Muffins and BBs

Sometimes my photos turn out really well. Other times they’re muffins – that’s when I’m muffin’ the shot and/or making BBs (Boring Busy shots). But I keep them anyway; they remind me to keep a closer eye on what I’m doing. Here are a few muffins and BBs from our last trip . . . totally unedited, straight from the camera. Some have bug juice from the windshield. That’s OK too. 🙂

Just wondering . . . do these count as Free Spirit shots??? 🙂

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Back in the U. S. S. R. !

Huh? Back in the U.S.S.R.??  Oh . . . guess I’d better ‘splain that; it means Back in the United States So Relieved! Not that I have anything against being in a foreign country, mind you. We totally enjoyed our time in Canada, and are ready for the next adventure.  B U T – we are also glad to be back on the home soil. “Coming home” has a certain ring to it that is like no other phrase in the English language. Those two words evoke a myriad of feelings. Safety . . . relief . . . familiarity . . . family . . . confidence . . . hope . . . need I continue?

Vacation is only half over, but we’re ready for a different adventure now. Maybe “adventure” isn’t quite accurate – more like we’re ready for an un-adventure. I am, anyway – hubby may still be rarin’ to go, but I doubt it, since he’s done ALL the driving the last two days. I think he would like a break too. Next phase? Hide out at home for a couple of days (shhhhh…don’t tell anybody), then run up & down the coast with Spencer the Wonder Dog. I’m sure our doggy-sitting friend is as anxious as we are to welcome Spencer home. I can just hear the welcome now ……….. “woof, woof, aaahhhhOOOOOH, grrrrRUFFF, yip yip yippee yip yip yippee!” And, of course, I’m sure Spencer will add his welcome to that!

Yesterday I had a notion to post a whole bunch of pictures from the last few days. Then I had a second thought – maybe not.

“Oh, go ahead, you know you want to!”

OK, you talked me into it – see how easily persuaded I am? The Canadian Rockies are a.MAZ.ing! There was a small forest fire after we left Golden and before we got to the Rogers Pass Centre. I think the current firefighting plan in the national parks is to let the fire burn itself out if at all possible – or so the tour guide at the Three Valley Museum we toured informed us.  Anyway, the fire apparently burned itself out with no visible effect on park traffic or revenue – we made it all the way through without being detoured or turned back. Whew! And now – on with the show!! Albeit a very short one, as I am totally wiped out and too pooped to pucker. Tired, in other words. Good night….ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz

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Lord willing, I’ll have a little more to share tomorrow or the next day. Hope you’ve enjoyed this mini-tour of Canada. 🙂

Revelstoke!

Here we come, Revelstoke, gallopin’ all the way. At least, the horses under the hood are galloping – we’re just hangin’ on for the ride!

Last time we were at Revelstoke was a few years ago, and we didn’t get to see a lot that time. This time we got a room right downtown, and have walked all over the place today. And I got a few really cool shots for this week’s photo challenge. Since we’re obviously not at home to take pictures of our own hometown urban sights, I hope these will suffice. I love these bikes, and this cute little doggy in the doorway. I assume he’s supposed to be in the front of the restaurant where we found him, instead of in this back door off the kitchen. Then there was the door – I love to get pictures of interesting doors! This one had the paint peeling in a very artistic way.

bike rental in Revelstoke

how embarrassing – put out the back door, just because I dropped my tray

what’s behind the blue door?

We also noted these beautiful metal fish sculptures. Quite impressive!

one of the first things we took note of while walking around town

across the street from the first sculpture

We like to walk in the residential parts of towns and look at houses. As we walked down one street that looked like a dead end, we just had to stop and look at a huge piece of equipment on a flatbed trailer in front of a house. I naturally snapped a couple of photos, as hubby reminisced of the days when he had done metal work.

biggest press I have EVER seen!

the thing that makes the press run

Right about then, a fellow walked out of the house and started telling us all about his find. He’d just bought these pieces at an auction and was excited to tell us all about them, since he saw us stop to admire them. As we talked, we discovered that this was the artist who had done the metal sculptures we’d just been admiring and photographing in the downtown area.

James Karthein: the fellow who is going to make that thing work!

Imagine that – we had found the artist! So of course I had to ask him if I could photograph him, and he was quite happy for me to introduce him here. His name is James Karthein, of Ridgeline Metal Works. Here is his website: http://www.ridgelinemetalworks.com. James and his co-artist, Kevin Kratz, also have a sculpture of a blue heron, called Patient Hunter, entered in a metal works art contest in Castlegar. You can find his entry in the Castlegar Sculpture Walk at this link: http://www.sculpturewalkcastlegar.com/artist/kevin-kratz-james-karthein/. I went to the site and looked at the sculpture – it’s a fine work of art, with each feather lovingly crafted individually. I hope they win!

That’s about it for today, but tomorrow I have GOT to share some of the gorgeous Canadian Rockies. Oh . . . one more thing. We stopped at a roadside rest to take pictures and have a snack, and a fellow pulled up on his bike. We then stopped down the road at an old growth nature walk to take that in, and who comes riding in on his bike – not 15 minutes after we got there? Yes, the cyclist from the roadside rest. OK, that’s fine – we’re all interested in the same things, it seems. We get to Revelstoke, park, get a hotel room, and sit down at a sidewalk cafe to enjoy the scenery and a cup of coffee. Uh huh. Same fellow comes riding up. Just as I snapped a photo of the flower bed in front of the cafe, he passed by.  I told hubby, “There he is again! He just rode through my picture!” In the hotel lobby as we were heading out for dinner . . . yep. Same fellow, checking into the same hotel. Hmmmmmm…….

well, hello again!

Check back tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel. 🙂

Return to Lake Louise

Well, we didn’t exactly return to Lake Louise, per se. We just stopped by and got a few more photos while the sky was clear. And the place was PACKED! It was really hard to get a clear shot of the lake, one without various body parts intruding. I got one with someone’s elbow, another with a kid’s head, and various and sundry others with backsides, hips, and one with a whole gang of photo hogs. Oh well, there were at least two good ones, which made the whole excursion worthwhile. Last time we were at Lake Louise (a few years ago), the day was cloudy and overcast, and the top of the mountain was shrouded in clouds.

sure wish the sky had been bluer, but that’s OK. At least the lake was green.

another view of the lake, with a little of the blue showing in the sky

That was the extent of our stay at Lake Louise. We stopped back by Deer Lodge, but just couldn’t go that high rate for one night this time (about $240, and then add the tax!). Oh well, not to worry – lots of other places down the road. We debated whether to just get that one at Deer Lodge, or check out the next one just past Deer Lodge – or simply head on down the road and do something else. We did something else. We stopped in Golden, on the way to Revelstoke.  And, naturally, I got a few photos along the way. These were by the Spiral Tunnels, in BC.

just before the Spiral Tunnels

love those mountains behind us!

Spiral Tunnels

We stopped in a little town called Field, which appears to be an old railway town. There was one (count ’em, ONE) room available in that entire little hamlet – at the paltry rate of $196 for a single – and then add tax.  Uhm…yah no. Leaving Field, we discovered a lovely stream that I believe was called Finn River, or something like that. It was almost that same green as Lake Louise, but it seemed to change with the light. I had to get a few photos of it.

the little hamlet of Field

see that beautiful green color?

looking downstream

From there we kept driving, and ended up here in Golden. This room was a bit more reasonable, even though there were no amenities to speak of. The hot tub wasn’t working, and it would’ve cost an extra $30 for a room with jacuzzi. Nope. Not gonna happen. We took the un-amenity room and were glad to get it. A restaurant in town took care of the tummy grumblies, and we are all settled in for a night’s hibernation. ZZZZZZZ

We did enjoy watching the terrain change as we left Edmonton this morning and headed south. The landscape went from almost flat to gently rolling, and then the mountains became visible in the distance as we passed Red Deer and headed toward Calgary. What an amazing view as we continued south, then turned westward toward Banff and Lake Louise. It seemed those mountains just popped right up in front of us! The beauty of this area takes my breath away every time I come through it. Nothing changed this time – lots of oohs and aahs continually escaped these lips. Good thing hubby did ALL the driving today!

mountains are barely visible, near Red Deer

never heard a roadside rest stop called a “Stopping House” before

still mostly flat, with some rolling hills

now the mountains are getting more visible – past Red Deer, heading to Calgary

more old barns, just north of Calgary

another of those birds I keep seeing and still don’t know what they are

look at that rock! split right down the middle for the road

just before Golden – getting late, and hubby is tired of driving

Well, y’all, that’s today in a nutshell. Or in a wordpress shell. Lord willing, we’ll have more fun tomorrow. Today was mostly a driveathon, with very little diversion other than stopping here and there for photos. That in itself is fun for me, but not such a great attraction to others I’m sure. Suits us, though. 🙂