Much to My Horror
The Sistoid Unit, my sister, called me today. (That isn’t what horrified me.) She asked about some footwear you wear over your shoes so you can walk easily on snow and ice. I had mentioned them to her when I traveled in the Canadian Rockies back in April of 2009. In Banff I had to purchase them at the hotel to be able to walk at all! Record snow falls and ice made walking treacherous, for a southern boy. The problem when the Sistoid Unit called: I couldn’t remember the name. I could only recall “crampons.” These were not exactly crampons.
Since I couldn’t remember the name, I did a quick search on my blog. I was horrified to realize that I didn’t blog about that trip! Only one post, some time later, which features a pano made up of 16 photos (4 gigapixels) I shot of a beautiful scene?! Fortunately, I at least published a couple hundred pictures from the trip, which was gorgeous, in an album here at tt.us.
I knew I had shot a picture of the Yaktrax, their name, when I was hiking in Johnston Canyon. (The top picture is what the lower waterfall looks like when it’s not frozen, as it was when I visited.) Those who hadn’t worn any special footwear found walking in the canyon so precarious that they were sliding along, holding on to the rails. When no raise were present, which was most of the time, they would slide along the ice on their rear ends. Quite the sight!!