We decided to take a hike at the John Janzen Nature Centre in Edmonton the first morning after we arrived since it was supposed to be best weather for the whole week. After parking, we walked over to an underpass and climbed up to an odd looking pile of silver balls. We had no idea what this rather large structure might be, other than that it was a piece of urban art. We asked a passerby and was told it was called the Talus Dome (although there were no signs anywhere near the installation).
On later Google searching, we found that it was erected a few years ago as a publicly funded art piece ($600,000!) to much praise and much criticism. A talus is apparently a pile of rocks that collects at the bottom of a cliff and such a pile evidently results in a very specific geometric pattern (the angle of the sides is characteristic). OK. But these are silver balls. What gives?
I was never quite able to find an answer to that burning question, but I did find out that these were made of hollow stainless steel and that they were polished deliberately to generate a mirror-like finish to reflect the surrounding landscape (and hikers). They may have been described by others as the droppings of a very large silver rabbit, but they were still a cool find.
|Reflected multiple selfie|
|Boat on the North Saskatchewan River|
|The happy couple the night before the wedding|
While we were away, Parker turned 14. He went with his brother to his grandparent's for pizza, and this is one of the presents he received from them. We got him an android tablet the week before, and he has been playing with it constantly. My guess is that it was probably sitting right behind him while he was modelling the new hoodie below.
Wendy and I were able to take a day of shopping at the West Edmonton Mall. Didn't buy much but the mall is mostly for looking around anyways. Here is Wendy at the seal show in one of the many phases of the mall.
|Wendy at the West Edmonton Mall|
|West Edmonton Mall pirate ship|
|Getting my nose "beeped" by a great niece|
|Wendy and the happy couple|
|Apparently this is my nephew's first ever selfie!|
|Wendy blowing bubbles|
|The whole clan|
To end off the week, Stanley arrived back from China and came to our house only a few hours after we arrived home from Alberta. After what felt like a very short long weekend, we prepared for the onslaught of the September rush. We found out that Stanley (grade 12) and Parker (grade 9) get to go to the same school site (the old Parkside high school), but they don't qualify for the school bus. Hopefully that will get fixed in the coming weeks. Adam went to Mohawk College for orientation and will start classes tomorrow. I will start teaching my 194 first year students on Thursday, but met with the 10 TA's for my course today.
Maybe next week I should take a vacation...