Archive for March 2013

Sights To See On a Lazy Ontario Afternoon

March 24, 2013

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An abandoned military base at Foymount.

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Downtown Quadeville.

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Cows.   With an interesting fence made from not just split-rails, but actual logs.

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Some broken dreams.

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Back-roads that haven’t’ been paved yet.   In what I call the “Empty Quadrant”.

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A refurbished church in Rockingham.   With a fresh copper steeple, which you rarely see nowadays.

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Old, wrecked trucks.   All red.

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A Mom-and-Pop ski hill, with one T-Bar.   Still open.

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Another Mom-and-Pop ski hill.  Also still open.

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And a  frozen farm.

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Finally Seeing the Fictitious Rockies

March 15, 2013

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve flown over the Canadian Rockies.  And I almost stopped believing they existed.

Because for the past 20 years, whenever I flew over them, this is typically what I’d see.

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Every.   Freaking.   Time.

But FINALLY,  on my recent ski trip last month, the skies were clear and I got to see these elusive peaks.

Flying west from Calgary, the change from rolling prairie/foothills to jagged peaks is quite abrupt.

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We flew right over the town of Canmore, which is the gateway to Banff.

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And of course the clouds started again, but I still caught a few good glimpses of some peaks.

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Flying back,  I lucked out again, and got to see the mountains from the plane for the 2nd time in almost two decades.

This shot is from Interior BC.   The white zebra-stripes are all previous avalanches.

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Which gives you an idea of why you hear about many fatalities when people go into the back-country.

Our flight path took us right over southern BC back towards Calgary, through some ice fields.

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I believe this is Rogers Pass.

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When compared to a screen shot from Google Map, it seems to agree.

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Rogers Pass looks so tame from the air.   But at ground level, it’s not so easy.

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Last year I drove through it in late March, and talk about a white-knuckle drive.

Single lane,  slush and snow, black ice and rocks literally falling on the road right in front of me.

Not to mention a truck accident that had closed the highway for hours.

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Though it gave Junior Bear a chance to stretch his legs.

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Some Things Never Change

March 14, 2013

Here’s the Duck Toller back in 2002  when she was just a up.

She was consoling her Uncle Friar after his surgery, which was the result of a ski accident.

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Fast forward, 11 years later.

Here’s an older, more mature Duck Toller.

She was consoling her Uncle Friar  after his surgery, which was the result of a ski accident.

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