A popular choice amongst my Instagram followers, the photo above was taken while I stood on the train tracks at Irvine, Alberta on July 24, 2013, on day one of the 2013 Forgotten Alberta road trip. The photo underneath was taken on a stroll around the hamlet, as I looked southward across the C.P.R. mainline towards Irvine’s historic South Railway Avenue. To the left is the Irvine Hotel, where myself and U of L alumnus Greg Farries stayed for the night, and whose rustic digs provided much fodder for Twitter as the evening progressed:
This photo was taken in early August 2010 on the final leg of that year’s Forgotten Alberta Road Trip. The visit to Travers Cemetery was a pilgrimage of sorts for me, as four generations of my family have been laid to rest here over the span of a century. Forest fires in British Columbia were just beginning to cast an acrid haze over the countryside, something that is a little more apparent in the image below. This photo was also taken during the 2010 visit to Travers from a vantage point overlooking crop land and farms to the northwest.
Every now and then you find something out on the prairie that makes you think. This was one of them, an old abandoned roadster, miles from anything really, the engine and most of the interior removed, the remnants rusting away in the prairie sun. Naturally, or unnaturally, one’s mind tends to wander through all the morbid possibilities a scene like this presents. However, a more likely explanation for the Tide Lake roadster likely involves teenagers, an old beater, possibly some booze and too much time to kill. Or, maybe this just seemed like a good place to dump a car?
The photo below from the same day also makes you think, a creepy old shack out stuck on the prairie at Kinivie, southeast of Tilley. Perspective is everything of course, and what you can’t see are the corrals for the community pasture adjacent, which adds a little more context and removes most of the mystery from the scene.