Little girls at an outdoor concert, waiting for the music and dancing to begin. What fascinated me about these youngsters is that they all wear their hair at a similar length and pretty much in the same style.
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It started raining as we drove away from Invermere (Tuesday, July 12). Even so, the views on our drive to Radium Hot Springs were spectacular, with the outlines of the distant hills softened by mist.
Radium Hot Springs is outside of the town of Radium. It’s a Parks Canada-managed park. Maybe that’s why the grounds and the building that house the facilities look frumpy—old and in need of a facelift.
I don’t know exactly what I expected of the hot springs. Maybe some steaming sylvan pool in the cedars, bordered by ferns, outdoorsy and romantic. That’s not what this is.
A bath in the hot springs involves a soak in a turquoise pool that looks for all the world like a giant hot tub. (I didn’t take photos because I can’t imagine unsuspecting takers-of-the-waters would appreciate finding their creamy guts and thighs displayed on a stranger’s blog.)
However, this lovely mural (behind glass), in the building’s lobby, pictures Radium Hot Springs more like I had imagined them.
Thirty-six kilometres from Radium Hot Springs are the Fairmont Hot Springs. We drove there next.
These springs have been commercially developed. The hot pool is on the grounds of the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort with lots of cabins, timeshares, and camping facilities all around. Even on this cloudy day, the lineup to get into the pool was long.
Behind the hotel hubby and I found a bridge that took us over a stream. On the other side we descended to a path that followed the watercourse.
Splattering falls sprayed from the cliff-top, tumbling and dripping over the mossy rocks. At one point we noticed what looked like crude bowls someone had constructed to catch the hot spring-warmed water.
This detail of the above photo shows the lower pool quite clearly.
There was another pool further up (judging from this trio of disembodied heads, visible about the rocks). It looked to us like the gents used a crude log bridge to cross the stream to get to their authentic hot spring experience.
By now it was time for lunch.We walked back to the parking lot, found a table on the Fairmont grounds and ate the picnic we had brought with us in our cooler.
Before heading to my sister’s home in Kimberley, we made one more stop—at Canal Flats. We didn’t find much of stores or interesting shops in this sleepy sawmill town. But we did follow some “Beach” signs. They led us eventually to this groomed and tidy beach on Columbia Lake. It was pretty much deserted, except for a parking lot attendant, who was there to make sure all users paid. We assured her we were “just looking” and quickly skedaddled.
We left Red Deer Sunday morning, July 10th and headed west—destination Invermere, B.C. Soon we saw the mountains again (Rockies) and then we were in them.
Invermere is a town in the Columbia River Valley of B.C. between the Purcell and Rocky Mountain ranges. It sits right on Windermere Lake, which has a reputation of being one of the warmest lakes in the Columbia Valley.
After getting local maps at the Visitor Centre and checking into our downtown motel, we went to find that lake. A 15-minute or so walk took us there. On this sunny July day, lots of people were taking advantage of the warm water.
We wandered away from the beach to another smaller body of water nearby—Dorothy Lake. It had its own population of bathers and sun-worshippers—a log full of painted turtles. Nearby we also saw some of these critters (marmots? prairie dogs?)
We sauntered back to town and down Sunday-lazy 7th Avenue (the main street), stopping along the way at a treat shop for an ice-cream in a fresh made still-warm waffle cone. Later that night we ate at Safta’s Middle Eastern Restaurant (where hubby tasted his first falafel balls) while listening to the opening act of the restaurant’s music open mic. (Later in the evening, judging by the number of cars parked around, the place filled up quite nicely.)
The refreshing cool air of Monday morning invited us to explore more of the main street. Again we passed and petted “Rusty the Moose” (Sculpture by Jeff Fleming).
Further along we came upon a strange sight—a gully right in the middle of town. “Pothole Park” the sign informed us. It turns out this is a souvenir from the ice age. The sign board read:
“Pothole Park features a unique landform called a Glacial Kettle. Kettles are created when blocks of ice break loose from glaciers (like giant ice cubes) and are left behind. When the ice blocks melt a “hole” is left and this is called a kettle. Some kettles fill with water while others stay dry, grow trees, grass, shrubs and provide an interesting place for people and animals to enjoy—such as our very own Pothole Park.”
Right next to Pothole Park is Invermere’s B.C. Spirit Square. Its centerpiece is a monument to the pioneers. On each of four sides are relief sculptures illustrating scenes from B.C.’s history. On the top stands David Thompson, quadrant in hand, peering into the distance (Thompson was known as “The man who measured Canada.”) Next to him is his Aboriginal wife Charlotte Small Thompson.
At the end of 7th Ave. we found Invermere’s museum. Though it wasn’t open when we arrived I could take interior photos of some of the buildings just fine by holding my camera up to the windows. (Click on any photo to enlarge)
Before we left, the museum lady opened up and we browsed the collection. Some of my favourite pieces were puzzle blocks (I had a set when I was little) and this lovely old Singer, along with Simplicity patterns, reminding me of my mother.
Then it was back to the motel to pack up, check out, and carry on with our Kootenay adventure which was off to a great start!
The Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer Alberta is a weekend of wall-to-wall music. If you enjoy the various flavours of gospel music, it’s definitely the place to be in western Canada each early July (this year July 7-9).
Here are some of the highlights from this year’s Celebration.
The Pilkey Sisters
These ladies from our part of the world (Abbotsford, B.C.) know how to harmonize! We first heard them (and loved them) at the 2015/16 New Year’s Eve concert in Chilliwack. On Friday night they didn’t disappoint. They recently released a CD!
The Freedom Singers with their rich voices and incredible story of escape via shipping container from persecution in Romania are also sort of local (Kelowna, B.C.). I recently read Simon Ivascu’s story, The Price of Freedom. Gripping! (My review is HERE.)Southern Raised are four siblings, classically trained musicians from Branson, Mossouri. They play their collection of instruments (bass, banjo, mandolin, violin, and guitar) with energy, skill, and joy. I loved their get-up. They reminded me of a troupe of roving troubadours.
The Jim Brady Trio (Springhill Tennessee) was a new group to me, though I’ve heard Jim before when he sang with the Booth Brothers. The first night the guys came on stage wearing hockey jerseys. Apparently their luggage never arrived with them and so they picked up concert wear at one of the local sports shops.
They’re a group with a warm stage presence and a great sound. I enjoyed them a lot at the Friday morning chapel. There Mrs. Jim (Melissa) told a touching story about how her grandma came to Jesus after years and years of holding out. Love those personal touches!
In fact, the Friday and Saturday morning chapels (where a time of audience singing and worship is followed by a mini-concert from one of the groups and then a message from Chilliwack Pastor Leon Throness) were two of my favourite segments of the weekend.
These chapels add a practical spiritual challenge and grounding to the fun musical weekend.
The Triumphant Quartet (Pigeon Forge, Georgia) were our chapel singers on Saturday morning.
The Ball Brothers (Chickamauga, Georgia) are another favourite group of mine. They do such great harmony and can they ever rock it a-capella!
Hernie Haas & Signature Sound (Stow, Ohio) are a lot of fun to listen to and even more fun to watch—but impossible to photograph. They never stand still. But I tried anyway!
Another lovely group is Double Portion (the Hemmerling family) from North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Not only do they sound great but they’re so cute! And there are lots of them. Though this photo is full, we’re still missing the young man on the drums.
Speaking of families (Southern Gospel is sure full of them!), we were privileged to have one of Southern Gospel’s classics—The Hoppers (Madison, North Carolina). After hearing about Connie’s recent battle with cancer and Claude’s stroke, it’s really a miracle they could all be here and seemingly in great shape!
There were many other wonderful groups too, but I’ll stop there.
I love it when on the last concert night, things loosen up and the stage action gets casual and cooperative. In these shots, members of various groups were joining in on the stage action.
Altogether, it was a wonderful weekend. We left feeling uplifted—and singing!
My husband and I love to travel close to home. Over the years some of our favourite holidays have been exploring small town (and city) B.C.
We did that again this year—focusing on the Kootenay area of the province. But first we took in a weekend of gospel music in Red Deer, Alberta.
Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some of our summer 2016 scenes and experiences here on the photo blog.
Today we’ll start with the beginning of our journey which began way back on July 6th. This leg will take us from home (Fraser Valley) through Salmon Arm, Golden, and into Alberta.
We left early in the morning of the 6th in time to have midmorning coffee with friends in Salmon Arm. I love the homey touches they’ve added to their property—like these seats and beautiful gardens. (For coffee, we had fresh raspberries from their bountiful food garden!)
Our next stop was Revelstoke where we wandered into the Modern Bakeshop Cafe for a late lunch. How about this veggie sandwich on artisan bread and the massive and wonderful cookie that we shared?
The mountains between Revelstoke and Golden are majestic. There are no end of beautiful vistas.
Rocky Mountains 2 at Rogers Pass (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)
We had made a motel reservation for the night in Golden. There we discovered there was to be an evening concert in the town square. After dinner we wandered over to enjoy the outdoor music. The jazzy vibe of Laura Landsberg and her band had us all tapping our toes and many—young and old—up dancing.
We began the next day with a walk along the Kicking Horse River. It was a chilly morning but so beautiful.
Then it was into Alberta. The No. 1 highway through the Banff National Park has many of the structures pictured below–bridges that wildlife use to cross the highway.
More B.C. travels and summer memories in the days ahead
A year ago I got an orchid as a gift. It was gorgeous and I enjoyed every minute of its blooming. In summer it even put out a second set of blossoms.
Then fall came along and all action ceased. The plant looked dead.
I cut off its gangly stem, kept it in the north window, moist but not too wet and hoped that I’d see life again.
A few weeks ago, it sent out a shoot from the piece of stem that was left. Yaay! Every day I’ve watched the changes. It’s now working on the beginnings of four to six orchids.
Today my orchid’s largest bud is my photo for YOUNG.
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Next Week the challenge is: WARM (Sunny, Pleasant, Warm Colors, Food, Drink,…)
We saw these downy grey cygnets on a pond in West Vancouver on June 4th. Apparently they are left with the parents until they are a bit older and are then moved to a body of water with more space.
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This large “toy” is on Harrison Lake, B.C. It looks like a wonderful place to cool off on a hot summer day! (Click on any photo to enlarge.)
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Today’s Thursday Challenge photo prompt is: “BLACK” (Dark, Night, Shadows, Shade, Gloom,…)
If you come from my part of the world, you’ll recognize this building–the B.C. Legislature. The shot was taken through a window, which explains the ceiling lights and frames. I like the touch of surrealism those errant reflections give to the shot.
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Next Week’s Challenge: LARGE (Tall, Long, Big, High,…)
Today’s photo challenge is “FLIGHT” (Bird, Insect, Jet, Airplane, Seeds,…) I captured these bubbles in flight on one of the beaches in Stanley Park, in June of 2014. I’m not sure what sort of soap solution one uses to make such gigantic bubbles!
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NEXT WEEK: BLACK (Dark, Night, Shadows, Shade, Gloom,…)