJ and Markus in the front!


At the playground before swimming lessons! See Tiffy at the side of the slide! She is fun for the kids.


See, Tiffany is at the top of the climby thingy! Fun Fun!



JJ in Waterton! Oh what a sweet sweet girl!


These boys are so busy, no posing for pictures. 
Draven, Thomas, and Hunter!


Hunter at Bertha Falls!
He was fun, sweet and full of tall tales!


Thomas at the creek! He is a busy one with no fear!


Markus at Waterton enjoying the cool water! (Brrrr!)


James and Thomas taking a break from hauling branches!



Just a collage of an Instagram post!
Loved having the kids around so that we can get to know them!

They are busy as little ones can be and I hope they come again soon!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Wishbone Trail, Waterton August 13, 2016

Kelly, Kassie, Tiffany and I got to do a day ride in Waterton! We decided to ride the Wishbone trail that can take you up top of Vimy Mountain and/or take you over to Crypt Lake (if you want to ride that far and hard). We chose to ride over to what is called Wishbone landing, it is basically across the lake from the Prince of Wales hotel on Middle Waterton Lake. I thought it was a great discovery for me and a fun ride!


Here we are lunching by the lake, Tiffany, Kelly (making herself at home in between the girls) and Kassie! Vimy Mountain in the background. 


Tiffany with a view of the cliffs that were cool! We saw lots of kayakers here and we were even treated to a couple of boys jumping off those cliffs. Guessing that the cliffs are about 40ft tall. One of the boys did a fancy forward flip before hitting the water and the other just found the courage to actually jump! I was way to slow getting the camera ready to catch the jumpers.


My view of the ride, Tiffany leading on Yuno, Kassie in the middle riding Shasta and Kelly riding Zee, I rode Willow and loved the ride! It is so awesome to be in the mountains on horse back with the sun shining and the wind non-existant!


The horses picked up a gear or two on the way back to the trailer! Oh how I love where I live!
Love these ladies even more!


If there is a picture, then it happened, right?! 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Kauai, Hawaii

This year I got to take a trip to Hawaii with my sister Kelly and her friend Cynthia. They were there 5 days earlier than me. I left Calgary on Sunday 14 Feb 2016. We came home on 24 Feb 2016. 

Blue sky and the ocean! What more can one ask for? Love it!



This is a tree canopy that we got to drive through as we were going from one side of the island to the other. It's so green and lush!



Kelly and I at Limahuli Garden! I'll let the picture speak for itself!



It rained off and on the whole trip! So we were very glad we had rain jackets. We got to do most of the tour with no rain, but we did have to find shelter for a bit! 







This is the hut we took refuge in.
I just love how green and lush everything is and I love being warm even if it is overcast and raining.

Limahuli Garden, Kauai




Some of you may recognize this mountain from a famous old movie. Hint: "I'm going to wash that man right out of my hair!"

That's right South Pacific!

Kauai has been and I'm sure will continue to be a location for movies. 

The Beach! Only thing missing is Mr Sun!

Chickens, Chickens everywhere Chickens!


Here we are on our way up to the top of Waimea Canyon, often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Obviously very windy! And yes, I'm working on keeping my clothes where they should be!  Steep cliffs that are about 3000 ft deep! It was very beautiful and rugged!

We hiked up to a little waterfall, so little I didn't bother to take a picture of it! The hike was very rugged, over boulders, stumps and very muddy as it was raining off and on the whole hike. It was rather slippery too with the red mud. Nothing like hiking in the Rockies.

The clouds lifted just enough for us to take a picture of the ocean from the top of the Canyon! It is very pretty, just imagine if one could have had a clear day from this vantage! Cool!



Just another shot of the rugged Canyon! A neat place to hike!

I took surfing lessons and Yup Yup! I got UP!


This is a Hindu Monastery and it is in the best location ever! All I wanted to do was head down to that waterfall and play in the water! The temple they are building is in the background off to the right. They didn't let us to up to the actual site, but this was a great place to be. They have interesting stories of how this came to be and what they are doing with it now! 

At the beach trying to settle in for a nice day of tanning, but the rain kept coming and leaving, but it was warm and sure beats snow!


Kelly and Cynthia all settled in at the beach!

Our Helicopter! That is a great thing to do! It was chilly without the doors on though!

I love this picture of Kelly in the Helicopter!

Na Pali Coast this is so so cool!
Another shot of the Na Pali Coast from the Helicopter.

We rented bikes and rode along the coast from Kappa, Kauai!
This was fun!

Shaved Ice! I finally had Hawaii's famous Shaved Ice!

Going to Hawaii in the Winter is a good thing to do and I hope to do it again very soon!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Horseshoe Basin Waterton, AB August 2015


This year the Leavitt Ladies rode the Horseshoe Basin Loop located in Waterton Lakes National Park. As you can see it is a 20.8 km ride round trip. We went left and returned on the right! A nice day for a ride except for the smoke. There were a lot of forest fires in our area this year. Three in Montana on Logans Pass, One in Waterton on the big lake and several in BC and Saskatchewan that for some reason sent their smoke our way to Southern Alberta.




We are parked by the Buffalo Paddock and Colynda is posing before she gets her horse. Notice the haze in the background. Smoke! That is Vimy mountain behind her, and there is only a hint of that mountain.


Shauna is getting ready to head up the mountain. Those last minute calls to make sure everything is as it should be.


Marilee and Tiffys Luckywrangler! I really like this picture as I sold Tiffy (the nice grey mare Marilee is riding) this fall and I'm glad I have such a nice photo of this great mare! I also think Marilee looks good too! They both look like they are having fun!


Here is the whole group before we head up the mountain. 
From left to right: Hailey Sommerfeldt Duce, Colynda Duce, Cyndy Zemp, Hali Leishman, Marilee Cahoon, Dixie Bevans and Shauna Smith is taking the picture.


A fun picture of Shauna as we head up the mountain.


Just a picture of the haze from all the smoke. This is looking south toward Waterton townsite.


Looking north toward the mountain we are going to climb.


As we are going up. Notice the switchbacks involved.


Climbing, Climbing!


Just about to the top!


At the top! Too bad we can't see anything from up here! This is looking north, we should be able to see Twin Butte and Pincher Creek from here, but not this year!
Getting off for a bit of a break and as Marilee asks: "Do you guys feel a little somethin' somethin' riding this trail?" This trail was steep enough and high enough for Marilee. I would say that this was a bit out of her comfort zone, but she did very well. She trusted her horse to take care of her. Tiffy is calm and sure footed!


Marilee at the Top!


Hali at the Top!


Shauna at the Top!


Hailey Duce at the Top!


Cyndy and Colynda at the Top!


Dixie and Zee Last Wrangler at the Top!
(Just for the record, I really like this picture!)


Heading down now!


I am on my horse above these guys! We are heading down to the trail that you can see at the base of the mountain. A steep ride down for sure! The heads of the girls are level with the trail we are aiming for.


Effort at photography. I wanted the flowers to be brighter.


Now we are having fun on the trail! It's not steep and oh so very nice to ride.


I love the mountains, the horses and the great friends!


Cool shot!


Another great ride!