Rainy day on Kootenay Lake:

Anyways, trying to get into a location to do some prospecting. 4 Trips, always running into snow. Finally, End of June, it should be clear.

Should be. It isn't. This is a major pain in the ass - 1 hour driving pavement, 1 hour on dirt road, another half an hour up a logging road to get to this:

It doesn't look so bad, but there's worse to come. I'm not giving up just yet, but I'll leave the jeep and proceed on foot, until finally:

Yeah. There's not going to be any prospecting done in this. So - next attempt will be August, fingers crossed the snow will be gone.

Meanwhile, stop and do some panning (promising), and take some pictures and smell the flowers. Lots of deer, 3 bears and 1 cub, and a porcupine:

And, finally, the Troll of The Meadows, always meant to stop and get a picture, finally did:

A trip back to Alberta, stop to visit a field of crosses between Cranbrook & Fernie - always wondered what happened:

Rumour has it there was a bad curve, lots of fatalities, since fixed on the highway. Alas, no answers here.

Alberta, Albertan, Unusually lush...

A sandstone butte in a field, on the right-hand side at the base there's a tunnel into the side, next time I'm going to have to jump the fence with a flashlight and see what's up there. Curious - an old root cellar? Indian Cave?

Nice antique chest in Thrift shop, Calgary.

Ferocious terrain to bushwhack through, high-stepping fallen trees, always at 45 degrees, always uphill, and not a trail in sight.

Car was moving, bears were moving, cub in tree...

Forgot to feed the meter, a $10.00 Ticket. Only in Nelson. Meanwhile, a couple of photos of their friendly meters...