卷首语 —（文 / 闻笛；译 / 彧蛇）
Preamble —（By: Wendi；Tr. by: Shadow Snake）
In the famous fairyland-like Canadian Rocky Mountains, there lies the Highway 93, which is one of the most beautiful scenic roads in the world. It stretches for hundreds of kilometers and has spectacular scenery and full of charm all year round. Driving through here, you can see waterfalls, lakes, grasslands, black forests, and mountain mist, majestic peaks covered with snow, as well as clear streams and rivers passing through the outside of your car windows at times …
Not only do these changing of landscapes make people feel un-lonely on the journey, but they make people feel overwhelmed that their eyes cannot keep up with the changing of the scenery. And if you are lucky, you can also see all kinds of rare and fierce wild animals that are unique to the northern snowfield, such as bighorn sheep, caribou, moose, and even grizzly bears and black bears.
However, this is also a winding and even stumbling mountain road with uphill and downhill, steep cliffs and ever-changing climate, which makes the journey full of unpredictable variables and challenges! Especially in winter and early spring, roads covered with snow and ice are extremely dangerous.
Wang Anshi, a famous writer in Song Dynasty in ancient China, once said, ” In a flat and close place, there would be many people coming to visit; In a dangerous and distant places, fewer people would come to visit. However, the wonderful, magnificent, rare and unusual landscapes in the world are often in the dangerous, remote and inaccessible places, so people without will power would not reach them” As the saying goes, the strange and unusual landscapes in the world are often in difficult, remote and inaccessible places, and only people with strong will can reach their destination and appreciate them.
In this article, the lead character drove nearly 1,000 kilometers from Vancouver to the Rockies back in March of this year. On his way back, he encountered a snowstorm on Highway 93. However, he was calm and composed during the difficult driving trip over the mountain range. He finally completed this challenging adventure with courage and perseverance, and thus had a deeper respect and understanding of the natural and human environment of the Rockies. Now, let’s follow his footsteps, walk into the Rockies together, and walk into Highway 93 through the snowstorm.
Crazy Driving — A blizzard in the Rocky Mountains (by Geyou Han/tr. by Sibin Lu)
Vancouver’s spring blossoms in March, but the Rocky Mountains are still frozen in snow. The emerald Lake Louise, the magical Johnson Canyon, and the famous town of Banff are all lying quietly in a world of snow and ice. Perhaps, only the footprints of the brown bear and the traces of the explorers’ sleighs can sign the vitality of nature.
Two days ago, I risked the devastating epidemic and flew from Los Angeles to Vancouver, and then drove nearly a thousand kilometers to the Rocky Mountains to enjoy this feast of ice and snow to my heart’s content. Especially in the small town of Banff, which is located in the mountains, the fairy tale-like story and the heaven-like artistic conception make every tourist who comes here deeply mesmerized.
When I got up in the morning, I enjoyed the dazzling snow-capped mountains under the sun on the balcony of the hotel, and once again tasted the small town surrounded by morning mist under Cascade Mountain (meaning waterfall), and only after these could I reluctantly started my journey back, driving on a provincial highway from Calgary to Vancouver. The road was not wide, and both sides were piled with snow from snow plowing truck, almost cliffing above the roof. Because this section of the road is relatively flat, the police often ambush behind the snowdrifts to hunt for speeding vehicles. While driving carefully, I watched for the presence of police cars at any time. Holding an American driver’s license, I was afraid I’d be in trouble if I got stopped by the Canadian police. However, I could not help speeding once a while when driving on such a plain, silver-covered wilderness, with forest and snow-capped mountains flashing past the window. Fortunately, we slowed down in time when we spotted a roadside police car several times.
There is a snow-capped mountain standing upright ahead. If you say it’s lonely, countless peaks stand side by side. If you say they are rich, it stands alone in the depths of the wasteland. The endless mountains do highlight an unique personality. Jiemy said: “This seems to be closed to Brokeback Mountain.”
Duoyi is an excellent artist who is also a national first-class actor, screenwriter, and director. She suddenly asked: “Do you know the story of Brokeback Mountain?”. “Brokeback Mountain” is a famous Canadian movie that tells the story of a gay young man. The film won the Golden Lion Award at the 78th Golden Image Awards and the 62nd Venice Film Festival in 2006.
Duoyi explained: “Brokeback Mountain is not a mountain, but an area of the Rocky Mountains.” Here is the setting of the movie, a beautiful, sad and touching story, a picture of the most beautiful North American scenery.
When we set off, we had discussed that by returning from another road, we could avoid the mountain road we took when we came, which should be quick and safe. But during our chat about the Brokeback Mountain, without paying attention, we crossed the glacier and changed the route.
The car ran on the flat plain for a while, and then drove up the mountain along the winding canyon road. The bright sunshine gradually turned into a foggy sky, the mountain was getting higher and higher, and the snowstorm stronger. Eventually we embarked on a long and dangerous driving unwittingly.
From the small town of Banff to Vancouver is more than 900 kilometers, it must traverse the entire Rocky Mountains for about 300 kilometers. On the way there, the weather was good. Although it was also icy and snowy, the snow plowing truck was clearing away snow at any time, and the road could barely fit for driving. But today I was driving in a snowstorm on the Rocky Mountains at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, and my vehicle was an ordinary BMW 3X with a very light body with no snow tires.
In such a big snowstorm, the level of danger can be imagined. Having been more than 100 kilometers away from Banff, it is impossible to turn around, let alone halt the car on the mountain, as there was nowhere to hide. In the wilderness of minus 15 to 30 degrees Celcious, there was almost no sign of life except for a few vehicles passing by occasionally. Even worse, brown bears and tigers and leopards could be coming out looking for food, so stopping would be life-threatening.
I reduced the speed from 110 kilometers to 80 or 60, and I had to be very careful when I braked, otherwise the consequences would be disastrous if I lost control. Occasionally, heavy trucks and off-road vehicles with snow chains would follow, and they would keep honking their horns behind to urge me to accelerate. Because the truck can’t stop at all on the snow-covered road, especially the long downhill, it is very easy to be rear-ended when the speed is slow.
Jiemy is a quick-tempered person, and he often interferes with the driver. Once he thought that I was too slow to maintain 60 kilometers per hour on a long, icy, downhill road, and asked me to accelerate; another time I let some trucks to bypass in order to avoid a truck. But he thought I should overtake them, because it was safer for the truck to be behind. Anyway no matter how angry he got, I ignored him.
Once, maybe due to fatigue, I was in a trance and mistook the accelerator as brake. Not only did I not slow down, but instead I accelerated and slipped. I immediately released the accelerator and stepped on the brakes to control the car. Duoyi asked me: “What happened just now?” I said “nothing much” lightly.
After more than three hours of hectic driving, I don’t know how many mountains and ridges have been crossed, we finally came to the small town at the bottom of the mountain. The gas station and the surrounding environment were different from the day before yesterday. The blizzard had already wrapped it up, and the road was almost invisible. once I braked my car slightly at the only traffic light I encountered, and it slipped for more than one meter before stopping. The sound of friction between the wheels and the snow was very harsh, which shocked the policemen who was parked on the side.
I parked the car and found out that I had just climbed the mountain for five hours. It was Highway 93 when I went there. It was not like Highway 95 at all. These few hours of dangerous driving could be completely avoided if we took Highway No. 95. Of course, None should I complain, but feel very fortunate, because this crazy driving across the Rocky Mountains in a snowstorm was another challenging adventure in my life.
What I learned from this trip is not only the stories and magnificent scenery of the Rocky Mountains, but also the magnificence of nature through the blizzard. The Indians who have lived here for generations have the same proud body and perseverance as the Rocky Mountains’ character of bravery.
Looking up at the mountains shrouded in the blizzard, I bowed deeply with admiration, and then continued on the journey that was still full of danger ahead.
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