The Badlands - Spring Break Road Trip

I wanted to plan a fun activity with my littles for Spring Break, my boys have been loving dinosaurs lately and they are all interested in fossils and minerals so planning a spring break road trip to Drumheller was an easy choice.  I remember the fascination I felt as a kid exploring the Hoodoos and the museum and I wanted my own littles to feel the same.  Day one we explored the Royal Tyrrell Museum ... the kids were in awe of all the large scale dinosaurs!

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We also checked out Fossil World, was the kids favourite of all!  They dug for fossils and mined for crystals the best part being they were able to keep a few as souvenirs.  The huge mechanical moving T-Rex was a hit.. well maybe not for Jordan, he kept his distance!

Of course a stop at the worlds largest Dinosaur was in order.. they thought it was so cool to be standing in the mouth of the dinosaur and looking out over the town of Drumheller.

Being this was the kids first hotel stay since they were babies, the mandatory bed jumping was in order.  We spent hours in the pool and on the waterside and enjoyed an early evening of movies and popcorn in bed!  

Day Two. The Hoodoos!! personally they were my favourite to explore, and the boys enjoyed adventuring through the little tunnels and hiking up the hillside.  

On our way home we made a stop at the spectacular Horseshoe Canyon.  Carefully making our way down the steep hillside into the canyon, we ventured the trails and built inukshuks ate our picnic lunch before heading out. Dumheller was a perfect little place to visit with so many activities and places to visit during our spring break, we can't wait to go back!

Abraham Lake and Hiking to Issacs

Nordegg is one of our favourite quick mountain getaways.  A couple days after Christmas, we decided to pack up and enjoy a few days of sunshine, outdoor fun in the mountains.  Our first day we spent relaxing along the lake edge of Abraham Lake.  Us adults enjoyed our hot coffee around a fire while the kids, explored, collected rocks, gathered ice chunks. Of course we left our mark with an inushkuk.  That evening stayed at the Shunda Creek Hostel, a rustic log cabin with wood burning stove nestled in the trees.  To our surprise we had the place to ourselves; the kids enjoyed the toys, board games and of course triple bunk beds.

After a good nights sleep we awoke to find the temperature dropped considerably overnight.  We decided to enjoy our coffee and games by the wood stove by waiting for the sun to rise. At a mere -27 degrees Celsius, we bundled up and began out 2km hike to Issacs.  Levi and I had the intentions of ice climbing but upon arriving to the waterfall the wind picked up and the kids began to get cold.  There were tears and crying.. Dad quickly made a fire to warm up while we ate lunch, then we packed up and hiked out on the frozen creek bed back to the parking lot.  I am impressed my littles made the hike despite the cold weather; I feel fortunate they love to explore and adventure!

Off The Grid 2015. An Ellis Wilderness Adventure.

16 days. Living in an outfitter tent amongst the mountains off of Cutoff Creek southwest of Rocky Mtn. House. No running water. No electricity. No electronics (except my camera and Levi's cell phone for photos and some music). We unplugged. We explored. We hiked. We played. We swam. We ate very well. We napped. We read. We worked. We learned. We loved. We connected. We would do it all over again!