Neil (nt) wrote,
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Yesterday I picked up a rental car around 8:30 a.m., then headed off with L to the Crowsnest Pass in southwest Alberta.

We stopped at The Chuckwagon in Turner Valley for breakfast. I had steak and eggs with perogies, toast and jam, coffee with cream. The heart smart breakfast.

From there we headed south through the foothills to the Pass. In addition to the great Rocky Mountain scenery, the Crowsnest Pass is known for its old coal mining towns. The mines have long been closed for economic reasons. Some towns were simply abandoned, and others continued to service the tourist industry. One town, Frank, was destroyed in a landslide in 1903.

We went as far as Crowsnest Lake, stopping at a number of places along the way -- Lundbreck Falls, the Burmis tree, the ruins of Leitch Collieries, the Frank Slide and the town of Coleman. The weather was near perfect for travel, sunny and warm. I did a bit more driving than I like (533 kilometers), but it was an enjoyable day nonetheless.

I will post pics later. I'm typing this up quickly before going to work. My ISP was being flaky last night (and earlier this morning) and I couldn't post then.
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