On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter Doug R.

A recent road trip to visit friends in Calgary with a return via Jasper.

Taken on 2019-06-02 00:00:00

Calgary, Alberta

Since we’re in a city with a LASER projector and Atmos sound, why not check out the new Godzilla movie?

Taken on 2019-06-04 00:00:00

Icefields Parkway, Banff National park.

Visiting done, I thought it would be a nice break to go through Jasper.

Taken on 2019-06-04 00:00:00

Icefields Parkway, Banff National park.

We had decided to leave the 28lb cat at home, she has a hard time fitting in cages. This is the 11.5lb Lord Nibbler who can be a royal pest to her, I think the cats probably appreciated the time apart.

Taken on 2019-06-03 00:00:00

Icefields Parkway, Jasper National park

Deep into Jasper park, the ice gets pretty close to the road even in summer.

Taken on 2019-06-04 00:00:00

Loon Lake rest area, British Columbia

Almost back home in the Okanagan, this is Loon Lake rest area built for about $4.2 million. Running water, flush toilets, wifi, and 2x Level 2 chargers and I think 1x Level 3 charger if I read the info plate right.


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    The wifely unit is headed to Harrisburg, PA today to sit in on legislative hearings. THIS is being brought up:


    The lede:
    After a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigation identified 47 cases childhood cancer—most of them very rare—in several rural Pennsylvania counties, locals are calling on Governor Tom Wolf to investigate a possible link between fracking and childhood cancer.

    She’d just returned from a 2 week excursion from PA into Eastern, OH down to WV and into KY and TN, she’s been documenting the impacts of abandoned legacy oil and gas development for 10 years now and it’s not a very pretty picture. At least for historically significant oil and gas development states like PA and WV.

    What was most surprising though, was how much better the management of these no longer viable legacy oil and gas wells were in KY and TN.

    PA should be embarrassed. Their legacy oil and gas fields are a disgrace.

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    HinTN says:

    I love the recycling bins. Also the look at the park. Thanks.

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    JPL says:

    Banff National Park is on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

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    Barbara says:

    Your pictures bring back good memories of a family vacation that included Jasper and the Icefields Parkway. We stayed in a cabin across the road from the Athabasca River. Loved Jasper.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    @JPL: Make sure to hike around Lake Louise. If possible, arrange to have bagpiper play while you do it.

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    JPL says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: Bucket lists are free so why not add the bagpipe.

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    arrieve says:

    Thanks for the pictures! I’m going to be in Banff and Jasper national parks next month and I’m getting excited.

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    Betty says:

    @Xboxershorts: Good luck to your wife. I hope she gets a fair hearing.

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    J R in WV says:

    O&G bidness is the same here as in TX and OK… they have all the moneys so they make all the rules. I was shocked to discover that DEP’s O&G inspectors are pre-approved by the O&G org before they can go to work. They have no real authority in the field other that to slap a roughneck on the wrist, metaphorically.

    Imagine how tough THOSE inspections are!!! Plus, there is only a tiny handful of I&G inspectors, and much of the dirty work is down inn the hole, but for the mud and crude that lands in the pit beside the drilling rig. They used to not even line the pit, I think they’re supposed to now, but in the back country, who knows?

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    blackcatsrule says:

    Boy if my cat reads this he will expect an upgrade from Mr. Nibbles to Lord Nibbles ASAP!

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    Thanks Betty, but she’s not going there to get a hearing, she’s going there to video record the lying fuckers.
    So that at a future date, she can hold them to account.

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    Steeplejack says:


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