My 31 Days of Edmonton – week 2

I’m participating in The Local Good’s 31 Days of Yeg this month. Everyday I share something about my experiences in Edmonton in a tweet with the hashtag #31daysofYEG.

The Local Good encouraging us to buy local
The Local Good encouraging us to buy local

In true self-directed learner fashion I’ve hacked the rules a little bit – I am casting my net a little wider than the 31 choices suggested by Local Good. Here is a summary of my first week, and the Local Good’s archive of the first week. I am enjoying reading all of the stories about Edmonton from other participants.

Here is how I spent my second week.

July 7

On July 7th my youngest daughter Paris celebrated her 12th birthday at Launchpad Trampoline. I had been to launchpad twice before to chauffeur the kids, but I had never spent any time inside. It’s a smart set up, comfy chairs for the parents and many different trampoline set ups for the kids to play on. The girls had a great time.

 July 7th Tweet for 31 Days of Yeg
July 7th Tweet for 31 Days of Yeg

July 8

On July 8th I shared a photo of Frank weeding the Lettucine wheel. Unfortunately the photo ended up sideways in the tweet, something Twitter for iPad has started doing to some of my photos lately.

Frank weeding the "lettucine wheel
Frank weeding the “lettucine wheel”

July 9

On July 9th I shared a photo of the neon Roxy sign against the evening sky. I took it while walking along 124 Street, on my way home from an excellent dinner at Tiramisu.

The Roxy
The Roxy

July 10

On July 10th I shared a photo of storm clouds gathering over my neighbour’s house. There was so much energy in the air but the storm I was anticipating never did materialize, eventually the winds died down.

Watching a storm roll in
Watching a storm roll in

July 11

On July 11th Jasmine and I climbed the stairs to the Talus Dome and explored how the reflections dance as you move around it. I learned more about it on the City of Edmonton website The History of the Talus Dome.

The Talus Dome
The Talus Dome

We then climbed down to the riverside below the dome, under Whitemud Drive and chatted with the fishermen that we met there. I was surprised to learn that there are 35 species of fish in the North Saskatchewan. I saw a photo of the 35 pound sturgeon they had caught before I got there, too bad the fish are too polluted to eat. This was challenge #11 from the Local Good: “Meet a stranger today — say hi to someone you don’t know and learn about them.”

Fishing under the Whitmud
Fishing under the Whitmud

July 12

On July 12th instead of stumping local plant expert Robert Rogers with a wild flower to identify I tweeted a photo of the caterpillers in my plum tree and asked him what to do about them. I didn’t expect him to respond since it didn’t look like he had a Twitter account, but I tried it anyway because it was The Local Good’ s challenge #17.

He didn’t reply but @DebMerriam retweeted it to #yeggarden (a hashtag I didn’t know about) and suggested I try a horticultural oil spray.

Conversation about the caterpillars in my plum tree
Conversation about the caterpillars in my plum tree

I also shared a photo of the beautiful full moon as it was rising over the trees in my backyard. I noticed beautiful full moon photos from around the world in my Twitter feed after I sent it out. My favourite was Verena Robert’s photo from the Calgary Stampede.

Full moon Rising
Full moon Rising

July 13

On July 13th Tom and I had an adventure that started with a ride across the High Level Bridge on the Historic Street Car.

The Historic Streetcar and the Legislature
The Historic Streetcar and the Legislature

The Sourdough Boat Races were taking place and the train conductor pointed the rafts out on the North Saskatchewan River below us. I had never heard of the boat races before but I guess they have been taking place for 55 years; we’ll have to check them out next year.
The Sourdough Boat Races
After disembarking from the street car in Old Strathcona we walked among the artists set up along Whyte Avenue for their annual Art Walk.

Whyte Avenue Art Walk
Whyte Avenue Art Walk

It was a sunny 30 degree afternoon and we were scorched, even on the shady side of the street so we stopped for a beer on a patio before walking back across the High Level Bridge and heading home. Next year we’ll have to take the girls, our resident artists, to the Art Walk with us.

Riding the streetcar was challenge #19 from the Local Good, the rest of the adventures were a bonus!

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