Jasper National Park is in the rocky mountains in Alberta. I tried making it to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk but this mountain I was going up was too hard on my truck. Next time I will travel lighter. The scenery is very good and I recommend you go on Highway 93 north from the Saskatchewan River Crossing store. The weather was nice but there was a risk of an avalanche so you have to be careful. I took pictures with my Olympus EPL1 12.3 megapixel camera and my Asus cell phone. I can’t believe my elementary grade school went on a school bus up here ! That was decades ago. If you want to see mountains and don’t have a lot of money I recommend you go see Jasper National Park.
I went to Abraham Lake near Nordegg, Alberta, Canada, in January. This is the first time I’ve been there in the Winter. Usually I go in the Summer so this was different. The roads were good but it was cold. There were a few people out at the lake. I have to commend these people for being out here in the middle of nowhere. This is not a place where you want your vehicle to break down.
Abraham lake has these methane bubbles that come up from the bottom The bubbles get frozen one on top of the other which makes it look amazing. I guess you can call them frozen bubbles.
This area where I went to take pictures is near an Indian reservation. The people who live there are called the Kiska Waptan-Wesley First Nation. There is a store and gas station there. It’s a small community but I thought I would mention it here.
I set up a PA system in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, on July 1st, 2018. I had to be there early and set up before the dancers and singers got there. All went well on set up and testing and then the pow wow started. The dancer is what we call a “Chicken Dancer.” He imitates the prairie chicken if you have ever seen those birds in the wild.
I also took these pictures with my Olympus E-3 10.2 megapixels.
Way back in the 1980s, I can’t remember the year, I took a trip from Skookumchuck (yes that’s the name) to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta with two people who are no longer with us. As I started my journey I had to go where I haven’t been in a while. That meant blazing a new trail for myself and going somewhere I haven’t been in a while. The first challenge was leaving Lake Louise in Alberta and making it to the BC border. As usual in mountain traveling it went up very far. Coming down was challenging too. I had to make sure not to gain to much speed because you don’t know how your vehicle is going to handle in these conditions. In BC they have run a way lains for truck drivers who lost control of their vehicles.
Getting to the Radium Hot Springs was not too bad it was coming back that was hard. As I got to Radium the small town reminded me of a Swiss Village. From there I made it to Skookumchuk and talked to a local lady. We knew the same people from that time and she updated me on the people I used to know. So I left Skooks to go Cranbrook. The place I was born. The small city has not changed much and you can still smell the pulp mill in the morning.
Finally I made it back to Alberta. Coming home was more challenging than getting there. You feel good getting home, it’s true whoever said that. It was a great get a way for two days. I packed up, got in my truck and left. I recommend people do that once in a while.
I had to deliver a message to a native band in camp. Camp is located near the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada; central Alberta to be more precise. The message was accepted on good terms by the local Elder and I listened to him for a while. He served us coffee and we allowed to smoke cigarettes in his log cabin. The knowledge he shared made me really think about the world we live in today.
The road up was covered in ice. We went up the Elk River road again and the oilfield and forestry trucks weight made it a ice rink. We had to go slow all the way. I never lost it driving so that’s good. It was stressful from the start but I had to stay focused on the objective. The weather was cold because we were in the mountains. I had some lunch, cigarettes and hot coffee so I was good.
Me and my second driver made it back to the rez late in the evening and I tell you I was glad to be home. Here are some pictures. The trip was made in November 2017. About two weeks ago from today.
I went down the Elk River Road for the first time yesterday near the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. The destination was Camp down Cardinal River road. Me and my second driver made it and visited for a bit and did some business. I saw a storm coming when I was in Camp so I know we had to go soon. As we were leaving I stopped by my nephews playing road hockey. The one boy said that was snow coming so I said we had to go now. It started with rain and soon turned to snow. By the time we were at the Cardinal River turn the snow turned into a blizzard. The road going down the Elk River road was terrible. So we drove real slow and after I saw some deer running across the road I felt better. Once we passed the Elk River campground we were almost down. Finally, we made it to the pavement and took a break. That’s when I took pictures of my truck. We made it home and I am going to remember this trip for a long time. It was good going up but coming down was a nightmare. That’s the way October is in Alberta. Always be careful driving when in the Rocky Mountains and remain calm. I do not have a 4×4 truck but it’s recommended you do. I have rain and snow tires so that helped immensely.
There’s this road this is very remote in the Rocky Mountains. It’s called the Forest Trunk road and it runs north and south from the David Thompson Highway 11 in Alberta, west of Rocky Mountain House. I went by myself as usual because none of my friends like this kind of discovery. This area is very good for hunting because I saw some deer when I went in. This was the first time down this road and I was actually going to go to the Ram River Falls which is 60Kilometers or 45 miles down this road. If you go on the north Trunk Road you can go to Camp where some of the Plains Cree Indian people live. If you travel to remote areas always have a good reliable truck. Not a car! A truck or SUV. Beware of animals and make sure you know how to camp outside if your vehicle breaks down. Have protection, I have my compound bow and arrow that I pack with me all the time on these excursions.
There’s this area near Nordegg, Alberta, Canada, called Crescent Falls. This video is from valley that’s near the falls. This valley is before the falls. I did make it to Crescent falls and I will post some pictures later. I was to afraid to go up to the rail!
I visited an old place where I lived when I was a boy. This camp is located along the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. It is home to the Plains Cree Indians from Maskwacis. I went up there in August 2017 and it is very remote. The road going up to camp is up a mountain. You need good vehicle although I seen a young lady take up a small Chevrolet car up there and I was amazed it made it. The last time I was up here was about 30 years ago. I plan to go up again in October for a ceremony. I will post more pictures from camp when I go. Enjoy!