I spent most of the day hiking in Fish Creek Park. It's a huge natural area in south Calgary, 3,000 acres and 12 miles long. We've been there half a dozen times, but have only explored a few of the trails. This time we wanted to try some new ones.
At one point, I had taken a side trail through underbrush to get to the creek, where I wanted to photograph some cliffs. As I stood there, I heard a crashing in the bushes on the other side of the creek. I thought it was another hiker, but to my surprise a small deer ran out to the middle of the creek, then stopped stock-still when it spotted me. It paused for a minute before turning and running back the way it had come.
The day was hot, and by the time we had hiked for several hours I was exhausted. Apart from the heat and the hiking, I had hardly eaten all day and hadn't slept enough the night before. After we returned home, I napped for a while, but had to get up to return the DVD we had watched the night before (Catch Me If You Can -- recommended!).
In the evening, we went to dinner at a place called the Vintage Chophouse, which opened recently. We hadn't been there before, but had walked past it a few times. I was expecting casual dining, but it definitely wasn't that. I could feel the money draining from my wallet as the hostess led us to our table, past the fresh-cut arum lilies, leather upholstered booths, subdued lighting, and white linens. Once we were seated and had a chance to relax with a glass of wine, I adjusted my expectations and really enjoyed the evening. I had the rack of lamb, and for dessert a pear and pecan bread pudding. It was one of the best meals I've had in a while. The service was excellent, too.