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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Coal Mine Tour

Ach I'm so behind!  So much is going on that I feel like I need to blog about but had no time!  But Ill start back where I left off.  Hopefully can catch up soon!

***If you click on the pictures you can actually read the signs ***

Another walk I went on in Drumheller, just a couple days later.  I had walked on one of the many trails they have in Drum and had planned to go to the same one again cause it was pretty.  Well I parked at the same spot and then got lost haha.  Started walking on the railroad track cause I thought it was on the other side of it.  But couldn't find it, then I got across the highway and saw the Midland coal mine, well I had always wanted to tour that so went over there and did that instead.
(where I parked and the train bridge)

It was a cool place, there was a lot of coal mines in Drum, that's how the town started.  All are closed up now but there is a bunch that they have made into tourist sites cause its always interesting to see where a town came from.
(The tourist building, must have been used for something but it doesn't say)

(the main sign of the Mercury Mine)

(telling how it all ended)

(ponies :) )

(This shows the hill to the left where the water tower stood)

(they even put in a mini gazebo so you can rest)

(old rail lines still there)

(not sure what these were for, 
but there are pillars on both sides of the mowed area, 
must have been footing for a building)

There is a lot of signs showing what they did while mining.  Its interesting and really amazing how much is still there.  Hard to get pics cause the day was pretty cloudy and I only had a phone to take pics, gonna have to go back there on a sunny day and look again.
(Showing how the men and mine cars got down in
 and back out of the mine in the elevators)

(and how the mine was laid out)

(Another mine right close by, the area both these mines are in is called Midland)

(Explaining where the mines went)

(And an old coal cutter, pretty impressive machine really)

There was a lot of mines in Drumheller, but only a few did the historic stuff, I'm glad a few did, the only cooler one is just outside East Coulee, the Atlas Coal Mine, and they still have a tipple you can go in, I only been there once on Halloween, should go again in the daytime, hopefully less chainsaw killers around then.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Lake Stafford Walk

 I am in a race this weekend, won't be very fast, probably will walk the whole thing but that's OK.  But because of this I made up a workout plan and been sticking to it fairly well.  Monday and Fridays I walk short distances (getting longer as race day gets closer) and Tuesday and Wednesday I been biking (going about 7 miles each day) and since the race is on a Saturday I been making that my long day, starting at 1 mile and increasing half mile every week till this week will be 5 miles perfect for race day.

Anyways I been bored at home walking so every time I go to town I been walking on the trails there.  A couple weeks ago we walked in Brooks around Stafford Lake, its not that big but it was nice and Neil walked it with me.
(Neil walking, good thing hes not speeding......
really that's the Number 1 highway up there,
 doesn't seem that close when walking as it looks)

(Lighthouse from across the lake)

(Weird seed pods on this tree, I think its a Willow)

(Geese and ducks on the rock islands)

(Closer view of the lighthouse)

(And we had to get our pic by it, Neil)

(And Neil got me, but he zoomed in and missed the whole lighthouse)

It even has a lighthouse!  Not a very big one but its there.  I think it housed the pump cause they used to have a fountain there is the summer, not sure what happened cause I haven't seen it for a couple years.  And there was still geese and ducks on the lake.  Pretty cool place overall.  I think it was only 2.3 miles around but still a change of view.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Throwdown Finished

So I finished up my horsemanship challenge this time around on Wednesday.  Hadn't planned it but that's how it worked.  I wanted to ride on my birthday but it was so cold and windy I just stayed inside and enjoyed it, doing crafts, playing video games (love me some Luigi and Zelda)  while Neil was over helping a neighbor wean.  Anyways I got in a bunch of hours moving cows and gathering cows, both at home and for the neighbors, and the poker ride, but most rides were spent at home just enjoying the scenery we have here.  Although I do prefer to ride with others most of the time just cause it keeps me motivated.  But seems I have no friends who want to ride and so alone it is unless its at a group function.
(moving cows into weaning field, this cow wanted to play....so we did)

(Cows going through the gate, I rode point and Neil brought up the back)

One of the funner rides I like at home is to ride over the dams we have, we have 3 of them but one is a bit tree filled and hard to ride over in the summer/fall when there are leaves cause you can't see the trail very well.
(Treeless dam in farm/hay fields)

(south dam)

I also lots of times just ride out East and towards the slough and the creek, Jessie doesn't like being in the bottom of the creek valley so I can't enjoy it much on her, I do make her go down there and she's fine if there's others around or there is cows (a job) but otherwise shes always trying to head back up the hill and its not that fun.
(there's the slough with the brush and birds nest pole)

(pretty fall colors in the coulees)

(and on the way home)

(walking out towards slough)

(loping...I don't remember which way)

Of course I also been riding in the arena some, I really love it, but when the weather is so perfect I can ride out I tend to do that, although I usually only walk and sometimes trot out so I get a better workout in the arena.  The other day I worked it and then wrote Jessie's name in there, I saw a girl in the challenge do that and I wanted to write my name but thought I would do hers and it turned out really well, a little hard to see but still cool.  Sure makes you see how broke your horse is cause that's a lot of little turns and stuff, specially since I did it three times so it would show up better.  I almost got lost at the top of the J, mostly cause I don't do much cursive anymore, specially capitals, I tend to print and it works its way into writing.
(Writing Jessie's name)

(Hard to picture but I think it turned out good)

I think I might start taking some lessons this winter, of course cutting lessons, but just basic horsemanship lessons as well.  Not sure where yet, there's a place not too far away (in Tilly) that does them but I don't know who they are so I might have to try it out and see how it goes, keep life interesting and improve my riding as well.
(one of my favorite pictures of her,
 wish I had been lower when I took it tho)

(After moving cows one day
 I got Neil to take me and Jess's pic by our 100 year sign)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

When I Get Creative

So last Friday was our annual bean and Bingo supper at the Pollockville Hall.  Its been going on forever, long before I was around here but its always kinda a fun night and now that I feel like I'm getting old we get home early from it too and I like that.

They asked people to volunteer to bring something and I said I'd bring a desert, and thought cupcakes cause they are easy and people eat them more than cake and I didn't wanna take home leftovers.  So it was a couple weeks to the night and I got thinking, hmm bingo balls are round, cupcakes are round.  Hmm maybe I can so something interesting.  So I mulled it around a bit and decided a bingo card with the cupcakes as numbers and and the title.
(the plan)

So me and Neil went shopping to find icing and papers, I just picked fun colorful papers and we could only find black writing type icing so that's what we used.  I had 2 9 X 9 cake mixes at home I figured I would use and mini cupcake pan.  And on the day I wanted to make them I couldn't find my cupcake pan anywhere (of course) So my neighbor had one and I went to borrow it and had tea all morning and visited, it was great.  She also had a great idea that I use mini loaf pans and make them as the title bar, so I borrowed those too.

Well finally got started and make up cake mixes, pour into cupcake papers in pan and bake them as long as cake mix says.  Make some cupcakes and 1 loaf pan out of each mix, I had one chocolate and one white for whatever people like.
(love that antique cupcake pan, now I want one rather than my new plain one)

Let them cool and then the hard part was icing, the plain white went on easy, but the numbers and letters were a bit challenging but I think it turned out OK.  I used a pizza box lined with tinfoil to serve it in.
(Finished product)

(and leftover numbers)

Was a hit at bingo night, which was good cause as usual I never won a single game.  And I never had to take a single piece home :)