A Different World

We have just returned from a week in Fernie, British Columbia. We have skied there for the past several years and we were really looking forward to this week, particularly after such a pathetic ski season here in the east.

As you can see, they had a huge snow year. Unfortunately, when we arrived, we brought with us a solid week of heavy, sticky snow and rain. Most of the upper mountain was closed because of the extreme avalanche danger. We skied, but it was tough and often unpleasant in the rain. I spent some time in the little former mining town of Fernie, which is real and not some touristy fake alpine village.

On our way back to Calgary, Alberta, we detoured to the US border and checked out Waterton National Park, which is next to Glacier National Park in Montana. Of course, the weather improved as we were leaving, so I got to take some decent photos at last.

Look at the incredible color of this lake.

And this water is a completely different blue -almost black.

The slightly tacky village of Waterton had yet to awaken for the summer season, so the streets still belonged to the mule deer.

We left the mountains and headed to Calgary, across endless stretches of grazing land.

In contrast to the flamboyant flowering back home in RI, spring was just beginning here. Definitely a different world.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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7 Responses to A Different World

  1. Wendy says:

    how beautiful! it’s been so long since I’ve skied, but I do remember skiing in a rain. not too fun.


  2. Lib says:

    I can just breathe the fresh air in Waterton. Hope you had fun even though the skiing wasn’t ideal.


    • dirtynailz says:

      It was ok, but we travelled thousands of miles to ski, so it was kind of a bummer. We have always had great weather until this year, so I guess we were due….


  3. MT says:

    I’m so envious. I didn’t ski at all this year as I had an operation on my hand. And I haven’t been out west since 2000.
    I’m soooo envious. But no matter what the weather, the Canadian rockies are always a beautiful sight.


  4. cj wright says:

    Welcome home, DN! I enjoyed your savvy substitutes in your absence. Now it’s time to get down to bizness. No more vacation for you! Hit the dirt!


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