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Thread: Road Trip to Calgary
09-24-2011, 09:01 PM #69
Driving out of Calgary towards the Rockies
09-24-2011, 09:04 PM #70
At Lake Louise
09-24-2011, 09:07 PM #71
Moraine Lake portion
09-24-2011, 09:09 PM #72
Johnston Canyon leg
09-24-2011, 10:20 PM #73
Wow. That's just beautiful!
09-24-2011, 10:54 PM #74
What's my beef?
Angus... prime rib.
After dropping one of our cohorts off, the remainder of the group met up for dinner at the Smuggler's Inn. KKLam had eaten there before and remembered it to be pretty good.
The place is so popular they don't take reservations. And so it was the case; there were no tables left so we sat 6 abreast at the bar. The order 3 x 15 oz prime rib, 1 x 12 oz prime rib, 1 x New York, 1 x seafood (not a beef eater). All the steaks were medium-rare, juicy and tender. Add to that a free salad and soup bar and there was a lot of food to be eaten.
KKLam gobbled down his 15 ouncer like a hungry dog. Dick and KKBird comfortably finished their 12 ouncers. I barely completed by job. 15 oz was almost too much to handle. Ron, however, succumbed to the meat.
We were watching World Cup Rugby and the CFL (BC v Calgary) on the large screen in front of us when the bartender informed us the Calgary quarterback, Henry Burris, would be bringing his linemen for dinner here in a couple of weeks. The last time, the big boys ordered 64 oz steaks and most finished them! Imagine the thickness of one of 'em. Henry only orders 24 oz... wimp!
With our bellies full and appetites sated, we rolled (literally) in Sunridge, not sure if we should just pack it in.
09-24-2011, 10:56 PM #75
Dinner at Smuggler's Inn
09-25-2011, 06:33 PM #76
Day 2 Evening session was a low key affair. KKBird and Mrs KKBird decided to sit it out. I don't even know why I bothered as I felt I was carrying half a cow on the court. We all went relatively easy to try to work off the massive dinner. The place was pretty empty so it felt like we had it all to ourselves.
Last edited by madbad; 09-25-2011 at 06:37 PM.
09-26-2011, 01:14 AM #77
After playing we all relaxed with a few beers and, would you believe it, more food. We presented Richard's wife a gift and he promptly snatched the bag off her, believing it suited him better. We watched the China Masters till 3:20am, which finally concluded a long and busy day.
09-26-2011, 01:31 AM #78
We all woke up a little later after the late night. After sitting around drinking coffee, we headed for "The Forbidden City" restaurant for Dim Sum. At 11:00am, the place was already filling up rapidly. The food was decent. At the conclusion of the meal, Richard tricked us by paying behind our backs. The usual arguing over who pays ensued but we didn't win the argument this time.
Back at Sunridge, we got changed into our badminton gear for the afternoon session. Richard introduced to some young and fast players, which proved to be more than a match for our aging bodies. I forgot to take pics of this session, which may be just as well, as it would have shown us picking up shuttles off the floor.
Speaking of shuttles, due to the dry nature of Calgary, shuttles had to be constantly steamed to keep them from disintegrating. That didn't seem to help much as shuttles fell apart at an alarming rate. No wonder plastic is the king in Calgary.
Slowly but surely, one by one of us fell by the wayside. We had planned on a late dinner but it was looking like this wasn't necessary. By 7:30pm we were all at the local Red Lobster waiting to be seated. Endless Shrimp was the order of the evening and a few of us piled it on until closing time (10:00pm). Once again Richard tried to pull a fast one on us, shamelessly sending his wife to do the paying. This time we managed to reverse the charges and eventually got the bill settled to our satisfaction.
09-26-2011, 01:36 AM #79
I want to mention I had a very nice chat with BC member nbonkowsky while at Sunridge. He's a very nice chap who's also a very talented player.
Finally, cooler (yes, cooler) returned my call this morning at 1:00am while I was watching the Japan Open final. We chatted for about 20 mins; it was a pity we didn't connect in Calgary. Maybe next time.
09-26-2011, 01:42 AM #80
I totally missed all the actions! Thanks to Madbad for sharing the full story with us. Next time . . . .
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09-26-2011, 01:42 AM #81
you have to do this again next time i am in town!!!! absolutely funtastic!
09-26-2011, 05:51 PM #82
Great blog and great photos Madbad, we had a really good time.
09-26-2011, 07:05 PM #83
Before this thread dies off, I would like to thank Richard for being such an amazing host and making us feel like pampered guests. It was too bad he had shoulder problems and couldn't play with us.
Also my 6 compatriots who came along on the trip and made it so fun to hang out with, thank you! A special thanks goes out to KKBird who volunteered tackle the long drive. You'll be the first ones I call when I plan the next one. Of course an invitation is always open to kwun if he can find a way to join us. PeteLSD and Winex, you guys missed a great time; don't miss the next one!
09-26-2011, 08:00 PM #84
Yes, I would have gone if not for family obligations Oh well, next time...
Yeah, I was wondering why Richard wasn't playing...did nbonkowsky not played with you guys?
KKLam had a lot of fun and I guess you did overworked your sprained ankle and not showed up for the fun night but instead brought in a "ringer"
09-26-2011, 09:22 PM #85
I missed a good one ..........
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