2009-06-18

Maligne Canyon

I might have mentioned, or at least alluded, to the fact that I am a bit rotund. Fine, severely overweight. Add to this the fact that I am a smoker (I know, I am trying to quit!) with asthma (I know, I should never have started) and you have a puffing, panting fat old lady. Now, take said woman and put her at the top (well, 2nd bridge) of a canyon with stunning, amazing views and just try to stop her from going down. Don't forget to remind her every few feet (when she stops to take a photo) that she has to climb back up! She won't listen. The slope is fairly gentle, there are stairs where it is steep, she can do this!



Looking up the canyon from the second bridge.

So far, just the arthritic knees are twinging.

















Straight down from the bridge. This was the closest to being in focus, damned tourists walking on the bridge, making it shake ;) This is also at maximum zoom on my camera which is 18X.









This is the map at the second bridge, I am sorry I can't find a better map for you. Here are some measurements. Click to enlarge and you should be able to see near the top of the map, 2nd and 3rd bridges, not far for distance, but the drop was incredible. The temperature felt like it dropped about 15 degrees too.


Here is a little video so you can hear the roar!
(I apologise for the quality) BTW, I don't talk, so after you have had your fill of roaring water, you can turn the sound off.


video



Then we had to make the climb back up. Moist cold air is not a good thing for my lungs. Add to that the lymph fluid, when I exercise passes through my lungs and I was stopping every few feet. This time to catch my breath, not take photos. Good thing they have benches along the trail for the feeble minded fat old ladies who don't know their own limits.

I will post some more stills in a day or two.

Have a good day all.

18 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

Love the pics and excellent video of Maligne Canyon. I haven't taken that walk in years. Thanks, Reb. I don't know when I'll be able to go on it again as it would do me in right now, so the video tour was exactly what I needed.

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks for putting your health at risk for the sake of sharing the beauty of nature with us! Glad you made it back.
I haven't taken that walk in many years, either. It was wonderful to see it again.

Emily said...

But wasn't the view worth it? That's what I was thinking the whole time I climed Diamond Head crater in Hawaii...I think I also made empty promises to stop smoking & lose weight. But whatever, I (and you) made it up and down and have the photographic evidence to prove it!

Jay said...

Very beautiful scenery around there. Looks like a great place to visit.

Frank Baron said...

Reb, Reb, Reb. You're too hard on yourself. Put the blame where I do - where it belongs - on gravity. :)

Reb said...

Leah, I am glad I was able to share with you.

Sis, I don't remember ever taking that walk. Glad you enjoyed.

Emily, it was very worth it. Just as I am sure your trip was too.

Jay, you must come and see it for yourself.

Frank, oh that's it! Thanks for clarifying that ;)

Hilary said...

Frank is always pointing out the gravity of the situation. ;)

Lovely images and video, Reb. But don't do those risky things for a blog post. It ain't worth your health.

Reb said...

Thanks Hilary. Believe me, I just wasn't thinking. Overcome by the beauty.

kcinnova said...

The last time I went on a hike, I took off at a decent pace and ended up wheezing halfway to the scenic viewpoint. I was downright scared that I wouldn't ever get a deep breath. Which reminds me, I need to refill my Advair Rx! (I also need to lose a significant amount of weight.)

Lovely views -- thank you for sharing! Now take good care of yourself, Reb. I'm told that smoking is harder to give up than heroin.

Reb said...

Kcinnova, the descent is not too bad at all and if someone in your party is willing to drop you at the top and meet you in the parking lot at the bottom, you can do the whole trip one way. Unfortunately, we weren't a large enough party, or in good enough shape this time. Maybe in a couple of years, I will have the bad habits and weight under a bit more control and will try it again.

David Cranmer said...

As you know, my kind of place to sight see. Thanks for the pics and video. And as a cigar smoker I would have been huffing and puffing too.

Gramps said...

What great perseverance! Glad you took the pics for us.

Reb said...

David, you really have to come and see it in person one day. Before you get to be my age and will be huffing and puffing!

Gramps, thanks. You need to bring the beautiful granddaughter up here.

Missicat said...

Thanks for sharing the pics! It was worth all the effort, right? Good for you for making that trek!

Reb said...

Oh, Missicat, it sure was worth it.

Barbara Martin said...

Reb, the video was wonderful to watch and listen to. I'm glad to hear you took it slow on the walk back up. It's been many years since I walked that canyon, and thank you so much for the nostalgia. I, too, would be hard pressed to walk up those steps and would have to take it slow.

I quit smoking some time ago, but managed to stop by weaning when I was smoking 25 cigarettes daily. The asthma I have in Toronto is from the pollution.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Reb,

What a beautiful spot.

Terrie

Reb said...

Barbara, I am glad you enjoyed the video.

Terrie, thanks. It is lovely.