17 June 2010

Around Rycroft and Beyond

There's always something special about visiting our roots. On Daniel's birthday we enjoyed the view from Mike Dika's cabin on White Mountain -- where you can see for miles and miles (or as Canucks say, kilometers and kilometers). The nearby town of Sexsmith had its annual Chautauqua Day June 5, with a parade down main street complete with a vintage police car, trucks and tractors.
The bridge across the Peace River north of Rycroft replaced the ferry 50 years ago, and the historic site at Fort Dunvegan has a lot of new reconstruction -- this style of log fence is over a century old.
The town of Chetwynd has an international chainsaw carving festival where we spent the day. The buzz of chainsaws, the smell of cedar, and results were quite spectacular.
On June 11 we left Rycroft and spent one night at Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park in the Rocky Mountains. We soaked our bods and luxuriated in the mountains, a nice contrast to the flat prairie.