Prague Trip 2016

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Driving through Waiparous and Benchlands area near Calgary

Went for a bit of a drive up past Cochrane yesterday.  Not much for gravel roads as I have an older car but went down Richards Rd a little ways.  Nice drive all the way through there.  Often, not always, donkeys will attack coyotes and keep them away from livestock.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Heart Mountain Trail Hike - Flooding

Went hiking(really it is just a walk) on Heart Mountain Trail near Exshaw yesterday.  It is a short hike, a kilometer or two in at best.  It is nice at the end - a bench you can sit and listen to the waterfall.  You can't really see it - hidden by rocks unless you climb a bit.  There is a steep path on the left across the stream that you can climb to the top if you like.  It is steep and parts are a bit of a scramble but nice views at the top if you don't mind a little exercise.  We were a bit shocked though.  Last time we had done this trail it was mostly through the woods.  A lot of the 'woods' are now gone!  The flooding last spring affected more than Calgary and High River.  As you can see below the water and likely the rocks took out huge swathes of trees.  Some open spaces where there once was not.  Some of the pictures below show you how high the water must have been going through there - quite amazing.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Driving back to Calgary through the Fraser Valley

Coming back from Vancouver, BC this year a friend suggested that I might like to drive up through the Fraser Valley.  Slower but prettier.  It did take a good hour more but it was so beautiful.  There are some great spots earlier in the trip but I'll leave those for the next drive through.  These were taken further north before turning west toward Kamloops.  It is all a beautiful drive but I think desertscapes photograph well.  Here are a few to give you a feel of the area: