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Lingering Dark Blanket

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British Columbia wildfires, that's what they call it, which has been the result of, at least partially, the global warming, causes lots of problems every year, mostly in the province, of course, and then in Alberta and Saskatchewan , although not that much in the latter, and at times even at other corners of the globe, in summer. I was not in Alberta last summer and when I came back in middle of August there was no sign of smoke or anything but the year before that and also this year I had bad experiences including one hike/scramble which I didn't enjoy much.  This week has been nice and clear mostly and today was beautiful. Now that summer is over I will only have a few more chances of good hikes before winter arrives and I'm going to use them,if the weather stays the way it is.  It seems that there's no way, scientifically and physically of course, to stop this problem but what shocks me the most is the way the officials fight that! The fire season starts a

My Experiences with SOG

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I found SOG products in the new workplace. I don't know if you're familiar with the company or not but apparently these are Vietnam War veterans who started this company by making knives, backpacks, flashlight and generally items which is used either during a battle or hiking. I first bought a dagger and then a small knife and flashlight. There was a sort of promotion for the last two items that I bought them together: If the purchase is more than a certain amount, a patch and a little cheque is sent to the purchaser as long as they receive the original receipt and the bar codes on the item's box. I did exactly that and mailed everything to their address in Arizona . I then received two envelopes each containing a patch and a cheque for US$ 5 ! The cheques though were payable through a credit union in Minnesota and for that I thought I would not be able to cash them and decided to send them back. However that means that whatever bank cashes it, would be getting th

The Chef's Discovery(!)

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I usually have keen eyes during a hike. I spot plants and wildlife for photography as well as rocks and anything which might cause a risk, for the sake of a better and safer hike. However I missed this one: I and The Chef were on our way back to the vehicle during our hike in Bob Creek Wildland when he spotted a bunch of Tarragon  alongside the trail! Tarragon is a very lovely aromatic herb which is used in a Persian appetizer when it's enjoyed with Feta Cheese and Flat Bread and sometimes Tomato . I did not have the chance to see if there was more Tarragon in the area or not and perhaps partially because I was very tired but the Tarragon plant should look like this I don't know if this kind of herb can be found in stores here but some might have it. The thing is it should be fresh because the dried and powdered one, which might be found in some stores in packages, could easily be mixed with simply dried grass!  He gave a few of them to me and took some for him

Door Jamb Mountain (Under a Thick Dark Blanket!)

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I had to work this past Sat. and therefore the usual weekend hiking was postponed to Sun. which was disappointing to The Chef because despite all his nagging and complaining during the last hike, he wanted to join. He says he cannot join on Sundays because, obviously he would work within a few hours and that becomes really hard. His shift starts at 02:00 on Mon. but because he's naturally a moron, he wakes up at around 23:30! It takes him 2 hours and a half to get ready and get to work!  I set the alarm for 06:00 and although I had a good sleep, I was reluctant to leave the bed but after only a minute I got my determination(!) and left. The disgusting and dark blanket was covering the entire city and in fact the province but what was even more surprising was that the temperature. It was only 5 ℃ while I was leaving Calgary and the closer I got to Canmore , the colder it got. It was 0  ℃ near Bow Valley Provincial Park which is only 10 minutes from the trailhead of my

An Amazing Attempt to Thrift Peak

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The Chef wanted to join me for a hike and I welcomed him because going as a team of two always decreases the cost even if your partner is someone such as The Chef who is not fit but I have to admit that despite his nagging throughout the second part of the hike, he showed amazing efforts and was behind me to the last. We, however, made the same stupid mistake and went to the silly Cowboy Taphouse the night before the damn hike and drank Beer and ate junk food! It not only cost us unnecessary expenses but also made us tired because alcohol, specifically Beer , makes you lazy! However I promised myself to wake up on time and make it to our meeting point and I did it! The Chef , to my surprise showed up within a minute of my arrival! We had rented a vehicle through Budget the day before. So we headed south and got ourselves to Highway # 22 to go to where I had discovered the previous weekend, Bob Creek Wildland to reach Thrift Peak . I don't know what this barbed wire f

Running the Country by the 70's Laws!

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I'm not a heartless person but news such as these doesn't hurt me: Man dies after altercation with border officers at Calgary Airport This is an ongoing story within different law enforcement agencies in this country as well as the US . Who's responsible for this? Both the so-called victim and the Government . People need to understand that they should not argue with law enforcement people even if they strongly believe the officers are wrong. That's what we laws are created. A law enforcement officer order you to do something: Leave, get out of the car, stay in the car, you name it, you simply follow. If you disagree, be polite. There's also ways of filing a complaint. Getting into altercation, swearing at the officers or yelling and acting like a complete lunatic gets you into trouble. And that's what happened to this fella and he paid a heavy price for that. This is from the so-called victim's side.  The (pathetic) Government of Canada is res

End of a Disgusting Week

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It got finally much better yesterday afternoon when a few showers appeared in the sky, in Calgary . After a week of hot weather (got to nearly 36 ℃ ) and smoke (from the wildfires of British Columbia ) today the sky looks much nicer and most of the disgusting smoke and heat is gone. It's currently 12  ℃ and feels good. I'm not complaining about hot or chilly whether but I hate smoke and air pollution and I'm happy it's gone. It's a problem here in southern Alberta almost every freaking summer! They call is Wildfire Season and I wonder if there's anything that they can do to stop. They say there isn't. I wasn't here last summer but I remember it was the same damn problem the summer before but not to this extent. I think it was Idaho or perhaps it was the summer before I clearly remember a few hikes that I performed them in haze weather, particularly a failed attempt to The Wedge (!), not something that I'm proud of!  (Photo: For 3 or 4 days yo

The Longest Passage

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I finally received a message from my, hopefully(!), future employer indicating that I, at the moment, am in a specific stage of hiring which might take any time between a few month to a year! While it is a good news, meaning I'm still in the game, it will suck to do this damn near-minimum-wage job. I have already started job searching and have found next to nothing. There was only one good position with a very well known company that I bet more than 500 resume has been sent to it! Not to mention the number of people who have been introduced to the recruiting person by the company employees! I think the only thing that I can do is to focus more on job searching and wait. The other good thing is that the message means that I have passed the medical evaluation but there's now another worry: They might ask me to redo the damn physical examination which I did it last Oct. , I think it was, and now doing this damn stupid tiring job, I might not be able to do that as well as I did

A Short Hike in Bob Creek Wildland

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I have had this moderate hike of Thrift Peak in Bob Creek Wildland near Highway # 22 south of Calgary as a gateway to more challenging ones for two weeks and every time I set my alarm, I didn't have the confidence and courage to get up and do it! This past weekend was the same! The reason for that one was that we had spent a couple of hours in Cowboy's Tap house with The Chef drinking beer and eating junk food, the night before that! So when I woke up in the morning I wasn't feeling really well but I finally got it together and left home at around 10:00!! It's a major failure for me. In fact in the past 2 years and so all I have experienced has been failure: Getting kicked out of the job, my wife leaving, failing at CFLRS , failing at any job interview I had, failing at the Government of BC job application(s), you name it. I was the one who used to wake up at 05:00 to go hiking and now I have difficulty even leaving home! Anyways I got myself out of the to

Killed Month of July's Competition!

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I finally got what I deserved. I won the volunteer work promotion competition of month July . This is the first one for me in 2018 and I worked hard 3 months for that but so far have been able to obtain one. As I wrote earlier, the June 's contributions were considered for July because I deposited them during the Canada Day long weekend which was partially was on July .01. So this months without doing anything I won but now I have to focus on August and look for my gift which probably will come, now that it has been changed to electronic transfer, sooner. Even that much is good and I'm wondering should I just spend it, save a few month for buying something or simply save that. (Photo: One of my competitors in this race, I would call it, has been a girl. I think this picture clearly shows what we have been all up to . I'm obviously the one in lane 2 having a purple tie on, beating everyone!)