Saturday, 15 February 2014

Feb 15 ,2014 Destinations Unknown At First!

Woke up this morning to a bit of sunshine and a bit milder temperatures.  Didn't have any plans, knew I should "clean" and do "laundry" but didn't feel like it.  Car was calling so headed out to destinations unknown.  Headed south (at least I think that was the direction, no water here so I can't tell 
N, S, E or W)!  

Drove through this little place called Nanton and managed this time to get a neat picture of the planes at the museum.

Nanton Air Museum

Nanton Museum
Kept heading South ???? stopped in High River 
(hit very hard by the floods of 2013).
Tim's for a coffee!  Here are a couple images of High River and the devastation!
High River, AB...Flood devastaion 2013

Flood of High River 2013.  Some people lost everything,
homes damaged and later torn down. 

After stopping at Tim's for a coffee, we continued heading 
South (??) and eventually made a turn West 
towards the mountains.  I must admit they are beautiful and 
just about every turn is a post card view.  

Drive to Crowsnest Pass

Another view of the Rocky Mountains
Postcard Picture of the Rockies, taken by me!

We kept driving and came upon a place called Frank Slide...I had never heard of this before....I'll post a little bit of info here on what happened...and the tragedy of 1903.

The Frank Slide was a rockslide that buried part of the mining town of Frank, Northwest Territories, Canada, on the morning of April 29, 1903. It occurred at 4:10 am, when over 82 million tonnes (90 million tons) of limestone rock slid down Turtle Mountain within 100 seconds, obliterating the eastern edge of Frank, the Canadian Pacific Railway line and the coal mine. It was one of the largest landslides in Canadian history and remains the deadliest, as between 70 and 90 of the town's residents were killed, most of whom remain buried in the rubble. Multiple factors led to the slide. Turtle Mountain's formation left it in a constant state of instability, leading area Native tribes to call it, "the mountain that moves". 
Coal mining operations may have weakened the mountain's internal structure, as did a wet winter and cold snap on the night of the slide.

The above rock/debris field was at the top of the mountain.  
The section that broke was 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) wide, 425 metres (1,394 ft) high and 150 metres (490 ft) deep.  
Witnesses to the disaster claimed it took about 100 seconds for the slide to reach up the opposing hills, indicating the mass of rock traveled at a speed of about 112 kilometres per hour (70 mph).

 This is all debris field that came from the top of the mountain.  There are bodies, homes, stables, etc, all buried under all      these rocks.
                                                                    The Frank Slide

Continuing on the journey crossing over the Alberta border to BC, into Sparwood.  I couldn't figure out why anyone would go there....and then I saw it! 

                         that's a truck!

                                 I look like a midget next to these rubbers!

      Look UP...Look Way UP!  Wonder how one gets into this               truck.  Apparently there is one that DH saw at the plant 
                                    that is bigger than this!
  Saw this Old Fashioned covered wagaon at the entrance to a                          ranch on the drive back to Calgary.
      Can never resist taking pictures of these drilling machines.
                                         One final picture of the Mountains!  

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great day!! LOVE the colour of that truck!!