Sept. 28 Creston to Black Diamond

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Near Creston

What a beautiful day to travel. I woke up early, had breakfast and hit the road. I had less distance to travel today but had to work in a time change that I forgot about and so it took me by surprise.

Fall colours coming on - the world is golden

Fall colours coming on - the world is golden

The further east I get the more like fall it seems. The leaves are changing and I can smell that fall spice in the air. It is a smell like no other. It takes me right back to my childhood and makes me feel like jumping in a pile of leaves. It is truly my favorite time of year.  I was listening to the CBC weather today and they told me that if I was going to be through some of the mountain passes on Hwy 3 tomorrow, I should go prepared with snow tires and chains. Really? That is the route I drove yesterday. It is hard to imagine that it could snow there tomorrow. If my luck holds winter will be dogging my tail and never in front of me.

Outside Cranbrook I think

Outside Cranbrook I think

The scenery changed dramatically today from mountains to the rolling prairie and when I got to Black Diamond I was enchanted by the huge ranches with towering mountains in the misty distance.

Near Black Diamond. Can't see the mountains in this one.

Near Black Diamond. Can't see the mountains in this one.

When I got to Catherine’s she was sitting on the front porch with her two dogs waiting for me. We are at the same age and stage of life. We could have stayed up all night comparing the amazing coincidences in our lives. I am sorry I am not staying much longer but we are making plans to meet next summer to do some travel together as I see the prairies. A stranger is just a friend you have never met. This trip has brought me together with many such people. I am feeling very blessed at this moment.  I threatened to plop her picture in right here…but forgot to take one… I will get her next time.

Just east of the BC/Alberta border

Just east of the BC/Alberta border

With the time change, I am going to bed later than usual and getting up earlier than I would like…so talk soon.

The Frank Slide - a huge bit of the mountain slid down onto the town of Frank

The Frank Slide - a huge bit of the mountain slid down onto the town of Frank

Me with a couple of Black Diamond locals this evening at dusk

Me with a couple of Black Diamond locals this evening at dusk

5 Responses to Sept. 28 Creston to Black Diamond

  • Mom says:

    Hey, we heard about the snow in the mountains and worried! So glad you kept ahead of it – keep up the GOOD drives!!
    We’ve had nothing but high winds and rain for the last 2 days with 12 degrees high – guess our very short “Sept.” summer is over!
    Take good care
    Love you
    Mom

  • Janice Turner says:

    keep on truckin with the snow well behind you!
    Janice

  • Karen says:

    Vicki, It is so great to have you back on a regular basis. We have missed you. Safe travels. Karen

  • Faye says:

    I spent many summers travelling on a bus from Okotoks to Black Diamond for swimming lessons. I am probably too late now to tell you to make sure you stop at Big Rock – the big rock that is a glacial formation left in the middle of a farmers field on the road from Black Diamond heading towards Okotoks – the small town that I grew up in. Maybe you saw it as you and Vincent flew past.

  • Vicki says:

    Faye I missed Big Rock and Okotoks but never fear…next summer I will explore Alberta. Before I go you can give me a list of things to see and I promise to see it all….and meet all of the great people there. Now the problem is …. how to get back to revisit all of the amazing people I meet in BC and see all of Alberta…and maybe Saskatchewan to boot. I will just have to keep on figuring out new reasons to visit….Karen…maybe you can set up some talks for me in Sayward…that will bring me back.

    I have chains for snow insurance, rain gear for rain insurance and a parachute for wind insurance. I think I am covered.

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