Road Trip: Back from Southern Alberta

It’s probably the last hot weekend of the season, was my thought. Can’t waste it. So Saturday afternoon and Sunday were spent with my brother in southern Alberta. I told him when I got there I needed steak. I’m getting old. I need my protein.

Apart from a drive through the country roads and the best steak anywhere nowadays–at Alexander’s Steak House and Pizzaria in Airdrie (we keep coming back)–we visited friends with two dogs and two cats, sat on a deck overlooking a large back yard with a park beyond it (the advantage of small towns of four thousand people), picked late-season raspberries, called my aunt in Czech Republic, watched sci-fi movies and Star Trek, took a zip around town on my brother’s motorcycle, and visited Carstairs Heritage Centre before the storm-front wind picked up.

Steak at Alexander’s in Airdrie, AB

Lap dogs

Late-season raspberries

In front of Carstairs Heritage Centre

Bike Ride

Five o’clock on Sunday. Time to head home. The drive to Red Deer was interesting. What we thought was distant rain was actually smoke rolling in across the Rockies from the British Columbia forest fires–severe this year. I took the Greyhound bus from Red Deer to Edmonton, and the smoke got worse before it got better. Like something out of The Mist or Twilight Zone.

Smoke on Hwy 2, Olds to Red Deer, AB

Smoke on Hwy 2, Olds to Red Deer

What a wonderful way to spend the last of the truly hot days of summer. (Already some of the leaves are yellow and falling. It’s August 13th!) While I was headed south, my son and his friends had headed southwest to camp in Canmore. They experienced some of the warmest nights seen this late in August in the foothills.

Elevation (Alberta)

  • Edmonton: 670 m (2198 ft)
  • Calgary: 1,045 m (3,428 ft)
  • Canmore: 1,350 m (4300 ft)
  • Banff: 1,400 m (4,600 ft) to 1,630 m (5,350 ft)

See also: Fair Skies, Dark Skies

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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5 Responses to Road Trip: Back from Southern Alberta

  1. Jack Eason says:

    Dogs always know a soft touch when they see one Eva πŸ˜‰ xx

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  2. Love how you recounted your trip. I love the Rotti – miss mine 😦 Road trips are such a wonderful way of connecting with nature as well as friends & family.

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  3. Arlee Bird says:

    That steak looks delicious. I think I’m about ready for lunch.

    My wife and I did a cross-Canada trip last year and it was wonderful. It all went by far too quickly so we’d like to do it again someday except at an even slower pace than last year.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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