A Few More Scenes from Banff and Jasper

Mt Athabasca
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada; MAY 2019

I shared some scenes from our trip to Canada last July. Today, I am going to share a few more. These are mountain peaks along the Icefields Parkway.

I included two images of something out of the ordinary for me. I am a closet lover of railroads and trains. Kicking Horse Pass crosses the Big Hill west of Banff, AB in Canada. It sets on the Continental Divide and on the Alberta/British Columbia border. When British Columbia joined Canada, a railroad was built across British Columbia. Crossing the Rocky Mountains presented a significant obstacle. The best solution at that time was to send the railway up Big Hill and over Kicking Horse pass. But that meant ascending and descending 1,070 feet on 4 ½% grade; i.e. for every 100 feet of horizontal distance the hill rose/fell 4 ½ feet. The doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is. Pay attention to the grade signs on highways when you drive. When in use, there were many accidents on this hill. The Canadian government eventually contracted to build the “Spiraling Tunnels”. The Spiraling Tunnels is a set of 2 tunnels and connecting roadbeds under the mountains to make the ascent and descent more gradual[i]. The images I have included shows a train entering one of the tunnels and later as the locomotive exits the tunnel while part of its train is still entering.


[i] Info from Kicking Horse National Historic Site, https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/yoho/culture/kickinghorse/visit/spirale-spiral

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Mount Thompson and Bow Peak
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada; MAY 2019
Mistaya Mountain
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada; MAY 2019
View from Icefields Parkway
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada; MAY 2019
View from Icefields Parkway – P2
Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada; MAY 2019
Train Entering “Spiraling Tunnels”
Spiraling Tunnels, Kicking Horse Pass, British Columbia, Canada; MAY 2019 Train Entering “Spiraling Tunnels”


Nose of Locomotive Emerging from “Spiriling Tunnels” While Remainder of Train is Entering.; Spiraling Tunnels, Kicking Horse Pass, British Columbia, Canada; MAY 2019

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A Winter Morning in the Gettysburg National Military Park

Confederate Rifles in Winter;
Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA; FEB 2019

A few weeks ago, we visited family in the Gettysburg, PA area.  While there, we were treated to some snow and very cold weather. On one early, sunny, morning we drove along Confederate Ave. The street. On Seminary Ridge, overlooks open meadows ringed with farms. The ridge top is where Confederate troops set up their artillery and was the starting point for many Confederate troop assaults. On July 3rd, 1863, it was the site of Pickett’s charge against the troops of Union General George C. Meade.

On this early morning, the guns laid quiet. Sunlight glistened on the icy snow while frost gave trees, weeds and other objects a silvery glow. Though snow adds a burden to our efforts to maintain a normal life and we grow tired of it after a time, a morning like this makes you slow down and appreciate the beauty that nature bestows in winter.

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Frosty Winter Morning;
Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA; FEB 2019
Parot Rifle in Winter;
Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, PA; FEB 2019

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