We had the opportunity to visit the Cluny Fortified Village with the Alberta Archaeological Society this past weekend – it was also a chance for us to try tipi camping at the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. The archaeological site and museum are both located on the Siksika Reserve just outside of Calgary.
The G3 Storm watch went up saturday afternoon, with a good chance of aurora across the entire country! The only downside was that it doesn’t get dark until after 11pm in the spring months, so it was going to be a late night. I headed out early to Lake Minnewanka as it fills up quick with other people hoping to catch of the Northern Lights.
We had the joy of some late April snow last week in Calgary, so when I headed out to Vancouver mid-week it was nice to see pink and green covering the trees as I landed. I had just missed the Cherry Blossom Festival but there were still plenty of cherry blossoms and other blooms around town.
Blossoms on Columbia Street
I haven’t had much luck this past year in catching aurora, it was either during the work week or any alerts came through on a cloudy/snowy night. So when I checked late friday night I was pretty stoked to see that there was a pretty decent show on. The Lyrids were also peaking through the weekend, I was able to see a couple, but don’t think I caught any on the camera.
During university I had a pretty sweet gig as a survey assistant for the Alberta Government – I got to drive around to the different heritage sites in Southern Alberta to get visitors to fill out a survey when they left the facility/site. One of the sites I got to visit was Dinosaur Provincial Park. I haven’t been back since, but thought I would take advantage of the long weekend to check it out. The morning was a bit rainy, so I didn’t leave Calgary until 2pm – there was still plenty of daylight left when I got to the park. Important to note that Dinosaur Provincial Park isn’t close to the Royal Tyrell Museum, it’s located closer to Brooks, Alberta.
We ended our trip in Las Vegas – I’m not a huge fan of crowds so I spent a day checking out the sites then decided to book the sunset tour to the Grand Canyon with Grand Adventures.
Following the Antelope Canyon Tour we stopped off at Horseshoe Bend, located just outside of Page, Arizona, before heading towards Flagstaff. The Colorado River cuts a dramatic (horseshoe shaped) meander just off Highway 89. A short 15 minute walk from the parking lot takes you to the lookout point.
I had the chance to see Bill Nye (the Science Guy) up at the Jasper Dark Skies Festival back in October. It was a sketchy drive up to Jasper from Calgary with one of the first snowfalls of the year, but we made it up in one piece in time to hear Bill Nye speak.
I’ve been a bit crappy with keeping on top of my photos this winter. We headed out in November with the intention of shooting the supermoon from a mountain pass, only for a wind warning (>85Km/hr) and snow to pick up when we got up there. We headed back to Chain Lakes for a couple quick shots and a bit of shelter