|note the different colours of the buildings|
In the spring of 2013 High River and surrounding area were drowned in flood waters from a fierce spring rain storm. Calgary and other towns around the area were also badly effected but High River took the brunt of the floods and is still rebuilding. I cannot begin to tell you the devastation we saw and won't even try. But what was impressive was the ability of the town to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding. They have a very long way to go and a lot of tough decisions to make regarding dike building and flood plain lands but one can see that they are getting there quickly.
This is a photo from Fraser and Norma's deck:
Because of the floods the campgrounds in High River were closed so we stayed in Okotoks, a town just north of there. And enjoyed several meals with Fraser and Norma. One at their home where Fraser planked and barbequed a salmon he caught on his annual British Columbia fishing trip:
|On go the secret spices|
|Ready to serve|
cedar boards - 3/4" thick, soaked in water overnight. (as you can see above they will still burn so watch them while cooking)
seafood seasoning (I think Fraser used Club House seafood seasoning but Old Bay would work well also)
salt and pepper
Rub the salmon with olive oil and drizzle on maple syrup. sprinkle with dill, seafood seasoning and salt and pepper.
Place on wet cedar planks and set directly on barbeque grill. Set heat to medium, close lid and cook until salmon flakes easily. About 10 minutes per inch of thickness.
Serve at the table from the boards.
Fraser used cedar fencing (not hard to find in Alberta) for the planks. If you do this be sure it has not been treated with anything.
Another night they joined us for s steak barbeque at our campsite:
And to end, our impression of Alberta ranch land:
|It is a land of wide open spaces|
|And big farm equipment|
|overseen by the Rocky Mountains|