So 2 chiefs & a priest travel to Europe, part 6

“…keeps changing direction, always angry, always
making noise; gets as white as snow, keeps jumping up and down…”

– – and they’re not even talking about The White Man! 🙂 

(Previous installment here.)

Kicking Horse Pass 1887

     Iaka chako aias son alta. <x> Wik saia lakit tintin, nsaika
     It got to be full daylight then.  <x>  Near four o’clock, we 

stop kopa iht ilhi iaka nim Bivir, klunas ayu bivir kopa ukuk
stopped at a place called Beaver, maybe there were lots of beaver at that 

ilihi ankati. <x Golden.> Kwinam tintin nsaika tlap Goldin,
place in the past.  <x>  Golden.  At five o’clock we reached Golden,

iawa mitlait oihat pus klatwa kopa Kutni ilihi. Mitlait ayu
there’s a road there to go to the Kootenays.  There are lots of 

tlus haws kopa Goldin, iaka drit tlus tanas tawn.
nice houses in Golden, it’s a really nice little town.

     <x>

     <Kicking Horse.>

     Chi nsaika mash Goldin pi nsaika nanich Kiking Hors Chok:
     Once we left Golden, we saw the Kicking Horse River; 

klunas ikta pi ukuk ilihi tlap nim Kiking Hors …. klunas iht kyutan
who knows why that place got the name Kicking Horse…maybe a horse

mamuk kik iht mula, pi ukuk mula fol dawn kopa chok, pi klaska
kicked some sawmill, and the mill fell into the river, so they 

mamuk nim ukuk chok Kiking Hors.
named that river Kicking Horse.  

     Pi drit aias masachi ukuk chok: iaka ayu kuli kopa ston
     And that river is really nasty; it’s always running over rocks 

pi kopa mawntin, ayu oihoi iaka oihat; iaka ayu saliks, ayu
and mountains, changing its course; it’s always angry, always 

wawa; iaka chako tkop kakwa sno, ayu chomp kopa kikuli. <x> Stim kar
yelling; it gets as white as snow, always jumping up and down.  <x>  The rail-

oihat ayu fait kopa ukuk Kiking Hors Chok, mamuk ayu ston
way is always fighting against that Kicking Horse River, building lots of rock 

wals, ayu ston kalahan; ayu brich, pi ayu hol kopa mawntin
walls, lots of stone fences: lots of bridges, and lots of holes through the mountains,

pi lili iaka kanamokst ukuk masachi chok: <40> mails nsaika
because it’s together with that nasty river for a long ways.  40 miles we  

kuli kanamokst ukuk Kiking Hors Chok: nsaika klatwa sahali pi
traveled along that Kicking Horse River: we climbed and 

ukuk chok chako kikuli. Wik kata nsaika aiak kuli, drit
that river descended.  We couldn’t travel fast, it was really 

stīp nsaika oihat: tlun awrs nsaika kuli <44> mail, pi nsaika
steep, our path was: in three hours we went 44 miles, and we 

tlap <2600> fut sahali. Ukuk mawntin kah nsaika klatwa alta
gained 2,600 feet in altitude.  The mountains where we were going along then 

iaka nim Roki Mawntin.
were called the Rocky Mountains.  

     <Field.>

     Taham tintin pi sitkom nsaika tlap kopa iht ilihi iaka nim
     At six-thirty we got to a place called 

Fīld. Iakwa nsaika nanich iht aias makmak haws, drit aias.
Field.  Here we saw a big hotel, a huge one. 

Pi kimta kopa ukuk makmak haws mitlait iht drit aias sahali
And behind this hotel was an extremely tall

mawntin, iaka <10500> fut sahali kopa oihat; pi oihat
mountain, it was 10,500 feet above the railway: and the railway 

iaka <4050> sahali kopa solt chok. <x> Kimta wiht mitlait iht
was 4,050 [feet] above the sea.  <x>  Further behind was a 

mawntin <12000>, pi iht <13000> fut sahali kopa kah nsaika
mountain that was 12,000, and one that was 13,000 feet above where we

mitlait.
were.

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