"The Lake District"

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Thursday, September 27, 2007

Wednesday, very sunny, very windy, did we say it's a bit windy in this part of Alberta?
Packed lunch and off we go to the lake district, well a big lake with some mountains in the background. The town of Waterton to be exact in the national park of the same name. It's about 90 minutes south west from here in Fort Macleod. A fantastic drive with those magnificent Rockies in our sights all the way,
I think we now have enough pictures of mountains to build our own (does a camera memory card get bigger or weigh more as you fill it with pictures?).

With all this wind around here you're never far from a wind farm but we didn't think they were a blot on the landscape, quite the contrary, they seem rather magnificent creatures with a life and soul of their own. Betsy thinks they are communicating with extra terrestrial life :)

Our route took us through the town of Pincher Creek (something about a cowboy loosing a pair of pinchers in the creek and them being found years later, obviously at the same time as they needed a name for the town).

We found the tourist information office in a log building that seemed closed, however it was well worth trying the door and finding it open, a hidden gem, a museum of local artifacts all on show with their stories. They were only there if there was some proof of their local interest. The building itself was from donated logs locally felled and each one had a brand on it from a local farm, the farmers paid for this privilege which in turn paid for the building costs - incredible.

We even found out about how important the wind farms are around here with a great web site to check out: http://www.visionquestwind.com/ go to the wind info button

Laden with leaflets we continued on into the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, to give it its full title. As you drive towards the town of Waterton you catch sight of the huge Prince of Wales Hotel built (1926/7) overlooking the lake that stretches down into Montana USA.

We picnicked on the lake shore below the hotel, there were a number of picnic benches however the wind howling up the length of the lake in front of us made the decision to stay in the car a wise one.

The only wildlife we saw were the deer roaming around the town and lakeside like the donkeys in Burley at home.

There are many walks/hikes within the park so we decided to walk off our lunch by tackling the "Bears Hump" the rise in elevation over the hike is just over 200 meters about 660 feet. Let me tell you the old heart got a good workout and the view at the top was well worth the puffing and panting :)

We felt quite pleased with ourselves until you realize this is about one tenth of the distance to the actual peak :(

Next was Red Rock Canyon - yes I know we went there from Vegas, well this is just a little one - it's red - it's rock and it's a canyon. Another walk, fairly level this time and only about 30 minutes - dinner was calling :)

On the way back we detoured a little into a buffalo paddock a bit like a safari park where you can drive round looking for the creatures wandering freely. Well they had wandered very freely, we only saw one :(

Thursday - we downloaded the soundtracks from that wind power website and did the tour. The tracks are well worth downloading and listening to even though you are not here with us.

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