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Signs which are

self explanatory,

I hope.

I don’t remember taking this shot

and have never before, or since,

laid eyes on this bus.

However, according to my filing system

it was taken in Melbourne.

This was about as far as a DSLR camera could go. 

Pocket size cameras and phones

were okay, I believe.

A Tea Room on the

Western Front Battlefields

of France.

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Self explanatory? 

All day we were hearing about Whistler

and all day I was thinking

‘…I’ve heard that name before…’   

However, only made the connection upon arrival. 

Fun fact.

  We were told that recent summer sports had

overtaken, economically, winter sports

on/at Whistler.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:   Signs

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Since 2013 we have travelled sorts of roads.

Dirt tracks upon which a pride of lions rested.

Then a road which was not much more

than wheel tracks across Sua Pan,

one of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana.

The Sua Pan (or Sowa Pan) is a large natural topographic depression

within the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana.

The Makgadikgadi Pans were once a lake which

was larger in area than Switzerland.

It dried up several thousand years ago

(Source: Wikipedia)

Could we call this a water road, in Venice?

 

An extraordinary trip across to France and return via Eurostar.

Extraordinary because I was ‘talking’ to MGW’s cousin

via Facebook while under the Channel.

 

Last year another Railroad ride on

The Rocky Mountaineer.

Two days of travel through glorious scenery

with first class comfort and service

back to Vancouver.

 

 

I’m probably stretching it a bit to call

the Peak2Peak gondola ride at Whistler a road.

However, it was the only way we could

access the mountain top.

Finally, there had to be a road of some sort

leading up onto the Athabasca Glacier

when we visited the Columbia Ice-field.

I doubt if we will ever get to ride in

one of these machines again.

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There seems to be an element of risk

in everyday living these days.

However, it is not every day that one gets…

to pat a cheetah…

…although she sowed some sign

of not being happy with one traveller.

Standing under a 6 ton 30-year-old elephant

has some risk involved.

The Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

Peak2Peak Gondola Ride

has travellers sailing at a minimum

of 1,400 feet above ground

with only a piece of wire holding things together.

Admittedly a rather larger piece of wire.

 

The riskiest part of any flight

is take off and landing.

 

 

And flying over Alaska’s wilds

one always hopes the risk of

engine failure is minimal.

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A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-From-Above-and-Below

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The most recent above below shots I have come from…the Peak2Peak Gondola Ride

between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains

Destination Blackcomb

Below the cables at Whistler….

and above those running up Blackcomb.

Arriving here we had just completed a ride in

the longest unsupported span between two cable car towers

of 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles),

and at a height of 436 metres (1430.45 feet)

it is the highest cable car above ground.

And that is where we came from and our return destination.

Again, below the Blackcomb cables

and above the cable running up the side of Whistler.

And should the cables all break there is

a smooth 1400 foot fall to terra firma,

which I  do not want to experience.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: From-Above-and-Below

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-18July22

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Odd Ball

2018

July 22

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My first Odd Ball post for a while.

As we alighted our cable car on Whistler Mountain…
this caught my eye.

Even it June it was useful and I suspect

it would be in  high demand during winter.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge-18July22

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I am going with the long journey definition of ‘epic’

this week…and even then I’m not sure…

And I ask all readers to allow for the fact that

this was only Day 2 of our journey and

that this author saw ice at the top

of Sulphur Mountain (Banff) in July 1976;

drove along roads where it had snowed in June 1982,

and has never seen the white stuff since.

The journey I speak of is the

Peak2PEak Gondola Ride

up Whistler and across to Blackcomb Mountain.

After reading  my first statement you can see why

I thought this a magnificent sight.

However, the longest part of the journey was still to come,

with just under four and a half (4.4) kilometres,

or 2.73 miles, of cable between Whistler and Blackcomb

and no supporting towers in between, you left

gliding along some 1,427 feet above the valley floor.

And it appears much steeper when commencing

the return journey.

This is the longest, and highest,

unsupported length of cable in the world.

But descend among the clouds we did

and still marvel at the height and length

of this journey.

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Pic and Word Challenge: Epic