The featured image above is looking back down on Forum Lake, a kilometer below, from the top of the Akamina Ridge. Forum is where Charlie began his ascent to the summit, alone.
And that summit, which very few people hiked on some days, was what BJ was so concerned about. Especially the alone part.
Charlie and BJ had just walked most of the way around Henderson Lake. This was one of their favourite walks, and it was only fifteen minutes from home.
They’d ended up taking the shortcut across the two footbridges at the east end, though. Charlie was hungry, and he wanted to get back to the deck of the restaurant in the Henderson Lake Golf Club’s clubhouse for one of their fabulous Deluxe Canada Burgers. And their famous fries. And malt vinegar. And a Labatt 50.
Going counterclockwise from the clubhouse, the path runs right alongside the golf course.
At the east end, there are some war trophies from World War I and a memorial. There are two more memorials along the north shore. One honors the 261 fallen comrades of the 25th Battery in World War I, and the other honors those who served in World War II in the 20th Anti-Tank Battery, and in the 2nd Anti-Tank Regiment, and in the Royal Canadian Artillery.
There are also a number of playgrounds on the north side, which is the main part of the park.
This park is very well used.
One of the many playgrounds.
Here are the two footbridges.
That’s the clubhouse and the deck on the other side of the eighteenth green.
This photo below is supposed to represent the following from the chapter you just read:
“Four women were on the eighteenth green, which was a hundred feet from the deck. One had landed in the water hazard that wraps around the north edge of the green.
“The women were rushing their putts. The rain was picking up. Better to sacrifice a couple strokes than get too wet.”
As I said, “supposed to.” But you’d really have to be willing to suspend your disbelief for that to happen.
And finally, a couple shots of the Akamina Ridge as a reminder to show you what BJ was concerned about. There are more photos available on Post 3c, The Akamina Ridge.
BJ was definitely not happy with Charlie’s hiking. You just read about her mimicking his demise.
“Hello, is this Bobby Jo? I’m a warden at Waterton. One of our people just found what’s left of Charlie up on the Akamina Ridge. You can come and get him if you’d like, or we could FedEx him. Just a couple bones, as well as some ID and camera stuff.”
And the movie with the wolves, which they’d picked up at the library on the way home, made matters far worse, as you saw at the end of the chapter.
Comments about the two German field guns at Henderson Lake
Germany used the 10 cm K 17 field gun in both World War I and World War II. It replaced the K 14. The K 17 has an interesting history.
The K 17 in the photos above and below, without its carriage (wheels), was captured by the 50th Battalion, based out of Calgary, on 28 September 1918, northwest of Raillencourt, France, close to the Marquion-Cambrai road.
The other field gun at Gunnery Point is a 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 1902 (15 cm. s.F.H. 02), a powerful field howitzer. In Belgium and France, at the beginning of World War I, this howitzer gave the German forces an advantage. France and Britain had nothing comparable.
A closer look at the trophies.
Update: My brother-in-law, G, told me my “small tank” is actually a personnel carrier. I checked, and it’s probably an M113 APC Armored Personnel Carrier. See:(http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Armoured_personnel_carrier.)
Apparently, most Canadians are unaware that the weapons on public display in Canada from both World Wars are often, in fact, German War Trophies.
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