Last Wednesday, Chris, Stuart and I moved from our base camp at the Elbow fire base and moved to Boundary cabin. Boundary is this cute little cabin in the Kananaskis valley, right across from the Nakiska ski hill. It’s big enough to fit two sets of bunk beds, a counter, and a small table, with only just enough room to maneuver your way around the table. While it is tiny, we love it here. We’re also cooking meals for ourselves again, which I am absolutely delighted about. On the day we arrived, Chris and I managed to fill our day quite well with packing, grocery shopping, driving to our new site, unpacking and doing a photo station.
We set out to repeat a low elevation photo station from the Dowling 1904-1905 survey in the Kananaskis valley. From what we could tell, the photo was supposed to be just off the road, about a 10 minute drive south of Boundary. Driving down the road to the general area where the photo was taken, we had the photos out to try to line up the mountains, and figure out the exact location. When the mountains looked about the right distance away, we pulled into the first turn off we saw, as we needed to get a little further west for things to line up just perfectly. Our first turn off happened to be the Kananaskis Country Golf Course. “Hey Chris, it’d be hilarious if our photos were actually from the golf course!”
I had pretty much assumed that we’d drive down the road and find that we were in the wrong spot, or we’d be off in the woods somewhere between the highway and the golf course. We drove around just to scope things out, and as we pulled up to the valet parking in front of the club house, we found our camera station. Not really having any experience with valet parking, and with us not being there to golf, we drove back to the parking lot, and walked up. We pulled out our camera, and there in front of the Kananaskis Country Golf Course clubhouse, we took our photos. It was pretty spectacular to find that with all of the modifications they did to build roads and the golf course, the little mound that the photos were taken from stood intact on the other side of the road from the clubhouse.
As lucky as we got with finding the original photo site, there were many more trees to the east than there had been a hundred years ago, so Chris and I scoped out other spots around the golf course where we could get a clear view for the repeat photographs. I was wandering around, staring at the mountains, looking rather out of place without a set of clubs and definitely not fitting the collared shirt dress code, and to the untrained eye, looking a little confused. One of the employees from the pro shop came up to me and asked if he could be of assistance. I told him all about the project, and that I was looking for a clear shot of the mountains, preferably with the valley in the foreground. He pointed me in the direction of the most likely spot to find both of these requirements, and then offered to drive me over there on a golf cart, as it was a bit of walk. He was right – the spot was as close to perfect as we were going to get. I went back and got Chris and the camera equipment. When we got back to the golf cart pick up place, the guy that had driven me around earlier was gone. Another employee helped us out. Since there are only two seats on the carts, he just gave us one to drive around by ourselves – no questions asked! Chris and I had a ball driving the golf cart around the course, taking photos. We took our shots, right above the 15th hole and brought back the golf cart, all in one piece.
This station definitely competed with the rowboat pirate day in terms of awesome transport. Next we’ll have to ride a horse to our station!
Keeping it high class,
Winterstopper and the MLP crew