Month: June 2010

Hiking near Exshaw which is near Canmore Alberta

Went on this hike on Saturday as far as the Hoodoo with the cave.  Was a great day for it and when the cold water of the stream kept the edge of the heat off.

This is at the start of the actual canyon – there is about a half mile walk from the parking lot to here.

Wear sturdy boot or shoes.  It is very rocky.  Lots of stream crossing.  I appreciated having a hiking stick.

Cool rock formations…cold water

 Looking back down the trail and getting cooled off by the icy water.

Climbers.  There were a few at different spots.  A few feet past these rock climbers were the pictograms.  I would have missed them if someone had not pointed them out to me – that’s standing actually looking for them.  They are pretty faded.  Apparently, they are easier to see when the sun is on them.  They have been there for hundreds of years but are probably fading now as the body oils affect them so it is better that you don’t touch. – thanks.

Climb up to see the waterfall – quite cool if you go right up to look at it head on but for that last section that you can see here take your shoes off for traction – it is extremely slippery – stay near the cliff face.

Here is a shot of looking straight on at the waterfall – I would love to know where all that water is coming from – looks like the top of the mountain to me. Hmmm.

Looking back down the canyon – some more cool rock colours and formations.

I wanted to take a shot of these trees but at the same time to give you some perspective.  Tenacious. (definition: tenacity – doggedness: persistent determination)  I’d say!

That’s his house right behind him.  We were sitting here for a bit.  Wasn’t afraid of us at all.

Hoodoo you think you’re foolin’.  This is as far as we went this trip.  Another mile or so the canyon apparently opens up in to some really nice meadow.  We didn’t go up to the cave.  It is pretty shallow – you can pretty much see the back of it from our vantage point down here.

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Bicycle Helmet Laws

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Dessert – Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

OK – this dessert rocks! Simple to make.  I got the rhubarb from the back yard.

Brown Sugar

For the filling – fruit part –
Rhubarb – clean and chop up the rhubarb to 1/4 inch pieces so you have about one and a third cup
Strawberry – cut ’em up to 1/4 or so depending on size to begin with.
Put both into a 9×9 glass baking dish.  (that’s what I use anyway) and add juice from half a lemon, about half a cap of vanilla and a few dashes of cinnamon AND a very large spoonful of brown sugar – I think I used about 1/4 cup.  Stir this around pretty thoroughly and spread evenly in the bottom of the dish.

For the topping: about 1/2 cup each of flour, oatmeal and brown sugar – a little extra on the sugar never hurt anyone.  Add a few dashes of cinnamon and half capfull of vanilla and lots of butter.  I’d say about half a stick or more.  So the butter is well mixed in with the other ingredients.  Lumpy.  I also add another half lemon worth of juice – fresh squeezed. 

Spread this evenly over the fruit and don’t press it down.

About 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees and oh la la!

Posted by Martin Jones in crumble, dessert, rhubarb, strawberry, 1 comment