Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Saskatchewan Summer Highlights

Although summer isn't officially over for a few more weeks, something about the Labour Day weekend and seeing all the kids heading back to school seems like the turning point from summer to fall.

So even though there are 16 more days of summer to squeeze in, here are some of the highlights from my first summer in Saskatchewan...

1.  Yellow Fender birthday cake.  This cake is seriously life-changing, I kid you not.  It's the most deliciously moist cake I've EVER had. Josh and I were lucky enough to sample both their chocolate/strawberry and vanilla versions.  We had the cake below for Bev's birthday at the lake.  Simply divine.

2.  Taste of Saskatchewan.  We hit up this great food festival and chowed down on chorizo sliders, pad Thai and deep fried banana.  Food seems to be a common theme in my life.  It's a wonder I'm not 300 lbs.  We have Mike and Czarina to thank for introducing us to this smorgasbord of deliciousness.  The highlight of the night was watching Josh and Mike duke it out with large q-tip-like batons.

Mike's power of levitation.

3. Photography class @ Kenderdine Campus.  I actually had a love/hate relationship with my one-week photography course at Emma Lake.  I got to shoot some beautiful scenery and learned so much about photography, but 4:30 am is an ungodly hour to rise at.  Even more so when it's six days in a row. 

One night I played hooky and went on a self-guided paddle boat tour of the lake with Josh where we terrorized this family of ducks in order to get a few good photos.  I'd say it was worth it.

4. Jenn & Travis' wedding.  We travelled with my parents to Medicine Hat to see Jenn and Travis exchange vows.  It was a beautiful wedding on Travis' family's farm and a great opportunity to catch up with the whole family. 

5. Mom & Dad's visit.   After the wedding mom and dad stayed with us in Saskatoon for a few days.  We had our very first trip to the Berry Barn, had a great lunch at Souleio, a fabulous dinner at Bliss and even squeezed in a BBQ on the back patio. 

There are also a few highlights for which I have no pictures.  We really enjoyed seeing both Love's Labour's Lost and A Winter's Tale at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan.  Another great play we caught was Jasper Station at the Rosthern Station Arts Centre.   We saw fantastic Canada Day and Labour Day fireworks at Emma Lake, and during the Labour Day fireworks I saw the Northern Lights for the very first time - a very cool, yet ghostly sight.

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