Rocks!

I have a bunch of photo’s of rocks, or the side of mountains with moss/lichen.
Not sure of the difference, soon I will have time to look up the difference.
Rocks 1 Rocks 2 Rocks 3

I quit my job last week and have two weeks left. The countdown to unemployment has begun. Excitement, anticipation and fear are my competing emotions these days.

While I am excited to have the time off, be able to focus on my interests and sit in my pajamas as long as I like, there is also and underlying voice saying “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?????”

I haven’t been unemployed for eighteen years and the job I’m leaving is not bad but not good for me anymore. While I know this is the right move it’s hard to tell the freak-out overly sensible part of my brain that everything is going to be fine, I can find another job, another pay cheque. A better one.

So today it’s pictures of rocks, symbolizing standing by my decision and knowing it’s the right move. Giving the scared part something solid to stand on.

Hopefully the whiney biatch in me will see the light and shut up. I’ll work on my resume tomorrow and make her feel a little better. Also come up with a plan and a schedule for my time off, that should appease her a bit.

An Amazing View!

Favourite Banff Photo

My favourite photo from my trip to the top of Sulphur Mountain, the conditions on that day could not have been more perfect!

Sulphur Mountain Dramatic

My camera has a “dramatic” setting and with the mountains the effect is quite beautiful.
Sulphur Mountain Dramatic 1 Sulphur Mountain Dramatic 2 Sulphur Mountain Dramatic 3

Sulphur Mountain Views

Not much to say here, just photos from the perfect day on top of Sulphur Mountain!
Sulphur Mountain 3 Sulphur Mountain 4 Sulphur Mountain 5 Sulphur Mountain 6 Sulphur Mountain 7 Sulphur Mountain 8

Sulphur Mountain Gondola

Sulphur Mountain Gondola
The day went up the Sulphur Mountain Gondola was perfect. The sky was clear and blue, the mountains looked amazing, there was almost no wind and it was a decent temperature!

I haven’t been up the gondola in years and it’s easy to forget how beautiful it is. Also it’s a great place to think about things, especially the day I went. It was really quiet and not many people were around. It was the perfect place for me to figure things out.

Here are some views and I’ll share more over the next few days!
Sulphur Mountain View 2 Sulphur Mountain View 1

Banff Upper Hot Springs

While in Banff I stopped at the Upper Hot Springs and was glad I did!
Upper Hot Spring Sign

I had heard that it was closed but on the beautiful sunny day that I arrived, it was open. It is so nice to sit in a hot pool, relax and take in the beautiful views. It was a great end to my wonderful few days in Banff. A much needed break that gave me time to think, clear my head and make a difficult decision. More on that tomorrow.

Today I’ll just imagine sitting in a wonderful pool, enjoying the sun and preparing to take a huge step towards changing my life.
Upper Hot Spring

Funny Signs In Banff

It’s one of my favourite things, how to convey things through images.
Trip Sign

That one is totally meant for me, if there is something to trip over or hit my head on I’m tripping or hitting my head. Sometimes signs don’t help, I see the sign, it registers but I trip or hit my head anyway.
Slip Sign (Beer)

This one needs to have a beer drawn in his hand and a “Woo Hoo” balloon over his head!
Slipper Winter Conditions

Very slippery in Banff, lots of signs of people slipping. That day it was pretty clear but still a few slippery parts where I clung onto the hand rails like an old lady afraid of breaking a hip. Oh wait I am an “older” lady afraid of breaking a hip………….

Mount Rundle, Banff

Mount Rundle
Probably one of the most familiar views down Banff Avenue.

On a clear day it’s beautiful and it was nice that the sky cleared as the first day in Banff it was cloudy and you could just barely make it out. I was glad Carole got the view that is so famous, it would be a shame to come all the way from Australia and miss it!

My roommate when I lived in Banff used to tell me my hair was “Mount Rundle-ing”, which meant it was all squished to one side. I used to have short, spiky red hair and in the mornings sometimes I would only have time to brush my teeth or fix my hair. Of course I would choose my teeth, splash water on my face and run my fingers through my hair. Leaving me looking a bit like Bill the Cat.

I was eighteen when I lived there and for parents out there I on one hand would never recommend sending your child to work in Banff, at any age. On the other hand I had SO MUCH FUN I wouldn’t want to deny somebody else the experience. It was like going to college except there was no homework and you got a pay cheque!