“Pic of the Week”, November 28, 2014: Hoodoos, Drumheller, Alberta

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The amazing patterns of erosion you find in Alberta’s badlands sometimes create unusual formations, especially these structures known as “hoodoos”.  The name “hoodoo” was based on the word “voodoo”, and was given to these formations by Europeans.  Each hoodoo is a totem-pole like sandstone pillar resting on a thick base of shale that is capped by a larger stone.  Hoodoos are created over millions of years by differential erosion, the hoodoo eroding at a rate which is slower than the surrounding land because its cap-rock is made of more durable material.  Native Indian tribes (eg. Blackfoot) believed the Hoodoos were petrified giants that could come alive at night.

This particular grouping of hoodoos is one of the most dramatic examples you’ll see …

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“Pic of the Week”, November 22, 2013. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

2013-46-November 22a Bryce Canyon 6-93 012 Natural Bridge

Utah is a land of surprises and one of my favorite US states.  It has some of the most unusual and colorful rock formations in the world.  Whether it’s dramatic arches, natural bridges, amazingly sheer canyons or rock monoliths, Utah has it all!  And in white, black, red, orange, brown and most every other imaginable shade.

One of my favorite destinations in Utah is Bryce Canyon National Park.  Situated in southwestern Utah the park is of surprisingly high altitude, so keep this in mind when planning your trips there (evenings are always cool, snow comes early and stays a long time, even into summer).  The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 – 9,000 feet …

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Banff National Park: Johnson Lake and the Bow Valley/Hoodoos trail


Sometimes one’s journey makes unexpected turns, which is true in life as well as in travel.   As fate would have it, my career has taken me from Spokane in Eastern Washington to Calgary, Alberta, in Western Canada. The new job is interesting and offers great promise, but of equal importance to me in making this move was that I would be just over an hour’s drive from my beloved Canadian Rocky Mountains!

Among my earliest memories as a boy are of time spent vacationing in and around Banff with my parents and siblings. Having grown up on the prairies, the massive rugged Rocky Mountains were quite a novelty to me and I loved looking at them …

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