In July, we made a road trip to Alberta and Saskatchewan.
|As we headed north, after a rainy night it was misty. The Fraser and Columbia Rivers were close to flooding in some areas.|
We stopped at Blue River and were amazed to see these huge grizzlies wrestling outside a Chevron gas station. We drove straight through from the coast and arrived in Edmonton at twilight.
We spent a pleasant day with Tony's cousin Donald. We visited the largest garden shop, Hole's Greenhouse', I've ever seen. It also had a restaurant, home equipment shops and specialty foods.
|We visited my brother and enjoyed a Beaumont sunset.|
|This 'drop in band' plays for the joy of playing. In some cases there were three generations.|
|Another cousin: Brian with Doreen and his daughter Sharon. Below is Brian's son Larry|
|A newer technology for the farm.|
Some equipment was bigger than the homestead houses of the past!
|Grain elevators are sometimes dismantled and moved, this one was too well built ... it was moved intact!|
|An historic Stone Church , built 1881, is near Wishart. It was an English Church in a land of Catholic Churches. The church has serious cracks and is needing funds for restoration.|
|This trip was a large circle with only a few days in each area. However, in the tiny town of Foam Lake ... I found a great little quilt shop!|
|An amazing amount of dragonflies were throughout Saskatchewan. It seems that swarms of mosquitoes had enabled the dragonflies to multiply exponentially..|
|Ukrainian Orthodox Churches still stand in many small towns. They need to have a few services a year to maintain their tax exemption. Many are in need of restoration, but some are still operating.|
We continued on our way to Yorktown to visit Brian and Doreen. On my husband's wish list was to see the Veregin Heritage Site.
|The great great house is in the center of the compound, surrounded by old residences that are now each a specialized museum.|
|There is a museum museum office with historical displays. This quilt celebrates the Doukhobor faith and society.|
|Many of the rooms were set up to reflect life in the community.|
|A reminder that household chores were different then!|
|My grandparents had a cream separator very similar to this.|
|The tourists enjoying a picnic!|
|Another breathtaking sunset as we headed down to Lethbridge.|
|We visited the town of Raymond where an aunt had been hospitalized and found a photo of her working on a quilt!|
|Still more elevators! They are quickly disappearing ... unused and at risk of decay. One had children playing, even though the sign indicated danger. The towns closely identify with them ... like a signpost on the endless prairie.|
|My friend Rose makes beautiful jackets of nano felting. She sells at the Christmas Circle Craft Fair in Vancouver and two others: Calgary and Toronto.|
We left Lethbridge and travelled north to Canmore. Below you see the foothills in the distance.
|Indian Paintbrush and daisies spotted the grass around the lake.|
|Delicate blue drangonflies were emerging on the grass by the water.|
|Late shadows laced across the pathways.|
|The Three Sisters.|
|We once again visited my brother Ralph. Also visiting, my brother Wayne's wife Jennifer and their kids: Russ and Shannon.|
|Another few days and we headed west, through the rockies.|
|A snow shed creates interesting perspective.|
|The sand cliffs near Kamloops.|
|As we headed home via the Cochohalla Hwy and stopped at Merritt for dinner. The town is known for its Country Music Festival. The town had many murals on their buildings.|
|The low hills of the Kariboo lead to the coastal mountains and home!|