Monthly Archives: January 2013


Julie and I had our Yellow Fever vaccinations done at the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Public Health offices on January 28, 2013.  Yellow Fever vaccine is required for entry into many countries we plan to visit.

We also picked up our medications for ‘Salmonella Typhi’.  It consists of 4 pills taken every second day. (‘Vivotif – Typhoid Vaccine Live Oral Attenuated Ty 21 a’)   This is a preventative measure against Typhoid Fever, which still affects over 17 million people worldwide, annually.

The cost was $216.00 each.  Hopefully, we will be reimbursed by our health insurance provider.

The complete maps and data regarding precautions and areas of concern, provided by AHS, is linked below;

Mexico Traveler Health Report

Mexico Traveler Maps

South America Traveler Health Report

South America Maps (very large file)



Ski trip to Jasper – January 14 – 17, 2013

Julie and I made a trip to Jasper to ski at Marmot Basin for 3 days.  The weather was mild but quitemount-edith-cavell windy.  Some of the upper lifts were closed on Thursday afternoon due to the high winds (reaching 100 kph) at the top. There was no new snow but the conditions were quite good.

There were great deals on hotels.  We stayed at the Lobstick for $58/night.  We used Hotwire to book the hotel on the day we left.  Also, we were there mid-week plus it is “Jasper in January” time.  Lift tickets are discounted in January and we have the Ski Marmot card.




Sun Peaks Vacation – December 31, 2012 – January 5, 2013

Our Christmas present to the family, again this year, was a family ski trip to Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops, BC.

We rented a condo for 4 days, 3 nights in the Crystal Forest development. It was a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom unit with, gas fireplace, private hot tub, and nearly ski-in, ski-out (a short walk was required).

sun-dogs-at-sun-peaksOur good friends Frank and Lola were staying nearby with their friends, Andries and Twiny, who own a beautiful home on the mountain.  We were all invited for dinner one evening at Andries and Twiny’s home and we had a great time.  They wined and dined us royally along with the very large group of family and friends they had staying with them.  Frank and Lola’s son and daughter were also staying nearby at Sun Peaks and dropped in after supper for a visit.

One morning, Julie and Melodie were also able to visit with Julie’s cousin, Ellen, who also owns a beautiful home at Sun Peaks.

On the way home, after our vacation, we stayed with Julie’s Aunt Lynne and Uncle Herb, at Sheridan Lake, BC.  Once again they spoiled us with food and entertainment.

A big thanks to all we had the privilege of visiting on the trip.  Your generosity is very much appreciated.