Nature at its' best and most destructive

Trip Start May 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 08, 2010


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Saturday, May 14, 2011

I was lucky enough to get my work done today and do some shopping for my friends Donna and Wayne before setting out for a weekend visit/adventure.

It can be funny how a person can complete a drive between two points many times and see things in new light on different trips. While there is no one the I have met yet that will say that a drive into the Rockies is not spectacular, I am thinking that I may be a bit jaded after doing it so many times.

That was not true on this trip!

It could be the time of year as the snow is all gone from the prairies and even the foothills but the mountains still have quite a bit of white on them. Of course, this makes them look even more spectacular against the beautiful blue spy.

As I passed Fort MacLeod (who named a town after those villains - refer to Scottish history for rationale) the outline of the mountains was very clear and it became more pronounced every kilometer that I moved west.

Crowsnest Pass is the lowest pass you can take to enter the Rockies north of New Mexico so it is an easy drive relative to Rogers Pass (on the Trans-Canada) but there is plenty to see.

One of the most spectacular and even horrifying is the landscape at Turtle Mountain. While Turtle Mountain is not the tallest of the mountains by any means, it is one of the most famous. Way back in 1903, at about 4 am, the whole side of the mountain shaled off and rushed down into the town below. To this day it is not clear how the rock traveled as far or as fast as it did. In about 100 seconds it had been able to flow like a river to the point that it started to flow up on the other side of the valley. Miracles had occurred and some kids survived in spite of the fact that their houses were in direct line of the slide.

Curious thing about Turtle Mountain is that the local native tribes had not camped on that mountain for as long as they could remember as they knew that it was a mountain that moved! No scientific tools to save them but they were not harmed that night.

The size of the boulders that are on either side of the road are alarming and to think that they had been able to flow like water, makes you rethink the power of our world! Next time through I will get some photos to add to this blog.
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