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To someone used to living in the lowlands of the Midwest, it's hard to underestimate the impact of the sight of the Rockies rising out of the high plain here in Alberta. From a distance they look like a wall, sheer and uninviting. I can only imagine the effect this view had on the earliest pioneers – certainly it made feel as if there was a great big 'STOP' sign planted firmly in the landscape. An amazing sight.

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