Friday, January 4, 2008

Show & Tell - {Canada Olympic Park}

I think this is my final installment of vacation pictures. 

We decided it would be fun to take the kids to see the museum and other things at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. 

As I've said, I am NOT a skier (I had to go look up how to spell that.  LOL).  However, DH and Harrison have both had a try at it and enjoyed it.  COP was where I tried skiing that one and only time, way back when it was only a ski hill and called Paskapoo.  ("That's fun to say!"  ~Elf)  In 1988, when the Winter Olympics were in Calgary, there were luge/bobsled tracks and a ski jump tower added and the name changed to Canada Olympic Park; and later on a museum was added as well.  Years ago I went to the museum as it was then, and took the tour up to the top of the ski jump tower.  The museum has since been expanded and we had hoped to see all of it plus take the tour, but time ran out on us.  Here is what we did see...

We briefly looked through the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum and I got this picture of my three American-born children on the "medal podium"

Don't they look thrilled?  LOL

Outside at the medal plaza, we had the kids pose as ski jumpers:

Then we drove around to the top of the hill and I got a few pictures of the ski jump tower:

(Having been up at the top of that thing looking down the ramp, I am here to tell you that it is scary!!!!! Ski jumpers are very brave!!!!)

The pictures of the bobsled track didn't turn out great, but here is one:

This is the observation tower and main building seen from the far side of the track.  There were skeleton (these people are nuts!!!!), luge and bobsleigh World Cup events going on during that week, and it turns out that about the time I was taking these pictures, the Womens bobsled races were taking place.  We did see the sleds go by, and there were plenty of TV crews and cameras in the area. 

Might as well finish off with the last of the pictures taken on the trip... We managed to get to one hockey game at the Saddledome, a Calgary Hitmen game.  Here are the boys watching intently:

Some scenery:

 (very different from the eastern States, huh?)

This is driving from Airdrie towards Calgary.  You can see the mountains on the horizon.  I never did get a good picture of the Calgary skyline but take my word for it - it is beautiful.  Or maybe I think so just because it's my hometown.

Here's my kids baking cookies with Gramma.

Kennady and Kaylee (my niece)

Kennady with her "Puckie" which is the souvenir she chose to bring home from her visit to Calgary:

And here we are on the airplane headed home.  Puckie helped Kennady eat her (very nutritious) breakfast, I guess.

So ends our vacation to Alberta, and today's edition of Show & Tell.  You can see more Show & Tells by heading over to CanadaGirl's blog.


blessedwith2angels said...

That looks like so much fun. I have never been skiing. (Where we live everything shuts down if we get a few flurries. Our county just bought one snow plow.)

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing!


jenn4him said...

Looks like you had a very nice vacation.


bakerswife said...

I very impressed with Calgary! Thank you for sharing your photos.

Blessings, Mama Karen

MayTheyBeMightyMen said...

Wow! That looks like it would be a ton of fun to see. Never got to see anything like that when we went on a vacation!


My dad's idea of sightseeing: park a couple miles away from Mount Rushmore, get out, look, take pictures, and move on to the next attraction. *lol*

DaddysCHicks said...

So much fun! Thanks for sharing . . .


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your pics - I saw the Olympics on TV, but didn't really have a concept of the sheer scale of those jumps. I certainly have a new appreciation for those jumpers now!



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CrossView said...

I've done a lot of water skiing but never snow. And seeing those jump thingies? I have no desire to... That looks scary! =/

All your pics make me want to say "Eh"! LOL!

Canadagirl said...

You did a GREAT job showing off Canada ! [0= I haven't made it off to Calgary yet. ((blush)) I would love to see it. I remember watching those olympics on TV. We are only 6 hours away from Calgary. If your there again let me know. Maybe I can get hubby to take a vacation. [0=

Blessings and ((hugs)) my SSiC

In Him<><


Haflingerhorses said...

That looks like a fun vacation. Cold, but fun!


withHim4ever said...

I finally was able to open your blog, not sure what's up with HSB.

Very neat pictures, it seems like a place I would like to visit.

Blessings on your day,


Sandpiper said...

I have enjoyed browsing your holiday photos. We have family in Calgary and a have made the drive through the Rockies(from BC) and I love the scenery and the wildlife! Your pictures are beautiful!

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