Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Biker post

Sunday September 17, 2017 was a bike trip over the Highwood Pass on Highway 40 through Kananaskis Country in Alberta from Longview back to Airdrie. It might be the last trip of this kind for the season. The Highwood Pass is supposedly the highest paved road in Canada. The forecast was a high of 17C and It was definitely chillier at the summit. I had to throw another coat on and switch to my winter gloves. There were signs of a recent snowfall which makes me think the next bike should have heated handlebars and a heated seat.

Five other bikers joined me. One I had never met before. Three of them had never joined me on a ride. Everyone got along well and everyone had a good time. If fall was not rapidly approaching I would try to get a group together again. The photo is at the top of the summit and somehow in a crammed parking lot with people all around I managed to get a photo with no one in it. Vehicles were parked along both sides of the highway near the entrance to the parking lot. I am not the only one trying to cram some more activity in before the snow hits.

For anyone interested the Google Map coordinates are 50.596080, -114.985732.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Music from Alberta

And now for something completely different

Posts worth reading

Chris and Connie do some great stuff.

A walk among the cedars

Along the Trans Canada Highway east of Revelstoke, British Columbia September 9, 2017. This is a boardwalk where you can walk through cedar trees. It was raining steadily when I was there which seems fitting. I always picture these types of trees in wet rainforest because I experienced this kind of thing as a kid. I spent part of my childhood on the British Columbia coast and I have seen bigger cedars. I also remember a lot of rain when I lived there.

Monday, 18 September 2017

The late night music post

Abandoned Seventh Day Adventist Church

North of Minburn, Alberta on September 2, 2017. The AMA (Alberta Motorist Association) had signs all over the province pointing to places that were active and a lot that were not. The signs have not been maintained in years. A lot of them are still holding on. I believe they will never be updated. It is a matter of time and money as well as technology. GPS has largely nullified the need for these. I like running across these in rural areas. They can lead you to interesting places.

I did not find any information on this place. If I had to guess I would say that the building is a former United Church before it became a Seventh Day Adventist Church. It has the style of a number of United Churches that I have seen many times. There are not a lot of Seventh Day Adventist Churches in Alberta compared to Catholic, Lutheran, United, or Anglican Churches.

The sign saying it is a Seventh Day Adventist Church is getting badly worn.

The entrance to the sidewalk is completely blocked by trees. I had to go around the trees to see the church. 

One day someone locked the door and left it. Someone has mowed the grounds so they have been maintained. Time will likely claim it now.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Century farm near Elbow Saskatchewan

You will see farms that have been in a family for one hundred years celebrated with a sign. This one I saw on August 11, 2017. 

The current farmhouse is likely somewhere else. This was right beside the highway. Great looking abandoned building.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

My guide to organizing a meet up

I am going on a motorcycle ride tomorrow with at least one other biker. There may be a few more. People I know have told me in the past that they were looking for people to ride with as they cannot seem to find anyone. I do not mind having others along. I have never wanted to belong to large organized groups like motorcycle clubs. I find everything is too planned for my tastes. 

The people that I invited I told them well in advance where to meet and what time. If you show up, fine. If not, fine. If you do not like the route and want to go somewhere else I am fine with that and I am not offended. If you want to lead I am fine with that as well. I have an outline of a destination and a vague completion time. That is about as organized as it gets. So far it works. 

Abandoned Saskatchewan August 12, 2017

North of Leipzig, Saskatchewan. I have been informed that this might have been a catalogue home. You could buy a home by mail order in Canada many years ago. There were several companies that offered this. The most well known as the T. Eaton Co. Ltd. Timothy Eaton was a well known figure in Canada. It is unfortunate that his descendants killed the company.

I think I prefer this next one out of all of the photos.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Because I like this song . . .

Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk September 9, 2017

Exactly as advertised. This is along Highway 1 east of Revelstoke, British Columbia. On a whim I pulled off the highway to check it out. Sometimes you have to satisfy your curiosity.

I really have to commend Parks Canada. They are one government agency that does a great job of setting up and maintaining interesting places in our National Parks. I have yet to run across a spot that they are responsible for that is not well maintained. Access to most places in the parks by vehicle is paved.

A well built footbridge over a creek leads the way.

Parks Canada has sets of red chairs in various places in the National Parks. 

The boardwalk is 1.2km long and I walked all of it. If I was going to see what this was all about I might as well get the full experience. It is one of the strangest boardwalks I have been on. It takes some sharp twists and turns, some places it is on a bit of an angle. There is no handrail. It is not very wide.

Whoever built this had a lousy job and I hope they got paid well. It is a wetland and it looked pretty boggy. It could not have been fun building it.

This was the best example of Skunk Cabbage that I could see. Practically all of it that I saw looked like it was trampled. Some of it might have been and it is the end of the season for it as well. I had seen Skunk Cabbage before when I was a kid living on the British Columbia coast. Sometimes you can smell it. 

Midnight hay bale photography

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Abandoned Catholic Church, Lafond, Alberta

Whenever I see an abandoned church I want to take a look inside. This one was locked. Spotted this September 2, 2017.

Everybody loves miniature horses

Near Calmar, Alberta September 3, 2017. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Abandoned Saskatchewan August 10, 2017

This is south of Dollard, Saskatchewan. I was looking for a church that I never did find. This I found purely by chance. What is kind of interesting is that I am friends with someone on Facebook (who I have never met) that lives in Saskatchewan who frequently posts photos of this house. This is a unique and striking house. I know nothing about the place. There is nothing around for miles. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


A day ago someone commented on a prior post of mine.

I wish they had an email address so I could respond. I wanted to thank them for the comment. Some places I run across seem to be entirely forgotten and it is always interesting when someone posts a connection to some place. Whenever I visit some spot I do my best not to disturb anything. Some locations hold a lot of meaning to someone and I do not want to disturb those memories. 

Brook Loop, September 9, 2017

This is unique. I was in the Rogers Pass on September 9, 2017. This is in Glacier National Park in British Columbia and this particular spot is just off Highway 1. These columns are the remains of a railway trestle that was made of wood, then replaced by steel, then abandoned when the Connaught Tunnel was completed.

The trestle was completed in 1885 as part of the grand plan to build a railway across Canada. The problem with the Rogers Pass is it gets a lot of snow and is subject to avalanches. It was a nightmare dealing with snow keeping the railway running through the Rogers Pass. On March 4, 1910 an avalanche from Mount Cheops, to the north of this spot, killed fifty-eight railway workers in Canada's worst avalanche accident. They were killed clearing snow from the railway from a prior avalanche. The Connaught Tunnel was completed in 1916 making it less hazardous and this part of the railway was abandoned. The tunnel is just over five miles long and goes under Mount MacDonald.

There are two sets of these supports. The rail line did a loop over Loop Brook to gain elevation in a short space to make it through the pass. It was raining when I stopped here and never stopped. It did not take me long to get soaked and it was worth it. I was amazed how massive and tall these are. I cannot imagine the amount of work it took to build these.

It must have rained heavily earlier. The rushing water was loud and I could hear rocks and see pieces of trees being carried along. I was on a foot bridge checking out the trail.

There was a plaque nearby stating that this column had been undermined by the creek at one time and an avalanche toppled it.

Hiking through the trees you can see evidence of an avalanche

It is kind of odd seeing pillars like this in kind of a rainforest.

This is part of the lower set of columns. There is a paved road where there is a campground in the trees. Seeing this just after you turn a few corners off the highway is quite the sight.

I was soaked from the rain and heading back to the car when I saw this diagram. The bigger blocks in the diagram are the two sets of columns for the trestles. The dotted line is the old railway that curved like this in an increasing slope so the trains could gain elevation in a restricted landscape to make it through the pass. The current railway runs alongside Highway 1 which is the wider solid white line.

You can see this on Google Street View. Coordinates are 51.257294, -117.538998.