Month: April 2010

Quote from the Upanishads

“As one acts and conducts himself, so does he become. The doer of good becomes good. The doer of evil becomes evil. One becomes virtuous by virtuous action, bad by bad action.”

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Calgary Farmer’s Market

calgary farmer's market

At Richardson Way SW and Richard Rd SW.  I’m exploring and cycled to the Calgary Farmer’s Market on a recent sunny Sunday.  Great place to get your organic foods – meats, vegetables, fruit and a lot of the bakeries will let you have a small taste of their wares.  You can get lunch or a snack if you need a break while you are shopping. 

Someday organic foods will be cheaper than the alternative – I hope!

If you want something a little more, just across from the market is the Wild Rose Brewery. Sit outside and have lunch and a brew.  At the other end of that building is the wine store. 

Both buildings are on the former grounds of Currie Barracks – used to be the home of the Canadian Forces in Calgary – they kept their aircraft there.

More about the Calgary Famer’s Market here.

Addendum(May 2011) – This market has closed down – see our entry on one of the new markets – MacLead Trail just south of Glenmore.

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Tessa Jones Music

My niece Tessa has an absolutely beautiful voice and is an equally talented songwriter.  Check out some of her songs at


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Coffee and coffee shops in Calgary

railway cafe coffee shop calgary

I’m not much for Tim Horton’s coffee though I will have one from Starbucks in a pinch.  I prefer stronger coffees generally – I’ll drink an espresso or a cappuccino normally.  If we have a day off and we are out and about, we like to visit one of the many good coffee houses in the Calgary area.  On our bike ride the other day we decided to stop at Heritage Village on the east end of the Glenmore Reservoir.  They didn’t have any espresso so I opted for the regular coffee.  I was amazed how good it was.  It was strong enough but so that the strength of the coffee wasn’t everything – with great flavor.  We asked what kind of coffee it was but weren’t told… hrmpf!  It really was one of the best coffees that I’ve had in a coffee shop – would love to have it at home.  You can see more about the Railroad Cafe at

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Cycling around Glenmore Reservoir

railway cafe calgary, coffee shop

We both had the day off on Monday. I’d been getting out on the bike more so we thought that we’d spend the afternoon and go for a good ride around the Reservoir and then some.  Usually, when we go out during the week, there are not that many people about.  As this is the first really nice weather that we’ve been having, the trails were quite busy with hikers, walkers, roller bladers and cyclists.  We started at the west end and rode around the top for a bit then went down the hill at the west end and along the trail on the south side of the lake. Too many people to see much wildlife but it certainly was a great day. 

We stopped for a coffee at Heritage Village on the east end, got a coffee at the Railway Cafe.  Sat outside and enjoyed it.  And enjoy it we did!  They didn’t have any espresso, so I had to have regular coffee – was the best coffee I’ve had in a long time.  This is a coffee shop that I would certainly recommend.  And it is a great place to stop if you are heading back.  Many people will do this because if you try and completely circle the reservoir, you have to go through some residential areas. It is a pretty easy ride – depending on your fitness level you may only have to walk a few short hills:) 

We went further up through River Park and eventually exited at 38th coming back west and home.  All in all about a 30 km ride.

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Cycling at altitude

raleigh bicycles

I’ve lived most of my life at sea level.  Or close to it.  Now I’m living at a little over an altitude of 3000 feet.  And there are many more hills in Calgary than there are in Tampa Bay.  At first I thought I was just a lot more out of shape than I really am.  The level ground has not been too bad but the hills kill me.

I did a little research to see if there would be that much difference in oxygen in the air at 3000 plus feet.  It is not a lot but somewhere between 10 and 12 percent less oxygen.  I’m not sure that it is actually less oxygen or the air pressure at higher altitudes make it ‘effectively’ less.  I did some research and found one site with a chart that gives some pretty interesting data on altitude vs oxygen.

In addition, is that fact that in Florida I didn’t get to work that many hills.  A few bridges and that is about it.  The plus is that next time I ride in Florida it should be very easy.

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Brave Rocco Mikayla


A few weeks ago we did a photoshoot in sub zero weather.  We had been trying to get together for a few weeks and had set up the time with some good locations but that day the temperature plummeted.  Calgary is like that – if you don’t like the season – wait a few hours.

In and out of the car to many times to count in such cold weather and still to get such great shots:  She has professional written all over her.  And has made herself look relaxed even though incredibly cold.

Contact at: rockorman   @

Thanks for a great shoot.

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Healthy Diet or just Healthy

I hear of friends constantly going on various diets to lose weight.  This diet, that diet and many people that I’ve known over the years go on diets and lose the weight and a couple of years later they are on a diet to lose the weight again.  Certain diets, I believe, will help you lose the weight but through the body off so that it ‘needs’ to put the weight back on again later.  And not all diets work for everyone as there are so many different people and body types. 

My belief is that it is the wrong thing to go for anyway – the losing weight thing.  I think that a person should aim for being healthy and one of the results of that would be one achieving an optimum weight.  And if the weight is not absolutely perfect and you are healthy then, so what? 

So, what would be a healthy lifestyle?  Spending two hours in the gym six days a week?  Maybe for some that love that intensity of workouts then yes but for most people that have not really exercised and eaten well most of their lives this would probably last about five minutes. 

There are a couple of things that one must do when making a change to a healthier lifestyle.  First thing is to figure out what would be a healthier lifestyle for you.  Another is that you shouldn’t change everything at once.  For some few this may work but most people that have got some pretty ingrained habits it likely won’t work. 

Two things that are a must though, are: 1. more physical activity and 2. changing what you eat.  Whatever you are doing now isn’t working.  Generally, many people that go on a diet and lose the weight will promptly go back to what they were doing before – that wasn’t working!

I have a friend that was about 80 pounds overweight.  He was drinking huge amounts of soda.  The first thing that he did when he decided to lose weight was to stop drinking the cokes.  This alone started him dropping pounds.  Without any exercise.  He was also interested in becoming more fit so he incorporated an exercise routine into his week as well.

Another person told me that she didn’t have lots of time with her kids and all but did little things to help herself.  One of these was to park as far as she could in the parking lot so that she was at least walking a bit when she went grocery shopping.  If you think this will cost you time – I don’t think so – most people drive around twice as long looking for a spot close to the store just so they don’t have to walk. 

Just changing one thing like above and deciding to live that way could keep you healthy.  The fellow that cut out the soda will probably not get diabetes now and the girl who walks to the store from the back of the parking lot will likely have better circulation and lessen her chances of getting varicose veins.

Once you have done one thing like this add another.  Take a lunch to work instead of getting that slice of pizza.  Even if it is a few times a week. Get creative with your lunches.  Then take your lunch with you to the park on the nice days instead of just walking to the lunch room.  You are going for healthy remember – not just losing weight.  You will find that if you can keep that one thing going for a few weeks it will become more comfortable and part of your life.

Go for increased health and you will find that you start doing things that will take the weight off.  It will be a byproduct of getting healthier.


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Hiking Prairie Creek Trail at Elbow Falls near Calgary Alberta

prairie trail elbow falls

A week ago Saturday Yvonne and I went hiking on Prairie Trail and Powderface Trail at Elbow Falls.  Apparently the section we hiked was about 12.6 km.  The hike we did is in three sections.  You can see more photos and a topographical map here: Hiking Alberta

(The first photo is looking back along Prairie Trail about half way along the first leg.)

prairie trail elbow fallsWe had hiked about a third of the Prairie Creek Trail a few weeks ago and liked it so we thought we’d try the loop.  The first leg is about 6 km.  We were expecting it to be much shorter so it seemed longer.  The sun is coming in from the south and you are on a southern slope most of this section of the walk – in the cooler weather this was nice.  Most of the snow and ice was gone after the first bridge.  You have good views up the valley and there are several beautiful meadows through the last leg of that leg of the hike.  About 6 km in you hit Powderface Link. 

(The second photo is a couple of hundred yards before getting to the turn off for the second leg over the pass.)

prairie trail elbow falls

prairie trail elbow falls
There are a couple of bridges then another beautiful meadow – great place to stop and have a break or picnic.  One can go on to the longer loop but that is over 20 km total and we didn’t have the time (or the energy).  The Powderface Link was the toughest part for us as it is about 3 km – you are going over a small pass so entirely half is uphill and second half is downhill.  Problem was that our uphill climb was on the northern side and covered with snow and ice – made uphill hiking very slippery.  It is very closed in as well – not much to see as far as views of the mountains etc.

(The third photo is looking up the climb over the Link.  Not that high but slippery.)

I enjoyed the walk but next time I will go back along Prairie Trail – the same way we go in – instead of crossing the pass – it is more open and I found it much more pleasant as far as views.  The last leg is about another 3 km and is pretty flat – a few small hills – and quick. 

(The last photo is at the beginning of the last 3 km or so at the junction of the pass and the Powderface hike back to the road.)

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Ray from CalTack

ray from caltack

I was working at the Royal Winter Fair in Brandon Manitoba last week.  Great show if you are ever in the area at the right time.  I met Ray there – he was working at his booth and staying at the same hotel as we were so I got to chat with him a bit.  He sells leather tack as you can see…You will be able to see the website soon at: CalTack: Custom Leather Tack Works – 

Ray really knows his leather and is keen, industrious and friendly – the kind of person that I like.  He lives in Calgary, so, if you need any supplies at all give him a call or go visit his store.  The store is a little south east of the Chinook Center at Bay #5 – 6923 Farrell Road SE, Calgary.

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