Our troop landed in Seattle and had already seen Victoria and Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island before we got to the city of Vancouver. My admiration of curiosities drew me to the steam powered clock in the section of Vancouver they call Gastown. The clock was built as a tourist attraction in 1977 and seems to work as a people magnet. Power for the clock comes from the central heat distribution pipes below the streets.
But after a day and night in Vancouver, we hopped the train headed through the Rockies for Banff National Park. It was a leisurely ride. We never got in any hurry. And had plenty of time to see sights we don't get to see in our part of the country rumble into view from in front of us and rumble out of view behind us.
I'll have to admit that I hadn't studied up on my geography before the trip. What's to study? We were going to the Canadian Rockies. And I understand what the Rocky Mountains are. So I was fairly surprised when we came into a desert. I hadn't anticipated a desert in Canada. But there it was.
Next day, after an overnight in Kamloops, we got in some spectacular scenery. Towering mountains took up a great portion of the sky over our heads while blue glacier-fed creeks and rivers ran beside us, of fell over ledges down below us.
And as enjoyable as the views were on the train, once we got to Banff and got out on the ground again and could sit still and soak in the scenery, it was even better. Moraine Lake with its turquoise water tented by rock powder that had been ground to dust by glacier ice, that when melted, formed the lake and brought the color from the rock dust with it. This is maybe the most famous of the Banff Park lakes, Lake Louise.
You know, given the chance, this is what I could do for a living, be a travel photographer full time. Hop a plane at Jackson and fly somewhere and tour around for a few days and then come back home and digest what I had seen. Edit some stories about it and couple my thoughts with the pictures and then pack up and go again.
And I sort of get the chance to do that this week as we head out for the Grand Canyon. I'll have my camera, of course. And have a whole lot of show and tell for you when we get back.
Friday, May 24 2013 12:22 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:22:29 GMT
James Hutto interrupted his own capital murder trial Tuesday morning, angry that judge Bill Gowan decided against the admissibility of certain evidence. "None of that matters? F***. I don't give a f***More >>
A capital murder case defendant, known for his abrasive outbursts and odd behavior in court, entered court Friday morning with a limp. James Hutto told Judge Bill Gowan that he needed to be excused for the day because the shackles on his legs had been irritating his skin. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:56 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:56:47 GMT
Robert Nikita Shegog, a former Jackson police officer is facing federal bribery charges. Court documents show that Shegog is charged with demanding and accepting bribes valued at more th an $5,000 betweenMore >>
Robert Nikita Shegog, a former Jackson police officer, is facing federal bribery charges. Court documents show that Shegog is charged with demanding and accepting bribes valued at more than $5,000 between December 2009 and September 2010.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:33 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:33:13 GMT
A battle of words from the attorneys representing Jackson Police Officer Terrance Crump and Shane Patrick. Crump's attorney Warren Martin says Patrick yelled racial slurs when walking out of the store.More >>
A battle of words from the attorneys representing Jackson Police Officer Terrance Crump and Shane Patrick has sparked after both parties claim they were the victim in a fight at an Edwards gas station. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:45:01 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police. An orange circle marks the pointMore >>
A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police.More >>
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TAMPA, FL (WTSP/CNN) – Authorities in Tampa, FL, made a startling discovery during a foreclosure eviction. Police found 66-year-old James Hopkins living on the property that belonged to someone else. TheyMore >>
Authorities in Tampa, FL, made a startling discovery during a foreclosure eviction.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:13 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:13:14 GMT
Two elementary school girls were allegedly sexually assaulted by another female student. One incident happening while the two girls were at school. Two mothers are now speaking out about their daughters.More >>
Two Jackson mothers are speaking out after they say their daughters were sexually assaulted by another female student. One of the incidents allegedly happened at school.More >>
A New Jersey company that operates 13 TGI Fridays restaurants accused of secretly replacing premium liquor with low-quality booze says it's shocked at the allegations.More >>
At one bar, a mixture that included rubbing alcohol and caramel coloring was sold as scotch. In another, premium liquor bottles were refilled with water - and apparently not even clean water at that.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-23 23:05:30 GMT
A Jackson Public School district principal has had her license suspended for one year. Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson is the principal at Watkins Elementary school.A spokesperson for the Mississippi DepartmentMore >>
A Jackson Public School district principal has had her license suspended for one year. Dr. Lisa Andrus-Johnson is the principal at Watkins Elementary school.More >>
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