Thursday, 22 August 2019

Another shot of Siffleur Falls

The falls are a little deceptive. The river gets squeezed into a narrow gorge and there is a sharp drop to the bottom. I could not get a shot of of bottom to show the height of the falls.

Siffleur Falls

August 18, 2019 hike to Siffleur Falls west of Nordegg, Alberta. Hiked here with a friend.

My friend and I had tried this hike a couple of years ago. We had been at a different waterfall - Crescent Falls - before coming here. The problem was we got here too late in the day and did not make it to Siffleur Falls. We kept saying that we were going to go back and make it to the falls. It might have become a running joke between us. About a week ago I suggested it and my offer was accepted.

This is a neat hike. The suspension foot bridge is close to the parking lot. The bridge crosses the North Saskatchewan River.

Next is the boardwalk through an ecologically sensitive area.

Another footbridge.

There are signs warning you that you are in bear country. Never saw one.

The river is squeezed into a narrow space. The trail is along the top. The water does look turquoise.

The first set of falls is about 4km from the parking lot.

The trail goes on from the first set of falls.

Wonderful scenery in this part of Alberta.

The second set of falls, about 2.5km from the first set. I actually was not far from the third set which was about a further 1.5km from here. Not far from the second set of falls the trail kind of fades out. Not being familiar with the area I was not going to go through brush to see how far we could get.

The weather was great and it was a fun outing. I might have to do it again. Glad I got to fulfill this with a friend. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A Rather Unusual Barn

I remember seeing this barn from the nearby highway. It stands tall enough that it pierces the horizon, leaving a silhouette that, at a distance, could be mistaken for a grain elevator. Closer investigation showed that it was in fact a barn, or perhaps a granary.

I drove up the "grid road", one of many that lay across Manitoba in one mile increments. I remember that it was heavily rutted, and I drove my car with care to avoid a wheel falling into the rut and bottoming the car out. I went as far as I dared drive, then took my photo and left.

This is near Brunkild, Manitoba.

- Steve Boyko