Much to My Horror
The Sistoid Unit, my sister, called me today. Â (That isn’t what horrified me.) Â She asked about someÂ footwear you wear over your shoes so you can walk easily on snow and ice. Â I had mentioned them to her when I traveled in the Canadian Rockies back in April of 2009. Â In Banff I had to purchase them at the hotel to be able to walk at all! Â Record snow falls and ice made walking treacherous, for a southern boy. The problem when the Sistoid Unit called: Â I couldn’t remember the name. Â I could only recall “crampons.” Â These were not exactly crampons.
Since I couldn’t remember the name, I did a quick search on my blog. Â I was horrified to realize that I didn’t blog about that trip! Â Only one post, some time later, which features a pano made up of 16 photos (4 gigapixels) I shot of a beautiful scene?! Â 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. Â (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 canyonÂ so precarious that they were sliding along, holding on to the rails. Â When no raise were present, which was most of the time, they would slide along the ice on their rear ends. Â Quite the sight!!