2008-09-14

My Road Trip Monday

I went to visit my sister, The Bag Lady who still lives in the area we grew up in. As she posts anonymously, all I can say is that it is a four-ish hour drive to get there from Edmonton, but we had lots of fun. Maybe one day I will convince her to come out and join the MTM.

Northern Alberta is full of rolling hills and boreal forests, interspersed with creeks and rivers in deep valleys. Pictures do not really do it justice and when traveling by the generosity of other people, there were not many opportunities to stop on the way there.

The return trip was a bit different, we took a different hwy & we were able to stop a couple of times and there were beautiful vistas to attempt to capture. That is when it wasn't raining - almost sleeting! We travelled back the long way in hopes of seeing our beautiful Rockies and were treated to some wonderful scenery. Alas the cost of gas and the short time available to us didn't allow us to do more than glimpse them from the foothills.

I put together a little video, I hope you enjoy it.


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I will over the next while post some of the stills I took on the trip. There are so many to choose from that I would have wound up with a post that took two days to read.

As you may have noticed, Alberta has a lot of forest and yes, the softwood lumber industry is going strong. So is our gas & oil industry which is why it is a bit of a shock that our gas prices jumped because of "IKE"!

I hope this finds all of my Southern readers safe and protected from Ike's visit.

Have a good day all.

Not exactly a My Town Monday post, but if you would like to read about towns from all over the world drop by Travis Erwins Blog, he has links set up.

25 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

What a wonderful video, Reb. Well done. Cows, potatoes, and mountains, Ahhh. So relaxing.

debra said...

WOW, Reb, that's wonderful!!! My spuds were pitiful compared to hers.
Thanks for a great trip.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Bucolic and interesting.

gary rith said...

oooph, IKE.......
and sleet? in one month snow, right?

Reb said...

Thanks Leah! Very relaxing.

Debra, thanks. Those spuds are great for french fries!

Patti, glad you found it interesting.

Gary, not necessarily, we could just be cold. This week we are having temps of 24C (mid 70's F).

the Bag Lady said...

Great video, sis! Loved the fashion statement I made with my green rubber boots........
And your mountain photos look very nice. Was that the Cutbank or the Kakwa River?

Jay said...
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Jay said...

Wonderful video. It all looks so very peaceful around there.

And great music choice too!

Travis Erwin said...

Nice video and still shots. Ike took a right turn before he made it up to my neck of Texas.

Reb said...

Thanks Sis. I guess I should have said South of GC...might have been the Berland River or Pinto Creek.

Thanks Jay, it is beautiful country.

Thanks Travis. Glad to hear Ike turned.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Hi Reb,

wonderful post and a positively enchanting video.

df bag lady, nothing wrong with green boots.

Terrie

Fortune Cookies said...

Great video Reb! Thanks for a mini vacation, mid-day on this gloomy monday.

Reb said...

Ooh..enchanting! Thanks Terrie.

Thanks FC, glad you enjoyed it.

Barrie said...

I also don't get why your gas prices went up because of Ike. Fun post!

Reb said...

Thanks, Barrie. It is something to do with the stock market I think.

Barbara Martin said...

I've never seen Charlais crosses so calm. Usually they can be quite nasty. Cache Creek is a pretty place, my type of country.

Those large spuds fit in with those long summer daylight hours.

the Bag Lady said...

Barbara - that is the Gelbvieh in the cattle! Our Gelbvieh bull is so quiet, you can scratch his head - he loves it.
This herd is the quietest we have ever had!

Reb said...

Sis, thanks for answering Barbara!

Barbara, I know what cows look like, but breeds are a whole different story. Well, okay, so I might recognize one or two ;)

MizFit said...

it took me forever to realize you two are sisters....how COOL IS IT that you both blog.

thanks for the video.


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kcinnova said...

I feel all peaceful now. And hungry for spuds. (Those were HUGE!!)
Thanks for sharing. :)

Reb said...

Mizfit, yeah it is kinda cool, and Leah (the Goat's Lunch Pail) is our cousin.

Kcinnova, I'm glad you are all peaceful. Yes, it must be those long days of sunshine.

Hilary said...

That was great, Reb. So nice to be along for a part of your time with Baggie. Like a mini family reunion.

Reb said...

Thanks Hilary, we had fun.

Barbara Martin said...

My apologies to the Bag Lady about the genetics of her cattle.

Barbara Martin said...

Reb, I haven't kept up with the new imported cattle to Canada. The last new breed I was aware of arriving were the Simmenthals; and that was many years ago. Charlais are large, creamy white and can be aggressive even when crossed with other breeds of cattle.