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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Ferry Ride

Today I'm suffering with a dehydration headache, it will eventually go away when I get enough fluids. It was supposed to be a very short ride yesterday to pull one little last bull but, due to the kerfufle, it was way too long without water. The bad thing is the poor cowboy is out hunting the disappearee with out me. Two sets of eyes are always better especially when you have to check two big fields (about 15-20 square miles) and part of that by the river plus look through 700-800 cow/calf pairs because the two herds are mixed together. 

I've been saving this post for such a day. 

Crystal lives just down the road but there is a Ferry ride between us since we live on opposite sides of the Red Deer River. Who would ever believe there is a ferry on the bald prairie (and it's been there since 1913) but now I have proof.

On the way down the hill. 

The Ferry is on the river hauling someone else over to the north side.

While we waited our turn I took this photo of the history sign there. (Sorry I cut off the right side a little.)

Just about to drive onto the ferry.

down stream

up stream (those cables are all that keeps us from floating away)

Looking across to the north side where we were headed.

Looking south at us on the Ferry and the Ferry lady on the controls (note the Canadian Flag).

I guess the name of the boat is the Edmonton even though it is the Finnegan Ferry. Edmonton is also a city, the capital of Alberta.

Looking back south towards the river as we are leaving.

In the winter they pull the Ferry out of the water since, this being the great white North, the river freezes over and then people just drive across it.


Rachel said...

Oh my goodness! Wow! That'd be neat!
And they drive across the frozen water?!!! I'm not sure I would.... :/

Linda said...

I used to work for Douglass's and sometimes crossed that ferry several times a day.

The Wife said...

That's very cool!

fernvalley01 said...

I never knew of the Ferry either, thanks for the pics I may need to check that out some day

Anonymous said...

Love the ferry! Hope the headache eases up soon.

LindaG said...

Pretty neat! :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, the Finnigan Ferry...LOVE this post! I can't even tell you the number of times I've crossed over on that! We used to go swimming off the sides too. Lots of our friends have been the "ferry men" over the years...great memories! Thanks!!

Mikey said...

How very cool! You so rarely see ferries anymore these days. Thanks for taking the pics and sharing it with us!

gowestferalwoman said...

Ok, did I miss this somewhere, where you were/are a professional journalist? This is why i love reading your 'stuff ~ your pictures tell a story and its INTERESTING !!

Isnt it amazing the ways and things we take for granted are actually something pretty special? Not many people have ferries to use! Thank you for posting this!!!

Crystal said...

Those are pretty good pictures of the ferry. Sure shows what its really like!

Anonymous said...

ok pardon my lateness :)... that's so cool! See I'm finding more and more reasons to go to Canada!