We took a drive out to the mountains the other day to check out the fall foliage, and we were not disappointed. It was spectacular, all gold’s of varying hues, unlike Eastern Canada where one gets the reds from the Maples. We get gold, and lots of it. We also have a tree here called the Larch, or it goes by another name, Tamarack. This is a conifer, but unlike a spruce of pine tree, is sheds its needles every fall. When the needles are ready to fall, they turn a deep vibrant gold, not like the gold one gets from a poplar for instance. We spent the day in Kananaskis park and the picture above is the lake at the north end of the park.
We managed to get to the Highwood Pass, the highest highway in Canada at 7200 feet, from that point on, going south the highway was closed. It is closed for the winter anyway to vehicle traffic since the area is a breeding spot for bears and other animals. Cross Country skiers can still use it as well as snowmobilers. The road is not ploughed and they get a lot of snow there. Good for skiers and others though.
Traffic was light, even though it was Sunday and hikers seemed to be the major people out and about. Of course there were a few of us who simply wanted to enjoy the scenery. We were fortunate to see a small herd of Big Horn Sheep, at one of the turn offs just before going to the top of the Highwood, and in one other area. The ones we saw were all juveniles or females so none of them had the big curved horns. Still a thrill just the same.
There are not a lot of places to eat, so many people bring there own lunch, as we have often done, but on this trip we stopped at the Delta Bow Valley Lodge, and had a very nice relaxing lunch in their dining room. Other choices in the hotel include a coffee shop and a bar with typical bar fare. The food was a bit pricey but not by much and we had a great seat from where we had a great view of the mountains and the landscaped area behind the hotel.
So much for the Beauty part.
Back in June virtually all of Southern Alberta had what has been described as the Flood of the Century, along with many derogatory other names. During the flood, this part of the mountains got some 10 inches of rain in just a couple of days. The damage was severe. I have included a picture form the area called the Kananaskis Golf Course taken in 2008, at about the same time of year. We had stopped there for lunch that day, and the place was to close for the season the next day. The water had no place to go, except to the lowest parts of the valleys, and as it did it washed out roads and bridges alike. The water continued along as water does, and devastated the towns of Canmore, Exshaw, High River to say nothing of the City of Calgary. This is a picture from 2008 of the golf course.
During the floods, the water carved new waterways in the old streams, which had turned into raging rivers. The golf course you are looking at is a mess, and while it likely will be returned to it’s previous glory, there is a possibility that the cost will be too great and it will simply revert to it’s natural state. This picture is of the same place and it is where the Beast resides. Not too pretty.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”
Bono, the Irish entertainer was giving a performance at a theater in Ireland. The entire theater was dark, and a single spotlight was all that picked up Bono as he crossed the stage, slowly clapping his hands. As he slowly got to centre stage, he spoke for the first time, and he said, “Each time a clap my hands, a child in Africa dies.”
There was a deathly hush, and finally there was a voice from the audience, “Then stop bloody clappin’ then.”
Have a Great Day, and be good to each other!