Trees. A short drive north of Colorado Springs is the area called Black Forest. From the air, the trees are so thick the area appears black. But how did it get its name? This hike is called Section 16 in Black Forest. We have other areas called Section 16, so what does this name mean? The Romans first … Continue reading Four Miles of Trees
I am Taz the Wonderdog! I go with my people to the ‘Open Space’, after the Park visit, which is a big cleared dirt path in our neighborhood area with no sidewalks or homes when we want a long walk. We go together three miles – most of which I am illegally off leash. I have learned … Continue reading Friends, Strangers, Watch it!
The foothills of the Canadian Rockies are similar to the foothills of the Colorado Rockies: mountains in the distance, blue skies, cold wind, water flowing in streams and rivers, and flat plains in the distance. After leaving Canmore and heading for Calgary, we headed south to the Kananaskis Valley and ski area. Once again we warned not … Continue reading Hike in Kananaskis
This 3-mile hike Bow River hike started in town and ended in an open field with old abandoned miners equipment and houses in the distance. The field is a favorite place for the elk to access the river and to bed down in relative safety for the night. We saw no wildlife as we headed back … Continue reading Bow River Hike – ELK
The Bow River in Canada has a total length of 587 km (365 mi) and flows from the Canadian Rockies through the town of Lake Louise down to Banff, and the less famous town of Canmore. We walked along the Bow River on wonderfully paved and unpaved path that led us away from town. We had been warned … Continue reading Bow River Hike #1
Bunnies: There are bunnies everywhere, especially black ones. They have no fear of people and can be seen downtown, on side streets and grassy fields. There was a local movement to kill the overpopulating bunnies because they have no natural predators. The people of Canmore took the bunnies into their homes until the purge stopped and then let them … Continue reading Canada, Hey??!! Part Two
I am always fearful when I start walking or driving on an unknown mountain road. Will the road be bumpy? Is it well maintained? Is there danger? Is there any telephone in case we need help? The answer to all four questions was yes. The scenery was stunning with wide blue lakes bordered by mountains covered in … Continue reading Spray Lake Fear
Travel allows us to appreciate our home area and to find fascinating differences in the place we visit. Canada certainly has similarities to America in language, TV and brands at the grocery store. Unique offerings of Canada include marvelous street crosswalks, bunnies throughout the town of Canmore, healthy trees and golden Larch evergreens, and a mix … Continue reading Canada, Hey??!!
But he brought his people out like a flock; he led them like sheep through the wilderness. He guided them safely, so they were unafraid; Isaiah 78:52-53 NIV When you see wildlife on or near the road, what do you do? The 1A, Bow Valley Parkway, is a back road between Banff and Canmore, Canada that … Continue reading Wild Beasts are the Best
Everyone knows of it. It is ubiquitous for volcanic eruptions in the world. Everyone has heard of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius, covering Pompeii with 19 feet (6 meters) of flowing ash, burying everyone and everything in AD 79. It was not truly searched until it was archeologically explored in early 1800s. The sheer size of the … Continue reading Pompeii – No Words are Adequate