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With my grandmother at her house in Calgary. She had First Nations ancestry.

My Grandpa, Charles Rankin fly fishing at Boom Lake. This is mom's dad.

This is my other grandpa. Dad's dad. He left for battle just months before dad was born.


At 11 years of age with my brother in the Peace River valley. This is near Bear Flat at the old gravel pit.

My beautiful sister Patricia Carol standing on the banks of the Peace River with her dog, Sheba. This was near Old Fort.

Fencing my Dad's land in Dawson Creek using a tracked loader with my older brother. The neighbor had a cat, hoe and truck and I played at making roads and building a dugout for our horses. After trying the rigs and then construction I finally got a job at 19 that I really liked. It was running skidder, log loader and buncher in the hill country near Kakwa River. It was a camp job.

I moved back to Dawson Creek to go to work for Reg Norman Trucking just before I turned 20. I ran cat and truck and we logged in the winters. He was a great guy to work for.

A Horse And His Boy

"Some friends leave footprints in your heart." Eleanor Roosevelt.

"God gave us horses so we could fly without wings." unknown author.

"The best thing for the inside of a man is the outside of a horse." General Grant of the American Civil War.

I'm about 6 or so in this picture.

This is my first horse, Wendy. A registered Arab/Thoroughbred cross in Dawson Creek.

My mountain horse, Big Jake, a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross. Fearless of bears and trained for harness, saddle and to shoot off of.

Move to Mountain Country

When the oilfields and the winter logging got slow around Dawson Creek I went to work in the mines.

Building a road with a D10N at a mine near Tumbler Ridge.

After I ran cat for a few years I started running this large track hoe.

Then I went onto this P&H 2100 BLE electric cable shovel.

Back in the Oilfields

When I returned back into the oilfields I went driving low bed.

This is an off-highway load on winter roads.

Working in winter is challenging and fun.

I drove this particular truck off the lot brand new and it was my home on wheels.

Here I am pulling a legal 64,000 kg. gross weight load on 7 axles onto the Alaska Highway near Pink Mountain.

Road Maintenance Supervisor

On the job as road construction/maintenance supervisor. The Laprise 100 man camp behind me was my home base for 10 years.

Time Off

Hiking along the Sikanni Chief River after a long day in the field.

Sikanni River grizzly bears.

This is my favorite way to spend a day off in the Rockies.

Hiking up on Cougar Cliffs. This was November, 2015 and winter was late arriving.

Charlie Lake at sunset.

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