So...more about vacation.
We stopped to take a pic at 3 Valley Gap - you can see why. It was 1 in the afternoon and I couldn't believe the lake was so still at midday.
In Calgary we stayed with the family we used to camp with. It is always a guaranteed good time, and they have a new house which is gorgeous. There's a park up the street and the kids disappeared right away. The first full day the kids had a birthday party to attend and when we returned, my brother in law and his wife had arrived (they came a day behind us). Of course the BIL brought Rock Band with him, so the fun began again. Now we had the "adult" band and the "kid" band and I think the kids might have done better than we did.
On Sunday the girls and I went to church and caught up with everyone. Honestly - this was one of the highlights of my trip. Along with driving along the Shuswap, this was when I really felt like I was coming "home". The only thing that would have made it better would have been if we had sat as a choir (they don't in the summer). But otherwise it was the same old banter and the same laughs. The new minister is fabulous and dang it, I really miss that church.
Monday we had coffee with one of the teachers from their old school - we've stayed in touch since moving and it was great to see him! We returned to "Grandma and Grampa's" (it was so lovely to be adopted when we were so far away from family) for a day. Grandma made the world's best beef stew and a cake she is noted for and we ate far too much - and then stayed up playing cards again.
And then it was back to the airport and the flight home - and 36 hours of patting the cat and doing laundry and packing all over again....