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Oct 06, 2016 23:59 |  #11296

For some reason after seeing your post Renata, I am hungry and craving a beverage. :)

Further along on our trip, Nifty, Sue and I head further south along this wonderful highway. Just to the south of Canoe Meadows is the dam that was mentioned. The dam creates Barrier lake. This is a popular starting point for a number of hikes as well as a beautiful location to stop for a bite to eat. If you aren't quite ready for the rapids many people like to paddle around the lake as well, enjoying the views that surround the lake.

The lake continues around the corner to the mountain on the left and is quite long. Being so close to the source of it's water the lake has the wonderful blue/green color from all the minerals that are suspended in the water from near by glaciers.


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After a short walk around and a little exploration, back on the road we go. Our next stop is a view made famous(although mostly forgotten now) in 1988. Nakiska is another ski hill, this one was originally opened and created for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games that was hosted in Calgary. At the time The IOC ruled that the venues all had to fall within a certain range, and all of the suitable existing ski areas were to far from Calgary to be included. Thus the creation of Nakiska. All of the major ski events were held at this hill and although the Olympics are long gone(not forgotten though as is evident in the release of a movie in 2016 about one of the atheletes competing in those games) the ski hill still thrives as a popular destination for local families.


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Oct 07, 2016 00:15 |  #11297

Nifty had some trouble with capturing these big landscapes, but powered through as I shot away to put together the wonderful Panos. Whoever says you can't shoot landscapes with a 50mm lens need to by bigger memory cards and a faster computer.

I had the pleasure of teaching skiing at Nakiska for a few years. Although it is not the most challenging terrain or does it receive vast amounts of snow, the trail crews do an amazing job of making snow and grooming the runs. I am sure in a few short weeks these mountains will start to become covered in snow, a dramatic change in the look will give the slopes the definition that I grew up to love. There truly is nothing that I have experienced that is more breathtaking or makes you appreciate life more than standing atop a mountain on a clear winter day looking over the peaks that are frosted with snow.


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Oct 07, 2016 05:18 |  #11298

Renata, nice shots! Including the ones in the restaurant. Downsized like this, shots will have to be really, seriously bad to actually look bad. Love that t-shirt!
And good to hear that your husband is doing better!

Trever, those are great panos. What majestic landscape that is. And it's really nice to learn that a ski hill that was created for the Olympics, is actually still used by the locals. More often than not things built for the Olympics are deserted once the Games are over and never used by the locals, so this is great.


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Oct 07, 2016 20:51 |  #11299

Thanks Levina. I am happy to say that almost all of the facilities that were made for the '88 Olympics are still in use. I will take Nifty to a few of them on another trip as most of the rest are in Calgary. For now though, Nifty got to see some more of the Canadian Rockies.

Next stop was this cute little pond that is just off the highway near Mt. Kidd. At the base of this mountain is a very nice RV park. It is always busy during the summer and even into the fall, filled with trailers and RVs. The facilities are great with power, water at the sites and even WiFi in the campground. Plus you get an amazing view of Mt Kidd(on the right of the photo). Wedge pond is on the opposite side of the Valley and has lots of tables to enjoy an nice little lunch or dinner while fishing in this quiet little stocked pond.


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Oct 07, 2016 21:24 |  #11300

There were quite a few people wondering around the lake, many with dogs. Both my wife and I are dog people and we found this little guy to be just to cute not to capture.


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He looked like a cute little Husky puppy. But the owners informed us that he wasn't a puppy but a cross breed called a Pomsky. A Pomeranian mixed with a Husky. Not sure who convinced a Pom and a Husky to mate.... but they made one heck of a cute dog.

Growing up in these hills I have many fond memories. In my teens I spent many winter weekends driving out to a ski hill that was up this highway called Fortress Mountain. It boasted some of the best natural snow in the area and had some great runs set up for freestyle skiing. Sadly the area was left to decay by the owner and eventually had to close. It has tried to open numerous times but again, bad management led to it's demise. In 2013 flooding in this valley put the final nail in the coffin for the ski resort as the bridge that allowed access to the hill was washed out. Now just remnants of the area remain. But the view of the mountains surrounding it are still there.


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The ski area is up the cutline to the far right of this photo,(a composite of around 70 shots)

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Oct 07, 2016 21:26 |  #11301

To give you an idea, this is one of the frames making up the whole photo. :)

My computer is working really hard to make these shots come to life and I am really happy with how they are turning out.


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Oct 08, 2016 12:15 |  #11302

Nifty is working hard to show off the magnificent scenery of the Canadian Mountains and lakes!
..And so are you Trever.


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Oct 08, 2016 14:46 |  #11303

Very nice shots Trever. Love the pano's. I really enjoyed the couple of times that
I skied Nakiska. I remember when I first moved to Calgary in the early 8os and
we would drive out to the mountains always seeing Fortress and wondering if
it would ever be a viable ski area again.


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Oct 08, 2016 14:51 |  #11304

Beautiful panoramas. Trever. How many images were used in the one above? You live in a beautiful area.

ENifty was out in the hills today and probably again tomorrow as the forecast is good, so he'll post some photos at the beginning of the week.

Renata, I hope your husband is improving and you are not too stressed. Please keep us posted.


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Oct 09, 2016 10:30 |  #11305

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The ski area is up the cutline to the far right of this photo,(a composite of around 70 shots)

Nice pano, Trever. You should post that in the Panoramas thread.


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Oct 09, 2016 11:38 as a reply to  @ photorider's post |  #11306

Beautiful panos, Trever.


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Oct 09, 2016 11:40 as a reply to  @ AnnieMacD's post |  #11307

Thank you, Annie.
Unfortunately my husband's condition is deteriorating rapidly. The entire family is with me. Will keep you posted.


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Oct 09, 2016 12:51 as a reply to  @ itsallart's post |  #11308

Oh no, I'm so sorry Renata. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.


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Oct 09, 2016 13:01 |  #11309

Thank you Renata. I am so sorry about your husband. I am glad your family is with you to give you support. Our best thoughts are with you.


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Oct 09, 2016 14:31 |  #11310

Renata, my wife and I are so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


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