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Memory Monday – The Art of Crossing Creeks

The hiking trips at SJSA always involved crossing and re-crossing creeks. Depending on a variety on situations, the options for crossing were numerous. Shallow, slow moving verses depth and speed of water would determine what approach was taken. Individual preferences… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – The First Canoes

Students at both the Manitoba and Alberta schools have experienced canoe trips using the first canoes purchased by the school in the 1960’s, the Spokane Garry and the Cockran (sometimes spelled Cochrane). It is remarkable that these canoes lasted in… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – The Grease Trap!

Most “nasty” jobs on crew work would not create the humorous reaction shown in this photo. We all know what a horrible job cleaning out the grease trap was! What are your memories of the grease trap clean up? Can… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – The Brigade That Crossed 1/3 of the Continent

In the Spring of 1971, an Alberta school brigade of 6 canoes crossed three provinces, and 1600 miles, to paddle from the Alberta school to the Manitoba school. This was, at the time, the longest trip the schools had attempted…. Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Morning Surprises…

On outdoor trips, you just never know what tricks the weather is going to play on you. Particularly during trips on the “shoulder seasons” of Spring and Fall. At the Alberta school the Fall trips could bring cold temperatures and… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Strange Things Done …

While scanning slides, negatives and photos from the archives, I have come across some odd photos. This week’s may tax the memories for some of the “old guys”. While the one on the left may be considered by some out… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – April Fools!

April Fools Day – we always held our breath on this day, knowing that some students were going to pull a fast one . One legendary prank involved a group of students who moved all the furniture from the duty… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – The “Genesee Ghost(s)”?

Back in the day, at the Alberta school, there were stories of the “Genesee Ghost”. There has been many a young man working late in the classroom wing who has provided, in vivid detail, stories of the ghost. Perhaps I… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – A Bridge Too Far?

This photo looks to be of an inter school snowshoe race… but I’m not sure which province, likely Manitoba. It must have been quite chilly based on the spectators with their hoods up. The snowshoers working hard – their layers… Continue Reading →

Memory Monday – Tricky Trails…

What is the trickiest snowshoe trail you have conquered? With the mountain trips in Alberta, some might says it would have to be there. Perhaps not – if you have to navigate trees, steep hills and even creeks with deadfall… Continue Reading →

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