July 23, 2016
Double deck train

We invited the neighbour kids to go for a Pokémon walk down to Dow's lake. Turns out there was a triathlon today so we enjoyed watching the elite women cycle around the lake and then transition to running. Elizabeth immediately decided she might like to do a triathlon after all. We were all particularly impressed to see the athletes leap out of their attached bike shoes and run in their sock feet to their running shoes. The winner started a minute behind the leaders after the bike race but managed to catch up and pass everyone else by the 5km mark. Elizabeth and Simon were inspired to do a little running themselves.



When I asked the kids what they wanted to do this summer, one of their requests was to go for a ride on the train and a double-decker bus.


So when Elizabeth and Matthew decided they wanted to go shopping to spend some of their allowance, I suggested that we take public transit.


Mila and Simon were playing with our kids in the sandbox when it was time to leave, which is how I ended up bringing four kids on three buses and one o-train (Simon stayed home, with promises to bring him a souvenir).


We rode the train to South Keys, captured five Pokémon just hanging around at the entrance to the transitway, bought yogurt drinks, Cheesies, squeezable applesauce, four kinder eggs and three hot wheels cars and then headed to Billings in the hopes of locating a water gun. Unfortunately we arrived after closing. The kids all vowed that if they were in charge, stores would stay open later on Saturdays. I will remind them of this if they ever work retail! All was not lost, as we went to the pet store to ogle the animals and rode up and down the escalators. The mood couldn't stay glum though, as we got to eat Cheesies at the back of the top level of a double-decker bus.


Lots of rather jaded transit riders couldn't help but smile at the kids who were SO EXCITED to be on the bus.


We happened to get off near a Shoppers, so we went in. Elizabeth and Mila bought stuffies and Matthew found a water gun. We walked home tired but happy.

On August 26, 2016 at 01:47 am
Grandma H said:
a ride on the train and the Double Decker bus, oh, my!

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