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Little Blog - Week 8

by Neil Little I Philadelphia Flyers Scout / Philadelphia Flyers

PART 8: Winter West

Hey Flyers fans...
Winter driving is not for the faint of heart!

It was back to the West Coast for me this past week, with stops in Kelowna, Kamloops, Calgary, and Red Deer. 

The first of the games was set in Kelowna, BC, where I was joined by my old teammate and good friend Mark Grieg (Mark covers the West coast for the Flyers), along with Todd Hearty (our Eastern scout, and all around great guy). 

Winter has set in north of the border, which makes for cautious driving between games. 

Although the daylight scenery is spectacular amongst the winding roads that cut through the Rocky Mountains, night driving becomes a harrowing task, with whipping snowy winds, and low set fog that test even the most veteran of winter drivers. 

Slow and steady is always the best course of action. 

The city of Kamloops is a welcome sight, vibrant and bustling with Holiday lights, and eager shoppers.  

Former Flyer great, Mark Recchi, is one of the owners of the Kamloops team, which has a storied, and remarkable reputation as a premier Junior club. 

High above the Rock Mountains, on my way to Kelowna.

Onwards to Calgary, Alberta, where I have a few hours to celebrate my son Nick's 23rd birthday (along with my moms, niece Hannah, and my own December birthday), before the drive north to Red Deer for an evening game. 

I spend so much time away from my family that I really treasure these brief, but happy get-togethers!

Myself, niece Lexi, Nick, and Hannah posing
for a birthday pic.
 At this very time last year, I flew to Australia to join Nick and my mom for the conclusion of Nick's remarkable bicycle trek across a good portion of the country. 

Nick pedaled his way from Melbourne to Cairns (approx 3500km) for Mo-vember and cancer awareness. 

Mom volunteered as the driver of the 'support van/traveling hotel', and took on the job of cook, masseuse, and motivator. 

During my short week with them I tried to break up the grueling schedule by taking them both on some nice Australian adventures. 

The Northeast coast of Australia is spectacular, and the only place in the world where two of the Natural World Wonders combine.

(this being the oldest natural rainforest in the world, and the Great Barrier Reef). 

Among our adventures was a Christmas morning boat ride out to the GB Reef, where we snorkeled with some beautiful marine life, and dodged a couple of sleek, menacing, but fortunately for us, uninterested sharks! 

Wallaman Falls, Australia… 300 meter waterfall in the Girringun National Park

I wish the very best of health, and happiness, to all of you this Holiday Season!  Have a wonderful time with friends and family.  Until next time...
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