Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 2011 Edmonton Trip

We took a trip to Edmonton earlier this month to visit our family and friends in the area, and enjoy some of the activities around the city. We made it a more leisurely trip by taking the drive in two parts each way, which is much easier on the kids and to be honest, on us as well. Our photo report follows -- Enjoy!

Travel: The Way There

Our first stop was at the Britton rest stop at the Coquihalla summit. The weather was great, and the kids enjoyed wandering around, picking flowers, rocks, and waving at cars.

We drove as far as Valemount where we stayed overnight. It's a cute town, amidst lovely mountains, and a place we found very relaxing to stay.

Andrew and William at a park.

Swimming in the pool!

The next morning we started the last part of our drive to Edmonton, with a stop in Jasper for lunch.

Riding the big horn statue in Jasper.

The Zoo

In Edmonton, we visited the Edmonton Valley Zoo, our second year in a row. Last year the kids were a bit young, and they enjoyed it a whole lot more this year.

On the train!

We met up with Auntie Sandi, and cousins Anna, Caleb, and Ethan, the last two who also rode the train.

Choo choo!

So, where are all the animal pictures? Sorry! You all know what animals look like already. Visit the zoo; We recommend it if you have kids and are in the area.


Ever since our visit at the beginning of the year, Charlotte has been talking about Galaxyland, so we made a return visit. She rode all the same rides as the first time, and a couple bigger ones too.

Excited to be back!

Charlotte on the forklift!

William riding the tractor!

Smiles all around when everyone's having fun.

Fun With The Family

Much fun was to be had with the family, and the kids really had a great time with everyone. The older they get, the more they can interact and really get to know their grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Four generations of Hoyers!

Oma Wilde with William.

Opa with William.

Omsie with Charlotte.

Charlotte's huge bubble bath!


We posted the big news in our last blog post about Natasha winning the "iReporter of the Month" for her storm photos that she took while we were in Edmonton. It was a well deserved prize, as she was up at 5:30am taking photos with her iPhone 4, and keeping at it until she had the perfect picture.

The bright orange sky before the storm.

The incoming thunderstorm.

Natasha's winning storm photo.

Travel: The Way Back

The trip back was as enjoyable as the trip there, and we stopped in Jasper for lunch once again.

Checking out the real train.

Our overnight stay was in Kamloops. I am always impressed by the scenery there, and it's somewhere we might have to visit more often in the future.

We're home now and back to our usual schedules. Keep watching for more adventure for the last half of 2011!

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5 Smart Remarks:

Anonymous Mom Hoyer said...

What a great vacation! Love all the photos!
They make such special memories!

Thanks for was a FUN 2 weeks!

2:16 PM  
Anonymous e. said...

Was great seeing you all again....lovely pics!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Lindsey Lea B said...

Hello, I don't know that we have met but your blog is on maria's and my husband and I were just in Edmonton a week ago! Phenomenal storm pictures! The one with the lightning had me staring for a while :) Beautiful!

8:35 AM  
Blogger MariaJoy said...

Looks like you had tons of fun!! Enjoyed the pics :)

6:08 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

Love the pics especially rthe one of Charlotte in the bathtub. :-)

11:49 AM  

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