Kananaskis Day Trip … Fall 2020 … continued

Into high meadows we went.
My guide and I.

Cold wind blew down off of the glaciers.
And I looked upon wonders.

I felt that no Whiteman had ever seen such things before.
And may never again.That night I camped under trillions of stars.
and watched magical lights dance across the heavens.
Green, gold and white.

And I cried.

Kananaskis Day Trip … Fall 2020

Blue Canadian Rockies / Wilf Carter / 1962

Last Fall we took a drive out to Kananaskis country-
that’s in the mountains.

It had beautiful up till then. But it soon turned cool and cloudy.
No matter – it’s the Rockies. And just like the sea,
they are beautiful in any weather.

Doesn’t take us long to get up there.
Calgary is only about and hour’s drive from the mountains.

How Kananaskis got it’s name: 

“One of the great explorers of the Canadian Rockies, Captain John Palliser, named the area on an expedition more than 150 years ago. He chose the name Kananaskis, derived from the name “Kin-e-a-kis,” a warrior who survived an axe blow to the head spurred by a fight
to win the attention of a woman.”
(That’s how I got my name!)

“Dang muskrats …”

So Palliser was about the first White guy to see this area.
That makes him some kind of Canadian hero,
though the natives had been up here for a few thousand years.

If Palliser was an American, there woulda been 18 movies about him.
But since he’s Canadian, nobody’s ever heard of him.
Including Canadians.

Town of Canmore … heading up.
Bit of rain starting …
Getting cloudy …
This must be the place …
Somebody was editing the signage …
No drones … watch out for bear.
Expensive bikes. Especially the one with a motor.
A grey escarpment

Up the valley – a gorgeous golden meadow.

to be continued …

A Muffin at MuckDonald’s … Part One

Apples Dipped in Candy / Mickey Newbury

I never planned on Retiring.
Retirement was for other people. Rich people … maybe?  *shrug*?
I’d just work. Till the end.
(Is that ‘Old School’? I don’t know.)
How could I Retire anyway? I had no money. Never did. Never cared about it.
It was finally my health that made the call. Type 2 Diabetes.
Never planned on that either.
I coulda ‘got by’ with my bad back and my hernia.
But it was the pain in my feet (the Diabetes) that took me down.
No blood circulation.
Though I only worked 4 hours a day/4 days a week I was standing all the time.
Gobbling Pain Killers. A lot.
Nobody noticed. Or cared.
But after 8 years – it was too much.

Finally … one day … Rose came up to me and said “I want you to Retire.”
It was a sign. LoL!
The jig was up.

So …….. here I am …
Not knowing what to do??
I’ve made no plans – have no ‘Retirement Dreams’.
Never thought about it …

My present routine is that I go out for a Coffee every day.
Sometimes to Tim Horton’s – sometimes to Muckdonald’s.

A Muffin at Muckdonald’s.

Ever seen this movie? I love this scene. Michael Douglas in Falling Down.


Part Two coming up …

Kimberley …rollin’ on…

The Gypsy Rover / The Highwaymen / 1961

Whenever I head out to the mountains I’m appalled at how much I’ve lost touch with the Earth – with Nature. I feel like a foreigner out there.
I suppose most City Folks could say that.
So I was very surprised to see a group (Pod? Herd?) of Mountain Goats
along the side of the road near Radium Hot Springs.

It used to be very rare to see a Mountain Goat.
Now it’s become fairly common.

Why have they come down from their lofty heights?

Climate change?

Something has changed …

A little further on …


It’s a parade!

The Eye of the Needle
– through a glass darkly

Another iconic Landmark.
The Pass to Radium Hot Springs.

Beyond Radium …

Into British Columbia

Chuggin’ on …

See you there

Computer Duffers …

Brother Richard and I play this golf game called Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf.
It’s not really Perfect, but is it is some fun.
And challenging.

Here’s some crazy shots that happened to us.

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Half assed golfer.
Steady now …
Nuthin’ to it …
Out of bounds ?? No such thing.
Provisional ?
I hit in here on purpose.
Not bad at all …

Kimberley or Bust …

Keep Searchin’ / Del Shannon / 1965

Ever had sunstroke? I have. Sunstroke can kill you.
Trust me.
Back in the early 70’s I got a job on road construction – Asphalt Paving.
It was 85 F the first 2 days. I got sunstroke.
This profoundly damaged my central nervous system.
I couldn’t get proper sleep for months.
Often it would take me up to 4 hours just GET to sleep.
Even then I didn’t get any rest.
Finally it abated. But that was a very tough time for me.
Don’t underestimate this kind of thing.

There’s a saying:

Tip: Let God in on the planning.
Things can then exceed anything YOU had in mind.

Heat that Kills

Severe Heat Alerts continue across the NW 
Why we never go to Arizona in the Summer.

You gotta know that a RECORD breaking Heatwave is going to profoundly affect everything you do – or plan. We saw the Heatwave coming, but we had already booked our accommodations in Kimberley weeks before so we couldn’t really change our plans without losing a pile of money.
We decided to go – hoping for the best.
And it turned out to be a really good idea.
Because in Kimberley we had air conditioned accommodations.
At home we didn’t. The heat back in our poor uninsulated house
was intolerable.
Staying in Kimberley allowed us to get valuable rest – in comfort.
That would not have been the case in Calgary.

On the Way to Kimberley

We see familiar icons.

The Rocky Mountains
The Three Sisters at Canmore, Alberta
Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park, Alberta
Castle Mountain / Mount Eisenhower, Banff, Alberta

And some mountains I can’t name …

Unidentified Mountain 2, Banff National Park, Alberta
Unidentified Mountain, Canadian Rockies
Unidentified Mountains, Canadian Rockies
Unidentified Mountain 3, Canadian Rockies

Next: Into Kimberley, BC

Heading into the BC Mountains.

Kimberley Bound

Northwest Explorer
Northwest Explorer by Michael Gnatek

We’re heading out to the British Columbia mountains for 4 days
– to a small town called Kimberley.
There’s 2 routes from Calgary to Kimberley.
The Blue route and the Grey route.
Not sure which way we’ll take,
but the Blue route is 4 minutes shorter!

So what are we going to do there?
I hope to at least take a side trip to a place
I visited many years ago called
Fort Steele.
Fort Steele is an historical pioneer park.

Fort Steele School Programs - Kootenay Rockies Tourism

It might still be closed because of Covid, but I’ve submitted my Covid Clearance Check and acquired a printout for admittance ???
So we’ll see.
Geez … I’ll sure be happy when this Covid thing is over.

Anyway … we’ll be back soon with a lot of pics …
Stay safe.


There’s gold around here …


Reblogged Silverado

Reblogged with permission from:


Westerns on the Blog

A blog dedicated to western movies

Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Along with Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider, Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado was supposed to breathe new life into the western genre in the mid-80s. It failed to do so. Reviews were positive, but moviegoers where underwhelmed. It did a lot better when released on video casette and was one of those movies that drew Hollywood’s attention to this new market.

The film’s story is classic western stuff: A cowboy named Emmett saves a man called Paden, who was left behind in the desert by bandits who had stolen all his possessions, including his horse and (worst of all) his hat. Emmett and Paden head for the town of Silverado, were Emmett was born. En route they pick up Emmett’s younger brother Jake, a womanizer and gunslinger, who invariably gets into trouble by courting the ladies and shooting their lovers (in self-defense, of course). They are joined by a fourth man, Mal, a former slave turned farmer, who is looking for the murderers of his father. The town of Silverado is dominated by the McKendriks clan, long-time enemies of Emmett’s and Jake’s family. The sheriff is one of Paden’s old ‘pals’, a guy with a very dubious background, and Mal also thinks the men he’s looking for are hiding out in the town of Silverado …

Silverado is a lot of fun to watch. The mosaic script may cause some confusion, but there’s plenty of action and in spite of a running time of more than two hours the movie is over before you know it. But if a movie aspires to revive a moribund genre, it must shed a new light on traditional genre elements, and this is exactly what Silverado fails to do. Like I have stated before, movies reflect as much the time in which they were made as the time in which they are set. If Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch was the prototypical American western of the late sixties, Silverado is the prototypical American western of the mid-eighties.

The Sixties were a period of change and turmoil, and the best westerns from the late Sixties, early Seventies, were preoccupied with themes such as the closing of the frontier and the transition to a new era (The Wild BunchMonte Walsh), the outlaw as a folk hero (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid) or the plight of the red man (Soldier BlueLittle Big ManUlzana’s Raid). The excessive violence in some of these movies was often interpreted as a reaction to the Vietnam war. It’s significant that several movies from the period featured juvenile character who were exposed to dangerous situations (The Culpepper Cattle Company, Bad Company).

Those movies weren’t all masterpieces, but they were thought-provoking, and dared to be dirty and violent. The American society was re-inventing itself, and so was that American genre par excellence, the western. The eighties were a decade characterized by a new national (nationalist) awareness. It also was a typical ‘bourgeois’ decade, hostile to true art. Like Roland Barthes stipulated in his classic study Mythologies, bourgeois society has two ways of dealing with art that challenges its nature: it either denies it, or tries to convert it. Silverado is very much a conversion, bourgeois style, of what the western had been in the previous decades. Instead of challenging and thought-provoking, Silverado is reassuring; it’s crammed with action, but it’s never dirty or nasty, it’s all clean fun for the entire family. People who usually do not love westerns, tend to love it more that fans of the genre.

The four leads are fine, but their motivations and actions are purely rhetorical. No wonder some of the supporting actors steal the show: Jeff Goldblume is well-cast as a perfidious card player and Brian Dennehy is a true delight as the corrupt sheriff of Silverado. There are also a nice cameo appearances by Linda Hunt and especially John Cleese as a sheriff who’s definitely not from these parts.


(1985 – Dir: Lawrence Kasdan – Cast: Kevin Kline (Paden), Scott Glenn (Emmett), Kevin Costner (Jake), Danny Glover (Mal), John Cleese, Jeff Goldblume, Rosanna Arquette, Brian Dennehy, Linda Hunt)


* (1) Don’t get this wrong: Art has no specific political color, it can be either left-wing or right-wing, but it is by definition challenging, thought-provoking.

Joshua Tree / Palm Springs revisited …

Where the Streets have no Name – U2

Somewhere in the High Desert  

Back in 2014, Rose and I did a flash tour of Joshua Tree National Park
near Palm Springs, California.

It’s a large Park.
The High Desert from ‘on high’.

Sadly, we only had a limited time that day
so missed out on a lot of things here.
Too bad – because we’re not likely to get back.
Make the most of your moments folks.

But it was still good.

Below: The Sign
I look sorta like Fred Couples – without the money.

Neither the graffiti or the bullet holes are mine Officer.

Now THAT is a hell of a Joshua Tree.

Joshua Tree National Park is famed for it’s amazing rock formations.
Many of them are named.

I named this one Rose’s Noodle.
I doubt that will catch on.


Chuckawalla Lizard

You can see a long ways in the high desert.

I could climb around in this stuff all day.

So what do you do after a hot day in the desert?

Dumb question.

Hope we can get back there and see all the stuff that we missed.

Art from the 70’s … June 2021

Jessica / The Allman Brothers Band / 1973
from the album Brothers and Sisters

You called?

Keep on Truckin’ …

Your point?

Heart and Soul wins the Prize

Who are those guys?

I cannot recall any Hockey team winning a Hockey Tournament after losing it’s first 3 games in Round Robin competition.
Can you?

If you ever needed any proof that Heart, Will, Desire and Hard Work
are more important that Skill, Talent, and Experience,
it was just provided by a group of Canadian Hockey Players
who just won the IIHF 2021 World Hockey Tournament
(International Ice Hockey Federation)
in Riga, Latvia.

Video Highlights:

After losing the first 3 games, these guys – most of whom I’ve never heard of? (they were NOT Stars!) -proceeded to win every game from then on – usually in Overtime or by a single goal.
A truly amazing feat.

That’s GOLD Baby!




Poppies !

As Tulips wane, Poppies rise.
Not shyly.

Once in the dream of a night I stood
Lone in the light of a magical wood,
Soul-deep in visions that poppy-like sprang;
And spirits of Truth were the birds that sang,
And spirits of Love were the stars that glowed,
And spirits of Peace were the streams that flowed
In that magical wood in the land of sleep.
– Sarojini Naidu

When you go for a walk, take seeds with you, poppies, rainbow chard, rocket. Plant them among the weeds in patches of wasteland. See what happens.
– Tom Hodgkinson

The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion. We reject the burden of their memory, and have anodynes against them. But the little things, the things of no moment, remain with us. In some tiny ivory cell the brain stores the most delicate, and the most fleeting impressions.
– Oscar Wilde

Or, bide thou where the poppy blows
With windflowers fail and fair.
– William C. Bryant

The poppies hung Dew-dabbled on their stalks.
– John Keats

Swimming at Oak Creek Crossing …


Sedona Spirit – Keith O’ Sullivan

Also called Red Rock Crossing.

Me at Oak Creek Crossing 2000?
Me at Oak Creek Crossing – 2000?

Back in the late 70’s (or early 80’s?) I went swimming at Oak Creek Crossing in Sedona, Arizona. But I believe a few people thought a was exaggerating because much of the time Oak Creek Crossing is shallow and there’s no obvious place you can swim. Yet I recently discovered several photos that prove my case.

Don’t forget your sunscreen / Net Photo
The water can be cool ... but that's good / Net Photo
The water can be cool … but that’s good / Net Photo
It’s no secret anymore / Net Photo
Net Photo

When I came here back in the 70’s I had Spiritual experiences here – and it was still pretty well unspoiled. I climbed up to Cathedral Rock and I felt like it was a secluded sacred moment – like nobody had ever been up here before. Now there are hiking trails that go up here and people all over the place. The Spell of Solitude is long gone.

Net Photo

But it’s beauty and mystique can never completely be destroyed.

Net Photo

Someday I hope to return.

Net Photo


Bob’s Birthday …

Bob Dylan / 80 years old / born May 24, 1941

My first impression of Bob Dylan back in 1962:
“This guy can’t sing.”
Bob wasn’t listening.

Some people Feel the rain. Others just get wet.
– Bob Dylan

Things have Changed / Bob Dylan / 2000

Bob Dylan Was Going to Quit Music But Then Wrote One of His Biggest Hits - Biography

Sorry Bob. I missed your birthday.

All I can be is me – whoever that is.
– Bob Dylan

Happy Birthday: Bob Dylan Today Celebrate His 79th Birthday - DireStraits

At times in my life the only place I have been happy
is when I am on stage.
– Bob Dylan

Play on.

Bob Dylan at the Enmore Theatre: Who is he now?

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door / Bob Dylan
written for the soundtrack of the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Bob Dylan painting called One Too Many / 2020

SILVERADO: Critical Showdown …

Because of it’s eminent re-watchability
I place Silverado as a Western Classic.
That’s how I judge these things.
Time usually tells the story.

Other opinions:

IMDB: “7.2” Not bad.

I’m a big fan of Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
because they also show the ‘Audience Score’
who aren’t encumbered by intellect.
They just know what they like.

MetaCritic: “64” out of 100.
Audience: “8” out of 10.
The audience got it.

ALLMOVIE: “4.5” out of 5.


Silverado / The Credits Quiz

The Credits quiz

The spectacular Silverado ensemble cast is revealed:

Here’s an alphabetical listing of opening Silverado Credits and Billing:

Rosanna Arquette
John Cleese
Kevin Costner
Brian Dennehy
Scott Glenn
Danny Glover
Jeff Goldblum
Linda Hunt
Lawrence Kasdan
Kevin Kline

The Quiz question is:
Without looking below, what order would you Bill the above Actors in the opening Silverado Screen Credits?
I ask this question because the Billing order is very often not what you’d figure it would be.
Try this quiz and you’ll see.

To me the order of Billing is always interesting.
Who gets Top Bill? – and the succeeding order.
It’s often not what you would think it would be.

Screen Images rom  “THE MOVIE STILLS COLLECTION” website: (http://annyas.com/screenshots/updates/silverado-1985-lawrence-kasdan/)

A Critical Showdown

Because of it’s eminent re-watchability
I place Silverado a Western Classic.
That’s how I judge these things.
Time usually tells the story.

Other opinions:

IMDB: “7.2” Not bad.

I’m a big fan of Rotten Tomatoes Reviews
because they also show the ‘Audience Score’
who aren’t encumbered by intellect.
They just know what they like.

MetaCritic: “64” out of 100.
Audience: “8” out of 10.
The audience got it.

ALLMOVIE: “4.5” out of 5.