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Paradise Valley (Lake Louise Area, Alberta)

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Last week's plan was to go up Wasatch Mountain in Lake Louise area and for that reason I woke up early Sun. to beat the morning heat and rush. It is a damn long drive to Moraine Lake where the trail-head is located. I guess it was around 08:15 or so when I reach there. I my way to the lake I realized an old Toyota sedan behind me with two passengers, one, the driver, was smoking and exhaling the smoke out of the window every now and then. I thought to myself what kind of jerk he was. After parking and checking into the washroom I saw the same guys getting their hiking gear out of the vehicle! Realized they were hikes/scramblers! As surprised as I was I asked them if they know where the trail to Wasatch Mountain would be. They were no familiar with the mountain and its whereabouts.  I, then, grabbed my gear and walk toward the major path besides the lake. That apparently was the trail-head. The guys, I later learnt, Ryan ans Scott , caught up with me soon and I realized th

No one Ages in Magadan

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The introduction of the worldwide web and particularly in the past 10 years development of several different webpages has helped to improve the knowledge and broadcast the news which without them was very hard if not impossible. One story that I recently ran to was about an Iranian guy who had recently died in Toronto  and had an amazing life story: A survivor of Soviet Labour Camp s or Gulag . It's interesting how he ended up in Toronto ;  it was not a pleasant life though.After all we should not forget that Canada is the trash-bin of the world! Whatever cannot be tolerated at any corner of the globe, would be dumped to this toilet, called Canada. No offence to anyone.  Anyways Dr. Ata Safavai left Iran at age 20  or so, for his dream of Soviet Union . The land which was supposed to offer free education, work, free health services and a society based on no class. It was 1947 shortly after the WWII when Stalin was so proud of defeating the Nazi Germany and wanted to s

Spruce Meadows

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A few weeks ago we had this little kid over. His parents had to work so we babysit for them. This kid is so much in love with horses that everywhere he goes just looks for them. So we decided to surprise him by talking him to Spruce Meadows somewhere his parents had never taken him! He was so happy that he didn't know where to look at. We stayed 2 to 3 hours and he even got the chance to ride a pony. It is said that more than 7000 people work in this industry in Alberta but I barely saw anything that you had to pay for in there, maybe serious races. You can wander around for hours and see different things, eat and watch without directly pay a penny but maybe that what the plan is.  I have never been a fan of pets and animals. I like animals but I like them in the wild and free so these things never attracts me but I could see how passionately kids were petting the animals! It's a fan place for animal lover and particularly horse lovers. I was just happy for the li

The Middle Sister

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This past weekend I wanted to go to Wasatch Mountain in Lake Louise area but after checking the forecast learning it would have been rainy, I changed the plan to the summit of Middle Sister in Canmore . I had to drop the lady at work so by the time I was parked at the parking lot of Stewart Creek Golf Club it was I guess 09:30 or after. I checked around and didn't see anything which could have been similar to trail-head. So I checked with a few young fellow of golf club and one of them told me where I had to park. After parking at the end of Stewart Creek Dr. I started my walk toward east and based on the information I had downloaded from the web got myself in the golf course. It actually is very nice place similar to most of the course. The difference is it is in middle of forest. I kept going and at my right I saw a tall rock which was standing hundred of meters but I was not sure which sister out of the Three Sisters it was and didn't see any route to it. I walk

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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We finally caught Dawn of Planet of the Apes after months of waiting. The movie was displayed in 3-D but I was not impressed by that. The movie itself is a good one and I would recommend it. I will definitely purchase the DVD . The story, unlike what I had thought, is not just simply the apes attacking humans or humans attacking the apes. It was more than that which make it to have a sequel. I don't know if they have it in their plans or not but it sure has another story to follow it. I don't want to spoil the movie for the ones who haven't seen it yet but what it would be is there's a disagreement in between two apes, Caesar , the leader of the group which in the previous movie led all the apes to freedom and Koba , one of smart apes in the lab which was freed later on.  The disagreement and that is because Koba believes Caesar is too soft on humans, concludes in Koba stealing a gun from the remaining humans and shooting Caesar with it after killing two gu

Crypt Lake

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Crypt Lake hike in Waterton National Park in southern Alberta was in my list since early May but I had to postpone it due to weather issues. Last week M. C. told me that they would wanted to go for the weekend but since The Lady had to go to work I shortened the trip to a one-day and just by myself!  As crazy as it sounds I woke up at 04:00 AM on Sat. and after preparation head down Highway AB-2 south and then turn to southwest on Highway AB-3 and passing through Pincher Creek finally found myself in Waterton National Park 's gate. The admission for one day is almost $8 I guess and then I easily found the Marina and checked out the ticket counter. After making sure that M&M have the same ticket as mine, I paid $21 to cross Waterton Lake . Our departure time was 09:00 AM and the bout had a capacity of, I guess, around 125 passengers. It was a very sunny day and not a single cloud in the sky but early morning was not very hot. This is one of the disadvantages of Cr

Similarities between ISIS and MEK

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There was so much news about this apparently extremist group called ISIS in the last two weeks and now it's died down. It was being said this Islamic State of Iraq and Syria had captured a few cities and town in northern and northwestern Iraq including the major City of Mosul .  I wonder if that's another Western media propaganda or they are real. For years they fabricated Taliban and Al-Qaeda and sold it to the public without mentioning it once that it was the US and its major allies in the region, Pakistan , Saudi Arabia , UAE , Qatar and so on who supplied and funded Taliban and Al-Qaeda ! The funny thing was the story they were saying about their organizations and successors and lieutenants and so on. The fact is these were bunch of Arab s and Afghan s who happened to receive lots of money and weapon and first used it against the Soviet s in the 80s and then against the American s and other Westerner s in 2000s. All these guys did was playing the game of Hide a

Tower and Rockbound Lakes

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We start our trip toward Castle Junction , the area which offers scenery hike at about 06:00 AM yesterday. It was very brave of The Lady to wake up at that time to accompany. The road, Trans-Canada Highway was extremely easy due to the fact that the majority of the out-goers where loaded and asleep from the previous night's partying! For minutes I was looking ahead and back, in the rear-view mirror without seeing any vehicle. Lovely! We started from the trail-head, which was founded easily at around 08:15 AM. there were only two cars parked there at the time which we later on learnt that they were not on the trail to Tower and Rockbound Lake s. The trail is fairly easy and wide with no loose rock but starts going up shortly after the start and gets muddy at spots before Tower Lake . The other good thing about it is that it remains in the forest for a quite long time and offers you beautiful wildflowers while you are not exposed to excessive sunlight of July! The Lady was

True Meaning of Human Rights

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The City of Detroit in the  State of Michigan got to a big trouble a few months back. It went bankrupt! It was obvious to me why something like that had happened. Excessive spending, overpaid employees, over-allocation of the resources, etc. Things you see probably in many municipalities around the world. I have seen it in Tehran and I've seen it in Calgary . There is a small pothole at the size of a bit bigger than a frying pan(!) and there is a group of 6 workers and a truck to patch it!  In Tehran  the municipality became the gem stone of the country for all poor and hungry. I personally saw city garbage and cleaning employees who made a dwelling out of a public bathroom in a major square of the city to be able to save as much as possible out of their big salaries which they had never seen in their lives, in generations!  Open the City of Calgary website and look at the positions that the municipality defines and their earnings! I'm sure that's what happened t