July 29th – odds and ends

I found this room with the exact colours I have in my kitchen. See Fred, other people like those colours together too. Of course, my kitchen looks better.

I found this room with the exact colours I have in my kitchen. See Fred, other people like those colours together too. Of course, my kitchen looks better.

I like the little town of Pincher Creek and as I pulled out of the campground I decided to visit their museum. Wow. I have never seen a small town museum like this. It was huge, literally a whole village, and the horticultural society has made it a haven for heritage plants. Well worth the trip if you are ever in this area.

Sod house from the museum. I am quite taken with these cozy, effiecent homes. I especially like the garden on the roof.

Sod house from the museum. I am quite taken with these cozy, effiecent homes. I especially like the garden on the roof.

Along the road I passed C0wley Ridge where Alberta Hydro has invested heavily in wind turbines. They sure picked the area well. There were signs warning traffic to be aware of high wind gusts. I sent lots of energy to my bike riding friends from the night before. They were riding along the same stretch, into the wind, into the mountains. I hope they made out ok.

Cowley Ridge

Cowley Ridge

There are hundreds of these things. I wonder what kind of neighbours they make.

There are hundreds of these things. I wonder what kind of neighbours they make.

As I started to get into ranch land I passed three drovers driving a small herd of cattle. Oh I wished I could stop for a picture but I couldn’t. You just have to believe me, it was like a scene from a movie, except they were moving them along a grassy plain and there was no cloud of dust.

The radio was giving storm warnings and I watched this cloud being peirced by lightning. It was beautiful and I actually snapped many photos trying to catch one lightning strike but didn't get that lucky. I had to drive in the rain for a bit, but basically missed the whole thing.

The radio was giving storm warnings and I watched this cloud being peirced by lightning. It was beautiful and I actually snapped many photos trying to catch one lightning strike but didn't get that lucky. I had to drive in the rain for a bit, but basically missed the whole thing.

Black Diamond

Black Diamond

When I got to Black Diamond, Catherine and Dwight treated me like family and when I told them I wanted to see a special place that had been recommended by a friend, they took me on an evening drive. This is for you Fay

Okotoks Big Rock

Okotoks Big Rock

Big Rock in Okotoks is a part of a train of 500 glacial erratics (stones dropped into weird places many years ago during a big melt) that they mentioned at Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump.  I had no idea how big it would be. I thought sort of in the order of Big Rock in Campbell River BC but it is much more impressive than that.

Climbing up the inside trying to make the top. Guess next time I will bring some proper shoes. I stopped about 10 feet short of the top wondering how I would get down. Not sure they would send a helicopter for me.

Climbing up the inside trying to make the top. Guess next time I will bring some proper shoes. I stopped about 10 feet short of my goal wondering how I would get down. Not sure they would send a helicopter for me or just leave me stranded.

Both Catherine and Dwight are going above and beyond the call of duty to show me a good time. Tomorrow, weather permitting, we are going to take a picnic and take back roads through the mountains and into Banff Park. That reminds me, I need to charge up the camera battery.

I am leaving for Calgary early Monday morning to visit Wendy’s sister Holly. I am looking forward to that. I probably won’t post until Tuesday. Talk soon.

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