Oct 20, 2014

Abandoned Train Car on Highway 541

My fascination for abandoned places was peaked on my way to Kananaskis, driving the scenic route along Highway 541 (which becomes Highway 40). I spotted this old train caboose next to the Highwood River and decided to go and check it out. 

Out of curiosity I tried to find some information about it, but came up short. The view on Google Maps from June 2009 shows the train car in a much different state - completely intact with no graffiti (although it is from quite a distance). It makes me think this must have been a cabin. Someone clearly had something in mind when the train tracks were removed from the area. 

The interior is now completely burnt out, and various styles of graffiti cover most of the exterior. It was actually a bit eerie, because the area was completely quiet. No other cars on the highway, and no direct path for even getting to the train car - I just walked across a field. That could be a good reason why it's abandoned.



































Oct 17, 2014

Jasper SkyTram Whistlers Mountain: Part 1

Riding the Jasper SkyTram and hiking to the summit of Whistlers Mountain was one of my favorite moments on my road trip through the Alberta Rockies this summer. The aerial tram boasts being the longest and highest tramway in Canada, and reaches nearly 2300 meters (7472 feet) above sea level. Needless to say, the air was a bit thinner, the temperature a bit cooler, and the views even more unbelievable.

I ended up spending several hours hiking and snapping pictures on Whistlers Mountain (naturally I had to do some substantial editing to narrow my shots down once I got home). I also came across a few marmots, snapped a few profile pics (as you do), and continued to marvel at the scenery from the countless vantage points along my trek. 

In contrast to the Banff Gondola, which I road just a couple days prior, I loved how once you reached the top of the Jasper SkyTram you just walked right out onto the mountain. Nothing was fenced off or too manufactured, and because there were numerous trails to choose from, once you got a little ways up the mountain it was like having the location all to yourself. It was the perfect place to collect my thoughts. I loved every minute of it. 







































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