Day Trip to Aspen Crossing …

9 Jun


kingston trio / fast freight

Rose got this notion to do a Day Trip to Aspen Crossing, about an hours drive south of Calgary.

There’s lots of things to do at Aspen Crossing, but we were only interested in going for a bite at the John Diefenbaker Dining Car.

Lotsa room to park.

I parked just across the road.

Gift Shop and Garden Centre

The Diefenbaker Dining Car

All Aboard !! Katie and Rose

Nice.

We go for the breakfast buffet.

Very nice. Even BBQ Beef Ribs. 

Coulda had a Diefenburger though.
Next time … 

 Never saw a rooster … 
but spotted an Indian.

Not a real train.

Not real Gnomes.

 In the Gift Shop I seek out Pappy – my Consultant.
Pappy gives Free Advice – for a dollar.
I pay up.
Pappy says:
“Hard work will pay off eventually.
But goofing off works immediately.”
Thanks Pappy.

Just then the Train rolls in …

Looks pretty good. 

Meanwhile … 

… Rose is driving another car into the ground.

Homeward …

 

Clint …

8 Jun


Rawhide … Frankie Laine

Found this image of Clint from Rawhide … 

Tried a few things with it …
but … 

Alberta Tornado …

4 Jun

“Darn dandelions … ” 

This photo is for real.

Seems like we’re getting more and more tornadoes up here as years go by. They used to be almost unheard of.
Yet …

Wikipedia: “The Pine Lake, Alberta tornado was a deadly tornado in central Alberta which occurred on July 14, 2000 and struck a campground and a trailer park. Twelve people were killed, making it the first deadly tornado in Canada since 1987, when an F4 tornado killed 27 people in Edmonton Alberta and injured 300+”

This was classed as a Category One – the lowest rating – and caused only minimal damage.

Now upgraded to F2 they say …

 

 

 

Memorial …

3 Jun

Belated

Thank You …

Our Friends

Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 8 / Under the Tonto Rim / 1933

3 Jun

Source: Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 8 / Under the Tonto Rim / 1933

Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns / Part 8 / Under the Tonto Rim / 1933

2 Jun


greg allman

Henry Hathaway / Director of Westerns
Under the Tonto Rim / 1933

MISTAKEN for a ‘BAD MAM’
— and he had to live up to it!

Director Henry Hathaway was 35 years old in 1933.

Storyline:

      Tonto Daley (Erwin) A complete failure as a ranch cowhand – then a chuck wagon driver, his embarrassment is total after accidentally causing a wagon to tip over and his boss’s daughter Nina Weston to fall into a creek.

      He hits the trail with his tail between his legs, taking a job from Porky and Tom to become a hog farmer. He is miserable and lonely, and things get worse when former foreman Munther tries to railroad Tonto in the rustling of some cattle. He finds out Porky and Tom are in on it, and Nina becomes Tonto’s ally in the fight to make things right.

Then things finally take a turn …

      Under the Tonto Rim (1933) seems to be almost a lost movie. I could find no Trailers – or clips – and very few reviews.

From buffoon to hero, Tonto gets the gal (Verna Hillie).

Caterwauling cowboysVerna Hillie with unidentified steed.

Stuart Erwin

Between 1928 and 1968 Erwin appeared in about 120 movies.
He specialized in playing the average Joe, hayseeds
and semi-buffoonish sidekicks.
But was best as boxer Joe Palooka of comic strip fame (Palooka,1939)
and as Judy Garland’s dense brother in Pigskin Parade (1936),
which earned him an Academy Award nomination.
 Under the Tonto Rim / Zane Grey / 1926

Verna Hillie

Verna Hillie (5 May 1914 – 3 October 1997) was an American film actress. She starred opposite John Wayne in the 1934 films The Star Packer and The Trail Beyond. She made 19 movies in her career.

Four days on ‘The Island’ —- The Salish Sea

29 May


i write the songs

The morning regimen:

Hardtack and a few berries.

On the way to the Aquarium …

… I spot an old Seadog.

Quickly I don my Snake Plissken eyepatch
and Capn’ Hook mustache for a photo op!!

We finally make to the Aquarium.

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

The entrance is impressive.  Reminds me of the
Nautilus submarine from Walt Disney’s version of
Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)!
One of my favorite movies!

The Salish Sea covers quite an area. 

The Aquarium is quite small really – by Aquarium standards. I’ve been
in some huge ones – like in Vancouver or Monterey. But it has a
lot of features aimed at children.

Octopus on the glass.

There be whales here.

3 old dogs downtown. 

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