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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Friday, September 11, 1970 Irish Palm Trees Amaze Visitors To Emerald Isle By EVALEEN ELLIS From Irish jokes, grim (ales of the 19th century famine, and sentimental songs such as "I'll meet you in the garden where the praties (potatoes) 'many people think of potatoes when they think of Ireland. So a first-time visitor expect- ing to see fields and fields of potatoes is in for a surprise. If there are patches of potatoes behind the low stone walls, they fade into the general greenery of the island. What decs stand out are the palm trees, totally unexpected, that thrive in the southern part of the country a little above- and south of Shan- non and Dublin. Somehow vi- sions, of Ireland never included palm trees. In. Dublin most cottages and stone houses have a palm tree growing in the small front gar- den and estates have clumps cf palms. They are seen every- where around the capital whether on the way out to Howtli to hear the Abbey Tav- ern singers (a thirty-cent bus ride) or driving south into the Wicklow Hills to see the gar- dens at Powerscourt. Dubliners claim they have the widest short bridge in the world and with 12 traffic lanes, it probably is. It must also be one of the few bridges in tho world with a centre strip of palms. The traffic island and pe- destrian walkway beside the bridge are marked out with potted palms against the bus- es, trucks, care and bikes tha fly by. Over on the other side of th island things ar.e even palmie because the gulf stream wafts in to kiss the western shore be fore curving along and aroun the coasts. Even on the Dingle, Ilia rocky, windswept, mountaihou and most northerly of Count Kerry's peninsulas, the palm trees grow. Visitors marvel as mucl over the gardens around Kil larney as they do over iL mountains and lakes. The drive around the Ring of Kerry along narrow roads edged will old stone fences with fuchsia hedges tumbling over them And at a resort at Parknasilla on Kenmare Bay the growth is almost sub-tropical, with palm trees crowding out holly, yev and arbutus. Around Youghal in Count) Cork where Sir Walter Raleigh is supposed >to have planted thi first potatoes from the nev world in an Irish garden, figs and nectarines grow, as tha; do in other spots along the coast. Irish palm trees are not the waving coconut 'palms of the Caribbean, and although growth is luxuriant the south ern Irish scene is more Med- iterranean than sub-tropical. A' any rate, it's a surprise to see a palm tree thriving beside the familiar thatch-roofed Irish cottage. Maybe the song should be changed to, "I'll meet you o'er in Ireland where the palm trees WE AT AMA WORLD TRAVEL Are STILL HERE to serve you for FLIGHT RESERVATIONS Within Canada or Abroad! No need to call long distance just dial 328-7921 or 328-1771 (3 lines) or call in person at 903 3rd Aye. 5., Lethbridge for reservations and ticketing. NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! Free customer parking at the rear of our building All Inquiries Welcome! AMA WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 903 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 328-1771 SCARLET SPECTACULAR The annual salmon run in British Columbia is about to begin, when the fish return to their original spawning grounds. The salmon are brilliant scarlet with green snouts during this mating season. Courtesy Imperial Oil Review esin In B.C. QOLD, it is usually believed is the most valuable com modity to come out of the rivers of British Columbia. But a phenomenon of nature which is also one of the world's most dramatic tourist "attrac ions" and which is due to put on its annual spectacular again :his fall, puts gold in the shade these days. It gives in aboul week's duration a small 300-acre stretch of one B.C. riverbed a staggering produc- ive capacity of some mil- ion dollars in a good y.ear ant has earned for it the title of 'the world's richest It is the sockeye salmon run on the Adams River which, in peak year such, as 197C >rings up to 12 million of the spectacularly scarlet fish all h e way from the Pacific Ocean to spawn in a brilliant mass in the Adams shallows. "You can just about walk across the river on their jacks." That's the description f Bob Solosth, an expatriate who can hardly help wing an authority on the sub- ect since his Little River resort at Squilax is vir- ually on the front doorstep of "le rim. "They usually arrive between c t o b e r 20 and says ust after it." The Adams jolosth. "But anybody who's lanning to come up to see the almon and who's also keen on ishing should either come a lit- le early or stay a little late ecause, while catches aren't ood at the run's peak, we get uperb fishing just before and River sockeye un, as well as being one of na- ure's most spectacular mar- els, is also one of the most ccessible. The river empties nto the western end of Shu- wap Lake, well known as a cenic vacation area, and a jecial public viewing site, .ght on the banks of the most rolific spawning area, is less lian five miles along a black opped road that turns off the r a n s-Canada Highway at Squilax, 42 miles east oJ Kamlcops. At the viewing site itself, platform has been built .out the water, so that visitors can look straight down into the threshing scarlet shallows. (The mating sockeyes' heads, however, in startling contrast, are brilliant green.) The saga behind the presence of the spawning sockeye is as dramatic as the sight itself. The newly hatched fry spenc their first year in Shuswap are fine food for trout, which accounts for Suswap's superb fislu'ng then, as fingerlings and slil] only 3-4 inches long, start on the tremendous journey to the salt-water feeding grounds of the far ocean. In their fourth year, and now weighing about seven pounds, they begin the long journey home, to precisely the same grounds where they themselves were spawned. Runs with des- tinations deep in the interior of B.C. have sometimes been spot- ted building up as far as 175 degrees meridian of west longi- tude halfway to Japan. The fish assume their spectacu-' lar scarlet hue only on re-entry in fresh water.. The route of the Adams River sock.eye lies through the tumultuous waters of the Fra- ser Canyon which is just one reason why, of the eggs deposited on average by each female sockeye in the Adams shallows, a maximum of 20 may mature and survive to re- turn as adult spawners in gold seasons, while in bad ones the survival rats may be as low as two or three. Which sounds sad from the sockeye's point of view. But so' far as visitors to the Adams River in October arc concern- ed, these few survivors, mass- ed into their millions, make up one of the greatest pageants of nature in the world. More, it is a predictable pag- eant. From sightings of the run as it passes along the Fraser, residents of the Chase and Squilax district know a week or two in advance just when to ex- pect the phone call ahead will ensure that intend- ing visitors are on the spot at the right time and it is wise precaution in terms of accom- modation too, since many of the resorts in the area close in September. In the immediate vicinity, and open at the right time, is Solosth's Little River Lodge, and there are also ac- commodation facilities at Chase and Salmon Arm, re- spectively seven miles west and 25 miles east of Squilax on the Trans-Canada Highway. Nightclub Tom- Judging from the grow ing number of customers, the nightclub tour introduced last January by the tourist office of Stuttgart, West Germany's me- tropolis amidst forests and vineyards, seems to fulfil a real need. The price of 45 Ger- man marks includes a visit to half a dozen restaurants and nightspots with drinks .and a snack. Monument To Friendship Moorish Castle Stands For Four Decades In Broiling Heat Of Death Valley DEATH VALLEY, Calif. (AP) Travellers might think it a mirage: a million Moorish castle, rising in the middle of the broiling desert, 70 miles from the nearest set- tlement But the structure is real and has stood for four decades as a sort of monument to the friendship of a "desert rat" and a wealthy Chicago finan- cier. Now it has been taken over by the National Park Service. You can visit it, if you're will- ing to tackle the heat. The castle was built by Wal- tei E. sometime pro- spector known as Death Val- ley maintained for years that his wealth came from a secret gold mine. Years later it became known his "gold mine" was Albert Mussey Johnson of Chi- cago. Scotty lived to be 81, Johnson 75. Before his death in 1948, Johnson confided that it was he who paid for the castle, adding: "I've been grubstak- ing him all along." INSURANCE MAN Johnson said his own wealth came from his post as presi- dent and board chairman of the National Life Insurance Co. The two old cronies enjoyed their secret friendship. "I was in a serious train wreck in Johnson once said. "It crippled rne up. Coctors said I'd never live to see 40. "I met Scotty. He brought me out to Death Valley. I got my health back in the moun- tains with Scotty.. "I built the castle. I've lent Scotty a great (teal of money over the years. He's paid me back in Scotty's grave lies on a knoll near the fabulous build- ing he never really owned. He IMPORTED FROM AUSTRALIA: One of the World's Best Burgundies LINDEMAN'S ST CORA AUSTRALIAN BURGUNDY Surprised? You shouldn't be, for Lindeman's Burgundy is the crowning achieve- ment of] 50 years of fine wine-making tradition. It's aged a full 4 years in oak', a further year in the bottle qualify touches that show in every taste. Lindeman's Burgundy-one of the world's best Try some and see for yourself. died in 1954. His castle hasn't been changed since then. The magnificent structure houses an impressive art collection and a pipe organ, contains 18 fireplaces and has lovely indoor foun- tains. World's Largest Wine Festival The biggest wine festival in the world, the annual Wurst- markt, or Sausage Mart, held in Bad Duerkheim in Ger- many's Palatinate region, will be held from Sept. 12 to 15 and 18 to 21. There will be six big wine halls, 36 smaller wine tents and 40 sausage and chick- en grills. Some gallons of wine are consumed every year. Of course, there is also a fun fair, and fireworks take place on Sept. 18 and 21. The festival area covers square feet in the country's largest wine- growing region. Many craftsmen were brought here from Europe to work on the edifice with its tall turrets, great halls, tile roof and white plaster walls. The castle was willed to tha Gospel Foundation of Califor- nia which sold it to the Na- tional Park Service for After taking over the castle, the foundation operated it as a resort opened to the public. But when this turned out to be uneconomical the foundation began conducting guided tours only. The foundation said persons a year have paid each to tour the struc- ture. Explaining why the castle had been left to the foundation in the first place, a spokes- man said: "Scotty and John- son did not want the castle to fall into private hands and be operated for a profit." The park service took over the castle in July along with acres of surrounding de- sert and said it would con- tinue offering tours. P. IAWSON TRAVEL LTD. 13th ANNIVERSARY IN LETKBRIDGE Help us celebrate during September Take your pick of the many Christmas and winter Vacations available and Book Now! ROYAL WINTER AGRICULTURAL FAIR TORONTO, NOVEMBER 10th 20th. All inclusive tour leaving Calgary Nov. I Oth. from ................................S301 HAWAII FLY ONE WAY SHIP THE OTHER Steamship space now available First and tourist class VANCOUVER TO HONOLULU Arcadia Feb. Arcadia July HONOLULU TO VANCOUVER Oriana Dec. Arcadia Feb. HAWAII Two-week all inclusive vacations from Calgary as law as.............................S352 DEPARTURES Dec. 19th, 26th; Jan. 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th; Feb. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th. April 3. INCLUDING Round trip air fare, transfers, le! greet- ings, 14 night accommodations in air-conditioned hotels with swimming pool, overnight bag, ticket wallet. 'R LAWSON TRAVEL OFFICES COAST-TO-COAST MARQUIS HOTEL PHONE 328-3000 OUR TOP VOLUME DEALING ENABLES US TO GIVE YOU TOP VALUE FOR YOUR DOLLAR Means... VEGA ...for YOU on our remaining 1970 brand new Models and Company Demonstrators CONVENIENT GMAC TERMS TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET It's the Service after the Sale that counts M Putting You FIRST Keeps Us FIRST CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE Main Garage and Showroom Phone 327-3147 OK Supermarket Car Lot Phone 327-3148 MOTORS INSURANCE CORPORATION tH in automobile physic 1 1 Ir.surinci. by Generil Melon ttiktt, ;