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2002 - With the Skyline Hikers

The flight to Calgary {start}

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02-07-27 - Westering via Westjet from Hamilton. We do all the booking for this trip ourselves, mostly on the Internet and by long-distance telephone: airline tickets, hotels and rental cars. The Skyline Hikers of the Canadian rockies have already been paid their fee for tenting and food expenses at this year's base camp. So when we arrive at Hamilton airport with no tickets, they ask only for identification.

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02-07-27 p3 - Sault Ste. Marie, from 37,000 ft.

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02-07-27 - Parks Canada Adminstration building, Banff At Calgary we catch an airport transporter to Banff and are soon installed in our hotel. It's still early enough for a preliminary walk round town.

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02-07-27 - Mt. Rundle from Cascade Gardens, Banff

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02-07-27 - Cascade Gardens Cascade Gardens are Located behind the Parks Canada Administrative building.

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02-07-27 - Banff Avenue, looking north Looking back into Banff from the front lawn of the Parks Canada Admin. building.

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02-07-28 p3 - Banff townsite, from Sulphur Mountain Our first whole day in Banff is devoted to exploring the town and surroundings. We're scheduled for an orientation meeting in the evening with the Skyline Hikers, so we decide to walk up Sulphur Mountain to get in shape. This turns out to be more of a challenge than we expected, a little like climbing Shira Cathedral on our Kilimanjaro "rest day".

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02-07-28 - Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain Sanson Peak is 7,449ft., but the trail is easy going under foot. We fudge a little and take this gondola on the descent. If you walk up, you get a free ride down.

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02-07-28 - Sanson Peak observatory The observatory is located at the north end of Sulphur Mt. ridge.

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02-07-28 - Sanson Peak observatory Quoting from an internet source: "The peak is named after Norman Sanson who was the curator and meteorologist for the Banff Park Museum. One of his duties was to climb up the mountain to the observatory to record weather data. He logged over 1000 trips the last of which was in 1945."

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02-07-28 - Mt. Rundle Is Mt. Rundle next on our list of mountains easily accessible from Banff?

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02-07-28 - Banff hot springs Your reward for ascending Sanson Peak is the gondola ride down, followed by a dip in the hot springs pool. At certain seasons, there's very little natural hot water and they have to supply artificial heat.

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02-07-28 - The Rimrock Hotel The Rimrock, looking like a pretty good CPR hotel imitation, is situated just below the hot springs pool. Cascade Mountain is in the background. Tonight at the more modest "YMCA", we'll meet the other hikers and hand over our heavier luggage, limited to two duffel bags each.

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02-07-29 - We begin our hike. Day 1 with the Skyline Hikers. After a long bus ride up into the mountains behind Canmore, we unload at the Shark Mountain parking lot and hoist our daypacks. The trip to base camp will be about 16 kilometers.

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02-07-29 - Pack horses returning from base camp. Our heavier luggage already went up yesterday on these same horses. That's Merle on the right side of the trail trying to avoid getting hoofprints on her new red jacket.

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02-07-29 - Big Springs, emptying into Bryant Creek At Big Springs, a river gushes out of the mountainside. This is our lunchstop on the way to camp, first day out.

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02-07-29 - Bryant Creek ranger station At Bryant Creek ranger station we refresh ourselves at a Polynesian idol fountain: Parks Canada has a sense of humour. Sort of.

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02-07-29 - The Doctor does a little surgery. *Our hiking group has its own humourists. The camp doctor does a little surgery, re-attaching the idol's horn.

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02-07-29 - Our base camp, Bryant Creek That thin white line of tents under the shadow of Gibraltar Rock is our home for the next five nights. The camp is located on the bank of Bryant Creek.

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02-07-29 - Dining tent, Bryant Creek Some aeronautical tourist flying overhead complained about a "carnival tent" desecrating the mountain meadows. In response to Parks Canada pressure, the Skyline Hikers covered it in camouflage netting.

2002 Skyline Hikers - Cave Mtn.{#1}

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02-07-30 p1 - Dawn, Bryant Creek camp Up early for breakfast and gather round afterwards to decide which of several hike options to choose. We select a mid-range level of difficulty: a climb up Cave mountain.

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- Sunrise creeps down the mountainside.

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- Sunrise creeps down the mountainside.

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- Sunrise creeps down the mountainside.

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- Sunrise creeps down the mountainside.

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02-07-30 - On the trail to Cave Mountain

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02-07-30 - Morning light

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02-07-30 - Mounds caused by frost heaves

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02-07-30 - A better view of Mt. Assiniboine. We take most of the morning following woodsy trails and bushwhacking to get to the flanks of Cave Mountian. I'm gratified to get a sighting of Mt. Assiniboine, but unfortunately the tip of the peak is hidden in cloud.

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02-07-30 - Ascending Cave Mountain We continue to toil upward through flower meadows, just breaking into bloom.

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02-07-30 - Nearing the top of Cave Mountain Soon the flowery fields give way to open areas of small stones. Somewhere near this point you begin to feel the excitement of higher altitudes, a fine day, beautiful cloud effects, and a vision that encompasses vast distances.

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02-07-30 - A flare for catching clouds, Mt. A.

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02-08-01 - Mt. Assiniboine We reach the turn-around time and dawdle as long as possible hoping the clouds will lift on the Mt. Assiniboine summit.

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02-07-30 - Still a little bit coy

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02-07-30 p3 - Mt. Assiniboine, revealed at last Just as we're about to leave, the sun bursts out from behind a cloud and the last veil covering the summit disappears.

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02-07-30 - Mt. Assiniboine, from still higher up

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02-07-30 - Mt Assiniboine and us We turn back, everybody takes commemorative pictures and the group retires to a lower ridge for a quick bite to eat before the descent.

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02-07-30 - Route marker on Cave Mtn

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02-07-30 - Looking down the other side This would be the quick way down to our route back to camp.

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02-07-30 - Descent, Cave Mtn.

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02-07-30 - Map consultation

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02-07-30 - Descending Cave Mt.

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02-07-30 - Not quite a glacier

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02-07-30 - Somewhere, high up Cave Mountain

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02-07-30 - A last glimpse of Mt. Assiniboine.

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02-07-30 - The trek home via Og Pass

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02-07-30 - The Caves of Cave Mtn. Here we see how Cave Mountain got its name. A horizontal layer of rock has been eroding and getting hollowed out more quickly than harder layers above and below.

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02-07-30 - Let me see REVERENCE, Merle Now THIS was a fallen rock that seemed to deserve a certain respect.

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02-07-30 - Bryant Creek valley Returning to camp from Cave Mtn, we walk miles along the side of this valley. That view was with us until we got down into the thicker forest below. Our tents are in that big meadow at the end of the valley.

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02-07-30 - Figures in the distance

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02-07-30 - Strata

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02-07-31 - Early morning, Bryant Creek camp Day 3. We decide on a slightly less strenuous hike to the Allenby Pass today.

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02-07-31 - The mail must go through. While waiting for the group to assemble, we supervise the campground staff. All the food, resupply, and transportation of campers' duffel is handled by a contractor who supplies cooks and horse wranglers. The camp is maintained for at least a month to provide as many as 5 or 6 week-long periods for members of the Skyline Hikers club to choose from.

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02-07-31 - Heading out to Allenby Pass Snow has fallen overnight on the high slopes.

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02-07-31 - No bicycling allowed. We aren't quite sure if this is another example of park ranger humour, or if there really IS a need to restrain mountain bikers on this trail.

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02-07-31 p3 - Head 'em off at the pass. Nearing the mouth of the pass we meet a group of horse trekkers from the valley on the far side. Looks like a classic scene: a standoff from some old western movie.

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02-07-31 - Horse campers They're heading for Assiniboine Lodge and afternoon tea.

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02-07-31 - The turn-around point We reach the turn-around point. Much further and we'll be late getting back for supper. The cooks will be peeved and our fellow campers will be incensed at having to get up a search party, when they've already changed out of their hiking boots.

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02-07-31 - Crags to the left, crags to the right

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02-07-31 - The Allenby wombat

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02-07-31 - Fossils beds up on the foreground ridge. We visit some fossil beds up there, a few hundred feet off the trail.

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02-07-31 - Fossil beds, Allenby Pass

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02-07-31 - Lunch stop Finally, time for lunch. The temperature is just above freezing, or certainly feels like it, with a significant chill factor. We cluster beside these rocks keeping out of the breeze.

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02-07-31 - Contemplation, Allenby Pass

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02-07-31 - The mouth of Allenby Pass The pass is elongated with high mountain walls. So the view is blocked on either side, but continues on to the distant horizon at each end. Quite a different experience compared to yesterday where your vision reaches out on all sides. Here the yearning is directional. A pass is a path, a route with constraints, and a more specific sense of time and progress.

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02-07-31 - Heading back to camp

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02-07-31 - Hike leader and daughter, Allenby Pass This is today's hike leader and his daughter, just before we dip back down into the valley.

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02-07-31 - Mt. Allenby

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02-07-31 - True believer

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02-07-31 - Every cowgirl's dream This wrangler is leading the same group of horse trekkers, now heading back to their camp. They seem to be making better time than we are. Hope they enjoyed their afternoon tea at the lodge.

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02-07-31 - Figures in the distance, Mt Allenby

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02-07-31 - Mt. Allenby knife-edge The knife-edge of Mt. Allenby is particularly awe-inspiring. I try to imagine inching up it with that steep drop on either side. I don't suppose it'd be a practical route to the summit, being exposed to weather, lightening strikes and falls. But at least no rocks would fall on you from above.

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02-07-31 - Mt. Allenby knife-edge

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02-07-31 - Mountain parkland

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02-07-31 - Group portrait. The close-focussing Olympus D-40 is particularly handy for self-portraits. I'm trying to look nonchalant while my right hand is grasping the camera outside the frame of the picture.

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02-08-01 - Mountain meadows with fireweed On day 4, we decide on another summit climb, or rather, a NEAR summit climb to the shoulder of Mt. Cautley.

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02-08-01 - The lesser Cautley wombat. The lesser Cautley wombat is a close relative of the Allenby wombat. It keeps warm by snuggling in the pack of one of our fellow hikers.

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02-08-01 - Cautley shoulder on the right We have to bushwhack through those trees up ahead to reach the Cautley shoulder on the right. Somewhere, near this point, we briefly cross the border into B.C. Turns out that, if you pee precisely on the continental divide here, you can pollute both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in a single operation.

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02-08-01 - Mt. Assiniboine, shrouded in secrecy today On the way up we view Mt. Assiniboine from a different angle.

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02-08-01 - Departure time. Assiniboine, still not forthcoming. By departure time, Mt. Assiniboine is still not forthcoming so we turn our gaze in other directions.

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02-08-01 - Cautley shoulder. Og Mtn. is behind Merle, seated on the ground. That green valley is the entrance to Allenby pass, with the Mt. Allenby knife edge to the right of the valley. Mt. Mercer lies in the centre, with Gibraltar point to its right. Gibraltar point is a shoulder of Mt. Cautley. This panorama covers more than 180 degrees. What seems to be all in one line wraps round behind the viewer. The figures on the right are actually closer to the left side of the picture. These are a couple of members of our group wishing they could make a quick dash over to the summit.

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02-08-01 - Mt. Cautley summit We're short of the summit by only a hundred feet or so, but covering the horizontal distance would take us well past our turn-back time.

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02-08-01 - Standing tall. The Mt. Cautley summit is behind Merle.

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- Og pass, Allenby pass Cave Mountain is visible across Assiniboine Pass hidden on the immediate left. The trail you can see, runs along the shoulder of Og mountain in the centre and crosses the approaches to Allenby Pass in the right centre. That's Bryant Creek valley, leading back to our campsite. Gibraltar point is on the right. This is the mountain directly behind the camp.

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02-08-01 - Descent, Cautley Shoulder. Our route down from Cautley shoulder lies just to the left of that snowline.

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02-08-01 - Descent

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02-08-01 - Alpine spruce On the descent, I step backward off a cliff and do a cartwheel while taking this picture. Well, the cliff is actually more like a steeply inclined flower bed. The cartoonists usually have it the other way round, with the photographer urging the model to step: "Back, back, just a little bit more ..." I think those are yellow columbines at the base of the tree.

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02-08-01 - Mountain meadows, Cautley Shoulder August the first today. We've picked the right week for our holiday. Every day we seem to be walking through fields of flowers, just coming into bloom.

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02-08-01 - Indian paintbrush.

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02-08-01 - I haven't located my guidebook to flowers in the Rockies, so you'll have to wait for a positive ID on these two.

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02-08-02 - Gibraltar Rock, S.E. peak, dawn Day 5. Up early to check out the weather. Clouds are coming in.

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02-08-02 - Mt. Mercer

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02-08-02 p5 - Mt. Mercer

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02-08-02 - The weather report sounds bad. Where do we hike on a bad weather day? Somewhere not too strenuous, I hope.

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02-08-02 - Wrangler We can always stand around and watch the wranglers wrestle with horses.

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02-08-02 - Doesn't pay much, but steady work Or, we can hold up dead trees. Doesn't pay much, but it's steady work.

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02-08-02 - Marvel Lake weather - bloomin' marvellous Or, we can marvel at the scenery, what we can see of it, and try ignore the rain. We decide to head to Marvel Lake. The route is almost level. After one false start where we're briefly driven back to camp by torrents of rain, we make it to the lake.

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02-08-02 - Heading back to camp

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02-08-02 p1 - Nearing camp after sleetstorm On the way back to camp we soldier along in a sleet and snow storm that coats the ground with white, even way down in this valley.

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02-08-02 - Home: a tent named Tombstone Home to Tombstone at last. This name is stencilled on the roof in commemoration of some previous Skyline Hikers camp in Tombstone Pass. On this our last night, with the temperature dropping to near freezing, we finally get the woodstove going.

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02-08-02 - Improving weather for tomorrow? In the evening, the weather of this morning and afternoon shows signs of passing over.

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02-08-02 - Droll goings-on in the Do-nut tent Each night the group gathers for a meeting in the "donut" tent -- a large, circular canvas shelter with an opening in the roof. The character in the middle is the target of some clever satire by the gent on the right. "It is generally assumed that the electric fence around our camp was put there for the purpose of keeping wild animals out. (pregnant pause). However ..."

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02-08-03 - Last Morning in camp, shipping out Day 6 - last day with the Skyline Hikers. Our baggage is waiting to be loaded. The "donut" tent, our meeting place every evening, is in the background. In a couple of days, it'll be thronged by a new crowd of hikers.

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02-08-03 - Pack horses ready. Each pack horse can carry about six duffle bags.

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02-08-03 - Crossing Big Springs Creek We're crossing Big Springs Creek again, heading back to Shark Mtn. parking lot and trail-head. Here the bus picks us up for the trip back to Canmore and Banff. I've booked a room at the same hotel, this time in the bridal suite with a giant hot tub. We'll need it.

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Fort McLeod {fmc}

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02-08-04 - Main St., Fort McLeod

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02-08-04 - Fort McLeod

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02-08-05 - Fort McLeod

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02-08-05 - The Queen's Hotel.

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02-08-05 - The Empress Theatre.

Head-smashed-in Buffalo Jump. {hsmibj}

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02-08-05 - The Interpretive centre

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02-08-05 - The edge of the jump

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02-08-05 - Jumping into the 21st century

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02-08-05 - See The Scarlet Thread. (my novel)

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02-08-05 - Buffalo skulls by the ton.

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02-08-05 - Tall-grass prairie

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02-08-05 - Cliff swallow nests

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02-08-05 - Looking S.W. back towards the Rocky Mountains

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02-08-05 - Prairie herb garden

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02-08-05 - Earl Grey tea ingredient.

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Side trip.

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02-08-05 - U. of Lethbridge Dug into the bank of the Bow River, left. The horizontal lines are similar to Head-smashed-in Buffalo Jump interpretive centre.

Fort McLeod recreation.

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02-08-05 - Meanwhile, back at the fort.

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02-08-05 - Close your eyes and think of the Empire

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02-08-05 - Inside Fort McLeod Re-creation of a sod-roofed building.

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02-08-05 - The stuff postcards are made of?

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02-08-05 - Fort McLeod

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02-08-05 - Mandan dancing woman costume

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02-08-05 - Portal to the past

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02-08-05 - Fort McLeod re-creation, overview

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02-08-05 - Echoes of Fort LaReine, Manitoba?

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02-08-05 - Another postcard view

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02-08-05 - Don't act so innocent.

Writing-on-stone provincial park {wrospp}

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02-08-06 - Writing-on-stone Prov. Park Or is it called Milk River Prov. Pk.? Somebody please check.

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02-08-06 - A great place to scramble.

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02-08-06 - Pudding? After making camp, we spend the afternoon exploring hoodoos.

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02-08-06 - Sentinel hoodoos.

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02-08-06 - Front.

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02-08-06 - Back.

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02-08-06 - The eyes have it.

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02-08-06 - Prickly Pear

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02-08-14 - The Sweetgrass Hills.

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02-08-14 - The Sweetgrass Hills. The holy mountains of Blackfoot tradition.

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02-08-06 - Approaching Police Coulee.

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02-08-06 - Police Coulee, opposite side. An early RNWMP post has been restored here.

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02-08-06 - NWMP buildings, Police Coulee The Sweetgrass Hills are in Montana. We're looking SE. Whiskey traders used to sneak up the gulch so they couldn't be seen from the surrounding prairie. That is, until the police post was set up. The trade ended abruptly and the policemen stationed here went out of their heads with boredom.

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02-08-06 - Return to camp through maze

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02-08-06 - Escape route?

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02-08-06 - Altar.

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02-08-06 - Perch.

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02-08-06 - Sand lily.

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02-08-06 - An unusual hoodoo.

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02-08-06 - Another unusual hoodoo.

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02-08-06 - TWO unusual hoodoos

Rock pictograms, Writing-on-stone.

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02-08-07 - Deer, buffalo? Writing-on-stone

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02-08-07 - Figure. Sweetgrass Hills profile? Modern graffiti, below.

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02-08-07 - Figure.

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02-08-07 - Commemorates an early visit by motor-car.

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02-08-07 - Warrior on horseback

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02-08-07 - Warriors with shields, perhaps?

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02-08-07 - Profile

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02-08-07 - On the banks of the Milk River The sandstone has a vertical surface here that invites graffiti. But the penalty today is a $50,000 fine and time in jail.

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Out looking for ghost towns.

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02-08-07 - Foremost, Alberta

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02-08-07 - The railway doesn't come here anymore. Manyberries, Alberta.

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02-08-07 - Little white house

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02-08-07 - Portal

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02-08-07 - Bless this house.

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02-08-07 - Back at the park

On the road to Waterton.

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02-08-08 - Mormon Temple, Cardston

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02-08-08 - Heading toward the mountains. Travelling S.W. from Cardston. Grasshopper-splattered windshield.

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02-08-08 - Getting closer to the Promised Land

Waterton. {waterton}

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02-08-08 - Cameron Falls, Waterton.

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02-08-08 - Gibbet for rogue campers? Thumbs DOWN, Merle. Not thumbs up.

Cruise on Waterton Lake

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02-08-08 - Prince of Wales Hotel, Waterton. From the Waterton waterfront. Our tour boat, the International.

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02-08-08 - Windy and cool on Waterton Lake

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02-08-08 - Crypt Landing, opposite The path to crypt Lake begins here. You reach it by a ferry trip from Waterton.

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02-08-08 - Ranger Bob at the U.S. end of the lake. This area is called Goat Haunt. That's actually a moose antler, Ranger Bob.

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02-08-08 - Canadian retrospecive, literally Looking north from the U.S. toward the Canadian end of the Lake. Our cruise boat, the International, was built near this site by U.S. railroad interests.

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02-08-08 - Mt. Richards, north of the boundary Mt. Cameron's shoulder on the left, in the U.S. These mountains were named after pioneer boundary surveyors.

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02-08-08 - Splendid isolation.

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02-08-08 - Looking north, back toward Waterton.

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02-08-08 - Return trip

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02-08-08 - Looking south

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02-08-08 - Boundary, cut-line in the forest This marks the Canada-U.S. border. Canada left. U.S. right. Or vice versa?

Back at Waterton

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02-08-08 - Vimy Peak and Vimy Ridge Seen from the Waterton waterfront.

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02-08-08 - Near gale-force breeze. Looking south. Local terrain almost guarantees strong southerly winds. This lake is in a deep valley, enclosed by high, cool mountains on the south, east and west, and open to the hot, dry prairies on the north. Perfect for convectional air flows.

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02-08-08 - The Prince of Wales Hotel, dusk. We, the peasants, sleep in our Eureka tent, in the townsite, surrounded by perambulating deer and goats. I'm told that a certain Count von Dracula once stayed here.

Bertha Lake. {blake}

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02-08-09 - We hike up to Bertha Lake

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02-08-09 - Avalanche debris and snow. You ask: Where are the snows of yesteryear? Right here.

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02-08-09 - Lower Bertha Falls. Too cold for a swim, but those toffee-coloured rocks look almost good enough to eat.

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02-08-09 - Bear grass.

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02-08-09 - Nature imitating (erotic) art. A fine example of the "pitiful fallacy" in nature.

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02-08-09 - Bertha Lake

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02-08-09 - Path down to the water's edge

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02-08-09 - Picnic spot, Bertha Lake

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02-08-09 - Hard winters up here. We decide to walk round the lake.

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02-08-09 - Ultimate Beargrass.

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02-08-09 - Avalanche residue

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02-08-09 - Nearing the far end of Bertha Lake

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02-08-09 - One of the many sources of Bertha Lake.

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02-08-09 - Head of Bertha Lake

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02-08-09 - Strata And lens flare. The D-40 lens is not recessed quite deep enough.

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02-08-09 - Fertility motif

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02-08-09 - The gods must have their sport here. Not to mention, mere mortals.

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02-08-09 - On beds of ... Asphodel?

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02-08-09 - Not quite a swim. More a quick dip. A quick splash, actually. The water is ... glacial.

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02-08-09 - Derek gets cold feet

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02-08-09 - Also a cold bum.

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02-08-09 - Cloudscapes seen from the beach

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02-08-09 - A campsite over yonder.

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02-08-09 - And mountain to climb, maybe ... No, we didn't bring our tent.

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02-08-09 - Upper Bertha Falls, downward journey.

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02-08-09 - Altruism: self-guiding trail marker A note for Miriam: Careful reading of the text suggests that Parks Canada has discovered a species of altruistic plant. This deserves mentioning in any future lecture on the biological basis of Ethics.

Back in Waterton.

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02-08-09 - The Waterton campground and townsite Our tent is almost visible in the centre near the RVs. Yet another mood.

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02-08-09 - Waterton Lake, as breezy as ever. After our hike to Bertha Lake and before dinner, we take a rest on the beach near the campsite. Too cold for a swim.

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02-08-09 - Vimy Peak and ridge The Crypt Lake ferry returns with a load of hikers.

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02-08-09 - On the beach, comfy-like. Below the breeze. One thing about lieing on the beach. You tend to look upward. And this makes you watchful of suspicious clouds. Or is it my imagination telling me lies again?

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02-08-09 - Pretty strange clouds.

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02-08-09 - Is that round one heading this way?

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02-08-09 - Sentinel cloud, hovering. I think it's following us.

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02-08-09 - A cloud with a hidden agenda?

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02-08-09 - I think I'd better hide in the tent ...

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02-08-09 - Where I've got someone to protect me.

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02-08-09 - And kinda ... sorta ... you know.

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02-08-09 - Dusk over Waterton

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02-08-09 - Waterton bei nacht

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02-08-09 - Vimy Peak finally gets some rest.

Cameron Lake {camlake}

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02-08-10 - Cameron Lake We're making a side-trip on our way back towards Calgary. And spy ...

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02-08-10 - Cameron Lake pedal boats No, Derek, not pedal boats. You know what happened the last time you tried a pedal boat on Lake Contau.

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02-08-10 - Better a canoe.

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02-08-10 - Mt. Custer, in U.S. territory We decide to battle the waves and set off in search of Bighorn Sheep at the far end of the lake.

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02-08-10 - We steer due south

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02-08-10 - Waterfalls, fed by last year's snow

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02-08-10 - Distracted by a moose on shore A loyal Canadian citizen, I may add.

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02-08-10 -

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02-08-10 - Canoe passenger? Hey, you're not allowed to take the wildlife out for a ride in your canoe.

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02-08-10 - The U.S. shore is dead ahead. I think this is gonna be a tough portage, Merle.

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02-08-10 - We sneak across the U.S. border.

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02-08-10 - And here they are... Here what are? Those fabled snows of yesteryear.

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02-08-10 -

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02-08-10 - We get dripped on by meltwater.

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02-08-10 -

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02-08-10 - Portal

Red Rock Canyon {rrcan}

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02-08-10 - Overlooking Red Rock Canyon

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02-08-10 -

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02-08-10 -

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02-08-10 - Red Rock Canyon really is red.

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02-08-10 - You can do it, son

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02-08-10 - Somebody down there is barefoot.

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02-08-10 - We know who.

Looking for Big Rock

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02-08-10 p1 - Windmill farm, en route to Calgary Looking for a place to spend the last night of the holiday. Our flight out of Calgary leaves tomorrow at noon.

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02-08-10 p3 -

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02-08-10 - Tilting at Windmills.

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02-08-10 - Tilting at Windmills. The voice of Gran Hinton: 'Ere, you been tiltin' 'at windmill again, Derek?

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02-08-10 - Terrific thunderheads overtake us.

Okotoks, pronounced "Okotoks". {okotoks}

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02-08-10 - The Okotoks erratic At 18,000 tons, this is the largest erratic in the world. Or, so says the local chamber of commerce guide. The two second-largest erratics in the world sit in the parking lot listening to the CBC radio comedy hour while the thunderstorm booms overhead. Something about writing a novel down a coal mine.

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02-08-10 -

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02-08-10 p1 - Big Rock, Okotoks, Alberta

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02-08-10 -

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02-08-10 p1 - A rock with a definite air of authority

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02-08-10 - A pot of gold in the backyard?

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02-08-10 -

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02-08-10 - Portal to the geological past.

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02-08-10 - Profile The Okotoks stone reportedly fell off a cliff onto the advancing ice sheet somewhere near Jasper. Then it was carried south until melting conditions at the end of the glacial period deposited it about 40 miles S.W. of Calgary. A beer company is named after it.

Departure from Alberta {altabye}

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02-08-11 - Farewell Best Western Hotel, Okotoks

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02-08-11 - Leaving Calgary airport

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02-08-11 - Urban sprawl, Calgary

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02-08-11 - Goodbye to the West.

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02-08-11 - Dryer here: Eastern Alberta or Sask.

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02-08-11 - Cruising altitude over the prairies Western end of Lake superior?

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02-08-11 - Cloud vacuum cleaner

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02-08-11 - We've "broken the surly bonds of earth."

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02-08-11 - Cumulo-nimbus over Georgian Bay

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02-08-11 - Wow! I think it's getting bigger.

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02-08-11 p1 - We watch these clouds half an hour. East of the Soo, hovering somewhere over Manitoulin Island or Killarney.

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02-08-11 - Actually, NOT a hydrogen bomb explosion

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02-08-11 - Thrones of the gods

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02-08-11 -

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02-08-11 - We start to descend.

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02-08-11 p1 - Lower altitude. Beginning the approach to Hamilton airport.

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02-08-11 - A last look

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02-08-11 - Hamilton airport, Mount Hope No sign of atmospheric drama over the Niagara Peninsula.

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_ 09-11-10: yesterday and today. Editing pics. Thumnails to higher res. Sound show ready. Need to upgrade Ft. Mcleod to hi-res thumbnails. Mass update? 09-11-12: edited from "Departure from Alberta". Pruned. Formatted 16:9. 15-02-26: edits for HTML version.

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