We spent our mid-May Sunday Funday at the Calgary Zoo. Hubby hadn’t visited that zoo since 1993 and, before that, way back in 1978. It’s changed (and improved) immensely over the years.
One of my favourite additions is the penguin exhibit.
The robotic dinosaurs in the recently updated Dinosaur Park totally impressed us.
The massive Brontosaurus is a longstanding fixture at the zoo. Here’s Hubby in front of it in 1978. (Can’t believe my terrible picture-taking skills!!)
My boys and friends on a rainy day in 1993. (At least I got the dino head in that shot)
And Hubby again, this year. (Only missing the tail this time)
We were wildly excited to view the mama gorilla and her very new baby. I got a good video of them, but they’re barely discernible in my photos through the glass.
A month later, my nephew captured this adorable shot of the two outside, which he’s kindly allowed me to share. Thanks, Ty!
It seemed most of the animals were moulting or napping, and some were moulting while napping.
Relaxing Bighorn Sheep
Drowsy Snow Leopards
At least the bears were active.
Yearling black bear cub.
When the male grizzly noticed the smaller female had a cob of corn, he decided he wanted it.
The female grizzly immediately backed off.
Wouldn’t want to mess with these lethal claws.
The little gophers provided entertainment.
On our drive home from Alberta, we stopped at the Sicamous Creek Waterfalls trail. It wasn’t a Sunday, but I’m still counting it as a Funday.
Having just returned from a trip, we were busy at home the next Sunday (lucky we’d had two outings the previous week), and we also missed the following Sunday because neither the weather nor I were at our best.
Our first Sunday Funday in June, we followed one of the Mission Creek Park trails on the south side of the creek. To my delight, we came across a turtle pond.
An idyllic setting, we spotted lots of little turtles, sunning and swimming.
Cute waterfowl, too.
We then took the Sutherland Hills Loop.
It was a gentle, scenic walk, although the vast amount of poison ivy growing right along the trail was disconcerting.
I’ve hiked from the bottom parking area of Knox Mountain, then over to Paul’s Tomb (2.75 kms with an elevation change of 190 metres) and I’ve hiked from the first viewpoint to the upper viewpoint (1.28 kms with an elevation change of 170 metres).
My next Sunday Funday challenge was to hike from the bottom of the Apex Trail all the way to the top (1.78 kms with an elevation change of 260 metres). And I made it!
Okanagan Lake looking south.
Okanagan Lake looking north.
I did have to stop a time or two to catch my breath, and try not to woof my cookies – which thankfully I didn’t.
Hubby, the machine, was barely winded when we reached the top.
Looking at Dilworth Mountain Park, with the Sexsmith area in the background.
We walked down using the paved road, as it’s easier on Hubby’s knees. Roadside view of Okanagan Lake (and Kelowna) looking south.
The first viewpoint as seen from the road.
The same viewpoint from further down the road.
While not particularly ‘fun’, I did enjoy the challenge, and it was lovely being in the great outdoors with spectacular vistas at every turn.
Speaking of spectacular vistas, you won’t believe what’s still to come as Sunday Fundays continues.