Family, Surprised Family, and Red Lobster

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Friday, September 5, 2014

Spent the morning with my brother, having breakfast at Ricki’s, talking, and getting a little drive around Okotoks. It’s really a lovely city, and the view of the mountains is breathtaking. Also managed to grab an unplanned geocache where we got the picture of the mountains.

Got on the road around Noon and decided to surprise my mother-in-law with a short visit. Caught her still in her pyjamas, hehehe. But she was glad to see us and I was glad to get the visit in.

Got back on the road around 1:00 pm, ready to cruise our way into Edmonton. The general traffic was astoundingly ridiculous and just as we seemed to be getting past the slowest contingent everybody came to a relative stand still. Nobody was able to pass anybody in either lane. It took nearly half an hour of painstaking progress to discover the cause: there was a police car at the head of the pack keeping everybody in check. Nobody wanted to pass him. When he finally turned off the highway traffic patterns on the QEII returned to blissful normalcy.

Upon arriving in Edmonton we met Andy for supper at Red Lobster. He was happy to see us, mostly to see Mom. Mom was happy to see him too. They’re so cute. They both ordered fish fillets, which looked really good and were really large portions. My biscuits (one of which was eaten on Dan’s behalf) were as good as ever, and the Caesar salad and seafood chowder were excellent. Unfortunately the lobster, scallops, and shrimp were not cooked through. So disappointed! That’s never happened to me before. They did reverse the charge for my entire meal, though, and were very apologetic. Meh.

Ended the night watching Draft Day with Mom and Andy. Surprisingly good movie! I was really entertained. And the number of notable actors that appeared was fun to recognize without checking Imdb.

Wildlife sightings: …

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