Friday 30 September 2022

Kalden Hotel 1912

Located in Kaleden, British Columbia, the hotel is a heritage-listed property, built in 1912 and closed due to the first world war a few years later. The building sat until the late 1930s when it was sold and stripped its materials and furnishings.

Kind of hard to get photos when I was there due to traffic and the cramped surroundings. A unique spot.

Prelude to a post

I will get around to posting what this is all about in a day or three. I was playing around with this particular photo and I like this one as a solo post.

Thursday 29 September 2022

Sunshine Gospel Mission

Long abandoned near Eckville, Alberta courtesy of Dale and Lynn Redekopp.

Tuesday 27 September 2022

Abandoned British Columbia

West of Bridesville, British Columbia.

Monday 26 September 2022

Sacred Heart Church 1930, British Columbia

This one had my interest and I had it on my informal list for a few years. I have a file with disorganized notes, photos, and screenshots of places that have my interest. Over the last few years I found out where it was and waited until I had an opportunity to get there.  

Sacred Heart Church is a Catholic church and was built in 1930 by brothers Hugo, Paul and Joe Dumont, with help from neighbours. The Dumont Ranch is close. It is in a rural area and there is no town nearby. From Bridesville it is a little over four kilometres away by road. Bridesville is kind of a ghost town. This church has been abandoned for decades. I did not bother with trying to look inside as I have heard it is occupied with beehives. It is very easy to miss from the road.

There is one fenced off gravesite with a headstone. If there are others I did not see them.

Stanley C. Dumont
R.C.A.F. (Royal Canadian Air Force)
17 Sept 1943

Sunday 25 September 2022

Late night post

Sign at an actual campground in Beaverdell, British Columbia.

My adventure with phones

Visited mom after work on Friday night. I phoned mom in the morning to ask if there was anything I should pick up. There was nothing. Got there and phoned, no answer. Stopped to get gas and called a few more times. No answer.

Parked at mom's and had someone let me into her building. Once I got inside I gave mom some flak about not answering her phone. Turned out her phone was not working. Actually neither phone was working. Tried the bedroom phone and could not call out nor would it receive a call. Same for the living room phone. Never ran across this kind of thing before. I had replaced one of her phones with a new cordless one just two weeks ago. I kept the old phone.

Next morning I bought two new phones that plug into a phone jack from Walmart. You used to be able to get plug in phones with no problem. I only found one model. Replaced both phones. Mom was visiting people in her building. They have a regular get together at two in the afternoon daily for coffee in the social room. Tested the new phones by calling from my cell phone. Both worked but only the bedroom one rang. Unplugged the bedroom one and called again. No ring on the remaining one. What the . . . ? I need her to be able to hear both.

Plugged the one back in the bedroom. Replaced the living room phone with what was there before, not the cordless one, the older one. Called from my cell phone again. Both phones rang. Switched the living room one back to the new one i just bought. Called and only the bedroom phone rang. Went through the process again with the same results. This is bizarre.

The bedroom phone was replaced with the new one. The living room phone went back to the old one she had weeks ago. Tested them a few more times, both rang. The leftover new phone got set aside in case I need it as well as the cordless one. By the way, trying to call the phone company for support is useless. I sat on hold from forty minutes and when someone finally answered I was told I had someone in the fibre department, whatever that means. I hung up. Customer service anywhere is a joke these days. I am not satisfied but at least mom can communicate. That is important since she does not drive anymore.

At least things work for now.

Saturday 24 September 2022

Friday 23 September 2022

Get High with a Pontiac

A 1952 Pontiac outside a body shop in Melville, Saskatchewan.

Can't miss this one while driving through town.

- Michael Truman

Thursday 22 September 2022

One year ago today . . .

My good friend died. I took the day off because I do not feel like working today.

Wednesday 21 September 2022

Monday 19 September 2022

St. Mark's, 1896

Been here before and posted it before on a prior visit. Whenever I am in the area, which is rare, I stop here. It is hidden in the trees about a mile or two from Briscoe, British Columbia.

Sunday 18 September 2022

An mildly interesting thing happened on the Needles Ferry . . .

The ferry runs between Needles and Faquier, British Columbia. There is really nothing in either place. Highway 6 from Vernon to Nakusp is a thoroughly enjoyable drive with lots of twists and turns through the mountains. If you are ever in the area I suggest you take it.

Saturday September 17, 2022 I am on the ferry. Next to me is a 1993 Ford F150 that has seen better days. I am out on the deck enjoying the day. About halfway across I see what I think is steam coming out from under the hood of the truck. The owner pops the hood and says it is on fire. Which it is.

I got the attention of one of the crew members, this ferry had a crew of three and said "Fire!". That sort of thing gets their attention quick. The crew member started spraying the fire with a fire extinguisher which did not work. A fire hose was brought over and a good soaking worked.

Meanwhile the owner is standing near me. I told him that he might need a ride and offered one. The ferry docked, we were all waved off. The other ten vehicles took off, I parked nearby and waited. His truck was pushed off the ferry and out of the way. I walked over to meet him and asked if he needed a lift. He looked to be a little shocked. He said that he just spent seven hundred on a new pump. He said the alternator was the culprit. To lighten the mood I said it could have been worse, he could have been driving a Dodge. Not all attempts at humour work.

I had all day Saturday and Sunday to get where I was going. He only needed a ride up to the Arrow Park Ferry which was abut twenty minutes up the highway in my direction. His brother lived on the other side of that ferry crossing. He turned out to be a stockbroker who now lives in The Dominican Republic, was visiting family, and was dropping off the truck and his family was taking him to the airport the next day. I never did get his name.

The ferry continued on uninterrupted. I kind of expected them to have to shut it down, file an incident report, call the police, fire department, Ministry of Highways, and whatever other government agency in the area and complete reams of paperwork to satisfy government regulations. Maybe that happened later. 

I was slightly amused that not one other person offered the guy any assistance.  I would like to think if I was in the same position someone would offer me a hand. I dropped him and his luggage off. The important thing I learned from all of this is that Hoss & Jill's Bistro in Nakusp serves an awesome omlette.

His vehicle is in the front on the left.

Spotted in Cherryville, British Columbia


Thursday 15 September 2022

Random Jasper

Scrambling to get things done just to take a few days off. I have Thursday and Friday off and seeking to go somewhere for a couple of days. The mid September weather is nice and there should be fewer people on the roads.

Trying to get things organized on Wednesday afternoon and minor things keep popping up. I am sure I am not the only one that has not had things go smoothly just before taking a break. Part of the problem is that I had a few people referred to me by other people and want to take care of them. Another part of the problem is that they want it done immediately which cannot always be accomplished. First world problems.

Anyway, I am off for a few days. There may, or may not be a post or two.

As mentioned, random Jasper National Park.

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Tuesday 13 September 2022

International Pick-Up

This vintage International pick-up truck comes with the remains of an old stone church.

Not something you see everyday.

Spotted somewhere near near Lyleton, Manitoba.

- Michael Truman

Monday 12 September 2022

Anglican Holy Trinity Church, Deer Creek 1935

Near Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan. Nice little stone church that happened to be locked. I believe it is still in use.

This one had been on my list for a while. I had been in the area before and somehow kept missing it.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band should be somewhere close


Friday 9 September 2022

Elevator Friday

Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan. Likely in use. There was a rail line through here years ago.

Wednesday 7 September 2022

Tuesday 6 September 2022

Friday 2 September 2022


Some very photogenic trees (complete with wetlands) near Pipestone, Manitoba.

- Michael Truman