Monday, 23 October 2017

Senkiw Church

A little Ukrainian Church that is no longer used in the middle of nowhere on September 30, 2017. I have been here before and posted it from a prior visit. Nearest town of any real size is about thirty miles away. There are a few farms nearby.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Just who is this guy?

I am sure all of us at one time or another get their interest piqued about someone.

A few years ago this person came into the office and became a client. When I initially met him he was soft spoken, in his late fifties, and had a religious Hebrew book with him and appeared very devout. Very nice guy and a pleasure to do business with. Since then I have seen him in the office about two dozen times.

Here is where it gets interesting.

Every time he has come into the office to see me about his file I have failed to recognize him. Every time he is completely different. Different clothes, different hair styles, sometimes a hat, different glasses or no glasses, and different facial hair or none at all. Every time he is very different in appearance and every time I fail to recognize him when he comes in the door. He came in last week and I failed to recognize him once again when he walked in the door. 

During the time I have interacted with him he has sort of been in retirement, done some work on a ranch, and recently done some work with an auto racing team among other things. Every time I seem him he is doing something very different. I am dying to ask one of these days about his background however I really cannot bring myself to ask. I am damn curious though.

Personally I have the feeling someone out there might be pulling a long term practical joke on me. Whatever the reason for someone possibly doing this escapes me. If this turns out to be the case I am dying to see what the payoff to the joke is because the setup is amazing so far.

Prairie scene

Near Oyen, Alberta June 30, 2017.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Time for a little colour

With fall things are looking a little drab. Time to brighten things up.

September 30, 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

Open road?

Maybe. I will see what happens. Then again how could you not want to take a ride in scenery like this?

Taken just west of Calgary on October 1, 2017.

Wilmot School 1912 - 1953 October 15, 2017

A few people have mentioned this place to me. Somehow in the past I drove by it without noticing it. It is right beside Highway 53 east of Rimbey, Alberta. A former one room schoolhouse and not a very big one. Now abandoned to time. I did not bother to look inside as it is fenced off.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The other end of the socioeconomic ranch scale

Outside Drayton Valley, Alberta.

October 14, 2017

Scrap as yard art

You see some old vehicles being put to work as planters or garden pieces in their final years. I see a bit more of it then I used to, it may be getting a bit more popular. It is better than filling your yard with abandoned vehicles like some do. October 15, 2017.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

If you are missing a boot . . .

There are a few fences with things like hard hats, ball caps, and boots that I have run across. This person went with all kinds of footwear. This is kind of weird. Where does someone get this many pieces of footwear? This is a little east of Drayton Valley, Alberta off in the country on October 14, 2017.

Whoever this person is they do not discriminate.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Bales! Bales! Bales!

I lied. It is a barn. Whenever I am in this particular part of Alberta I usually stop and take a photo of this barn. There are worse things one could do with their time.

March 18, 2017

May 21, 2017

June 10, 2017

July 30, 2017

October 14, 2017

Monday, 16 October 2017

Random notes

Posts have been a little thin or inconsistent. Been a little busy with things like visiting mom on the weekend. Feeling like I have some kind of cold or flu for the last few weeks that cannot decide if it wants to make me ill for a few days or leave me alone. Probably something terminal.

The biggest issue has been with my mother and it is causing me serious problems in my personal life. Whenever I visit all she has for coffee is instant coffee. She loves the stuff. I refuse to drink it. Previously I had bought her a coffee maker that she would not accept. She gets offended when I step out to get a half decent cup of coffee. There are some hills worth dying on.

I usually post a church on Monday . . .

I have ran out of churches to post. I have literally posted a church on Monday for weeks. Instead I will post a trip along Highway 31 in British Columbia from Poplar Creek to Gerard on October 8, 2017.

Part of Highway 31 runs along the Lardeau River. I stopped here to take in the scenery and some other people in jeeps did the same. On that point jutting out into the river a black bear appeared and got spooked when it noticed us on the other side. I narrowly missed getting photos. There were eagles chasing each other in the air that I watched. For some reason I did not think to get a photo of it.

The bear was interested in fishing. The river was teeming with spawning fish. You could see hundreds of them in the water. Try getting a photo of fish in a river.

It is a good gravel highway with dense trees and brush on either side.

I really do drive a KIA and I really do drive it to these places. The trusty KIA on the bridge at Gerard. There is nothing at Gerard. It is a true ghost town. Years ago there used to be homes, a hotel, some businesses, all of which serviced the mining communities in the area. One side of the bridge is the river, on the other side is Trout Lake.

Trout Lake.

Marking Gerard.

Remains of a building.

Remains of another building being overtaken by nature. You could see remains of another building off in the trees. I would have needed a machete to clear enough brush to properly see it.

There were people camping in the area. Not sure what the sign was about. Nor did I want to find out.

This cabin was in use. No one was in it at the time. A sign was posted on the front that it was private property.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Fish Lake

Along Highway 31A between Kaslo and New Denver, British Columbia October 7, 2017.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017

Taking a 2012 KIA Rondo places it really should not go

About a couple of miles north of Sandon, British Columbia is what remains of Cody and I decided to attempt a trip there on October 8, 2017. Sandon is a near ghost town and Cody is one. Cody was the home of the Noble Five Mine where most of the people were employed. About two hundred fifty people lived here. Sandon has a couple of residents and the lady at the store in Sandon assured me I would have no trouble making it there with my car. She told me it would be a little rough but once I was over the rockslide I would be fine. She was right. The road was definitely rough and I was down to a crawl with the car picking my way over the old rockslide. I really need to get a four wheel drive one of these days.

Coordinates 49.975168, -117.196199 for Google or Bing Maps if interested.

The road into Cody past the rock slide.

I think this is the old rail office. The Kaslo and Slocan Railway was connected to Cody. I did not see any remains of the rail line.

Another abandoned building.

Across this creek are the remains of a mine.

I believe this is the mill for the Noble Five Mine across the creek.

I did not bother crossing over to get a closer look. I will make a return trip when I have more time.

Neat spot.

Thursday, 12 October 2017


I had taken photos of this a few years ago from a distance. This on an acreage near Summit Lake south of Nakusp, British Columbia on October 7, 2017. I wanted photos of this again because I liked it so much. The guy who lives here was in his yard when I drove up. I asked him if he minded if I take a photo of his car. He said he gets requests asking this all the time.

The car got up on the pile of rocks the way a lot of guys accomplish things. He and a buddy were drinking a few years ago when it was winter. The conversation got to the where one said to the other he bet they could get the car up there. Some rope, a tractor, one guy in the car trying to steer it, and mission accomplished. When spring rolled around he said it looked pretty good up there and left it, especially since it looked a lot better than the old couch he had up there before. The "3060" on the car is his house number.

The owner restores vehicles. He opened up his shop and showed me a 1967 GM pickup that was being restored from the ground up. The guy does great work. The car on the rocks is a parts car that was used for another project.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Downtime in Kaslo, British Columbia

October 7, 8, and 9, 2017 was spent in a one bedroom cabin a few minutes north of Kaslo overlooking Kootenay Lake. No internet, spotty cell phone service, incredibly quiet. A excellent spot to enjoy a glass of red wine in front of a fire. If I had the means to move to this area of British Columbia I would already be there.

View of the lake from the cabin.