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Mt. Yamnuska's Summit

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Hiking and scrambling season is closing to its end and I have not done many of the ones that I have planned. Last weeks's try of Mt. Yamnuska was a disappointment. I went all the way to Kananaskis and went up but the mist and dampness prevented me from finishing it. Today I was determined to hit the summit so I woke up at 05:00 AM . I looked out of the window and damn it was dark! I mean very dark. I laid down again and gave myself a bit of rest because I had done a bit of weightlifting on Fri. afternoon but then said to myself: Today I'm someone who cannot do Yamnuska and later ...? I dressed up and went down. I slowly drove and I wanted to give enough time to the day to illuminate itself! Campanula or Bell Flower is the only wildflower that I saw still blooming in Yamnuska By the time I reached the parking lot it was almost 06:50 AM. There was only one car parked there. I geared up and started my journey at exactly 06:57 AM. I took the same path as last week's

An exercise in "Mud"nuska (Mt. Yamnuska!)

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More than a year after I first tried to go to the summit of Mt. Yamnuska in Nakoda Indian Reserve , I again tried it yesterday, this time by myself. I had to drop The Lady at work so by the time I reached the parking lot it was almost 10:05 AM. It was not very crowded but you could see cars and there were two vans. I geared up and headed up at about 10:13 AM and this time when I reached the tree-way I took the straight trail which shows the climbing sign.  The weather was all cloudy and nasty. In fact it has been like this for the entire week and the damn trail was covered with thick, sticky mud. First I though I had forgotten my hiking shoes so I carried on with my runners on I reached a small waterfall and the trail took me to the west side of the mountain until I saw a scree with lots of loose big and small rocks. That was where I bumped to a guy who was coming up and asked him if I could go to the summit from there and he explained how I could reach there and even told me th

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzaria

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This new restaurant was caught by me a few times that I drove through 4th St. SW , Famoso Pizzeria and we decided to go in a few months back. We stepped in and one of the cooks or chefs greeted us and asked how many we were. I told him I needed to ask something first and he listened. I asked whether they served Whole-Wheat crust pizza and the answer was negative. We said goodbye and stepped out! Then later on we got a couple of $10 coupons so we said now we could go there because even if we don't like the food, we won't regret we wasted lots! So we go in and this time it seems different. We don't have to wait to be sited and apparently we go and sit wherever we want which is a bit odd for a restaurant but we don't mind it and then a young lady comes and informs us of the ordering policy which is in the way that we should go to the counter and order there after having a look at the menu, of course. If you're a big group there's a notebook that you ca

Lillian Lake (Kananaskis)

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I wanted to have a good hike this weekend especially because I had not done any the week before so I decided to do Mt. Kidd in Kananaskis . One reason was that it's close to the city. I don't have to pay much for the gas, plus there's no admission fee to the park. I have spent too much in the past 3 months. So I drove to Highway 40 and checked with Barrier Lake Information Center . The gentleman over there was helpful and even gave me books and maps to take photo of but insisted that they do not provide information for scrambling.  You see Mt. Kidd. right after you hit the trail in less than 10 min. It has two popular scrambling summits which I haven't done both!  So I drove to Galatea Creek which is after Kananaskis Village and parked in the huge parking lot of it. there were a few car so the area is popular but maybe not as much as the other hiking locations in the area. I started walking down the trail at 10:45 AM and after a few minutes what you see is

Gurdwara Dashmesh Sahib (The Gateway to the Spiritual Leader)

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It had been a long time that we wanted to go the Sikh temple in northeast side of the City . I had been to the neighbourhood a few times but not inside the temple, which is called Gurdwara although I knew I could go there but not knowing the tradition and everything I waited for my East Indian fellas to be free so I could go with them although none of them are followers of Sikhism !  So here we are at the temple which is called Deshmesh Sahib . Sahib which is an Urdu/Arabic word means Sir. So Deshmesh Sahib is probably the name of the Punjabi/Sikh spiritual leader whose name is used to call the temple. We get in and there where we have to remove our shoes and get a headband. There's a sink and tab there so I guess it's a custom to also wash hands and face. Quite similar to Muslim 's tradition when they enter a mosque unless they don't have to cover their heads. We can hear the instruments and people singing in a very strong voice and it's a nice and ple

Fitbit (Initial Review)

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I bought a Fitbit last June . It's a tracking device which is designed to help you to keep the control of your weight, measure your sleep amount and see how active you are daily and weekly. While it seems to be helpful, it won't work until you feed it accurate, continuous data on daily basis. The less data you provide, the less result you get and it become almost useless.  The other problem with it is it runs out of the battery very soon and then becomes a pain in the butt. You have to recharge the battery at least every two days depending on how you get it to work for you. It also works as a silent alarm which is very good for couples who don't have to wake up at the same time in the morning. It vibrates on your wrist and wakes you up. However you can attach it to your ankle too but don't think it's a good idea.  The main problem with Fitbit similar to may other products in North America is lack of support. If you run into a problem there is really no pla

A Short Trip to the US (3): Going-to-the-Sun Road

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The Shining is one of all time favorite movies of mine. I have seen the movie probably at least 7 times so far, not considering the times that I only watched the clips. I realized that the opening scene of the movie and also another scene when Jack Torrance ( Jack Nicholson ) and his family are going to the Overlook Hotel is filmed in Going-to-the-Sun Road . Then I watched the movie with The Lady and after just a few minutes she said: What a beautiful place this is. And I said: That's where we are going!  G oing-to-the-Sun Road starts from St. Mary Visitor Center , where you have to get a pass for Glacier National Park . The pass is $25 and is good for 7 days. of course we didn't spend that many days in the park but there is no other pass available. To many it might sound expensive but considering the cost of maintenance, staff, preservation and other things, it's nothing. You need to start your trip early because the lookouts and the main attractions' parkin

A Short Trip to the US (2): Ptarmigan Tunnel

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M&M picked us up at the motel and we went to Swiftcurrent Motor Inn where the trail-heads are located after getting a coffee. The mentioned inn was our original place to stay but I had realized that it was all booked. We were there around 08:05 AM so the lot was not fully occupied. We got our gear and hit the trail. The start time was approximately 08:15 AM.  It was a bit hot but not intolerable. The trail has lots of beauty around, from the mountains, to wildlife, vegetation, streams and waterfalls. We even saw a Ptarmigan to confirm that the trail is not named incorrectly(!) and people stopped to take photos. Unfortunately unlike most of the times, I was not in the mood of photography at the moment and that was due to my past experiences with birds which moved fast or fly away as soon as you get an inch to them. The trail reaches a branch after a while. The right fork is the one you should take to go to Ptarmigan Lake and then the tunnel and it steeps up immediately af

A Short Trip to the US (1): Crossing to Montana

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This last weekend's first scheduled plan was to hike Ptarmigan Trail and reach its tunnel in Glacier National Park , State of Montana . The Lady encouraged this trip way before it started but was not aware of the detail. She wouldn't mind she said later on. I talked to M. C. and he agreed to join us at the other side of the border. We headed south on Highway No. 2 on Sat. morning and I guess it was around 12:15 PM or so when we saw the line at the border. The US border crossing station at Alberta-Montana is called Peigan while it is called Carway at the Canadian side. I was not expecting a long wait but it was proved to me that I was wrong, later! We waited approximately 02:30 but when we reached the booth we didn't even spend 5 minutes. There was an African-American officer who asked a few simple questions and let us go. He even didn't stamp our passports! I guess it is not a norm when you cross to the US or vise verse, from ground. A good plan would have bee

Radjoot Restaurant

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The 4th Street SW area of Calgary is a dining neighbourhood. There are many restaurants and businesses in there and we had tried only one until last week. We had wanted to try this East Indian restaurant called Radjoot for a long time and we got the chance finally. It was a good experience when we tried their lunch buffet. I hope it remains the same and I am sure I will go back next time I'm in the mood of East Indian food.  I have compared this restaurant with another East Indian which is only 10 min. drive away, Surya . I don't even consider Royal India for comparison because that's a garbage restaurant ran by a phony!  There are 16 factors in the tables and Radjoot beats Surya with 3 score difference higher. I hope their business stays up and running and does go downhill. I also hope that they do not consider any unreasonable price increase. (Photo: In this table there are 16 factors which Radjoot (R.) and Surya (S.) restaurants are compared, based on