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A few things from around here . . . .

Rick C
June 19th, 2006, 08:50 AM
A few things from around here . . . . . from Abby & Keeper's updated photoblog . . . .

Abby and Keeper pause for breath Saturday on the Picklejar Lakes trail, via Lantern Creek in Kananaskis Country . . . . Abby later did a coyote leap off an incline like this after she spotted a rodent . . . . about five feet straight out and ten feet down, although she accomplished the feat in a graceful arc.

As we got above the timber line, the temperature dropped, clouds closed in and some snow started to fall . . . . . our spur of the moment hike had found us already late in the day with another good half hour to an hour of trudging upwards to clear the ridge to the left of Abby . . . . . we had to turn back with the promise to come again.

Keeper descends, the vehicle still miles away, far off in the valley

Abby wiles away a summer day mousing in the tall grass of her Alberta home . . . . incidentally, the horizon really does curve away, the farthest mountain top visible in the picture about 80 kilometres (50 miles) away or more.

Polly introspective . . . . . we have to keep a special eye on our two-footed feline outside right now as both Carol and our neighbour have spotted a Lynx miss denning nearby, a rare sighting.

Lazing away a Sunday summer afternoon with Keeper, watching the tall grass wave in the breeze

Gully running with Abby, a storm brewing in the background . . . . unfortunely, we didn't get back in time and were drenched!!!

These and other photo's at Abby & Keeper's updated photoblog at if you are interested.

Rick C

Furbaby Momma
June 19th, 2006, 09:57 AM
Rick C. your Goldens are beautiful and your cat Polly looks like a real sweetheart. I grew up in Kimberley B.C. but now I live in small Northern Ontario town and I miss the mountains a lot so seeing your pictures really made me smile. Thank you for sharing your pictures and thank you for the compliment on my picture of my four Retrievers, I am so lucky to share my life with my furkids as I'm sure you feel the same way.

June 19th, 2006, 02:34 PM
Great pics again, Rick.:)

June 19th, 2006, 02:51 PM
Your dogs always look so "alert and ready" in your photos. Always such beautiful scenery.

jesse's mommy
June 19th, 2006, 04:07 PM
As always, I'm truly jealous of where you live. It's so beautiful and your pictures are wonderful.

Would you like to adopt me?

June 19th, 2006, 07:37 PM
Get in line Jesse's mommy!Beautiful pictures Rick,Abby and Keeper are so lucky.

June 20th, 2006, 08:00 AM
Rick, where is that trail? We go to Kananaskis quite often, but have never come across that one! It's beautiful!!! And your dogs are gorgeous too!!!

June 20th, 2006, 08:07 AM
ooooh pretty!

All of it!


Rick C
June 20th, 2006, 01:01 PM
Rick, where is that trail? We go to Kananaskis quite often, but have never come across that one! It's beautiful!!! And your dogs are gorgeous too!!!

Lantern Creek is on the "Longview side" of the summit on Highway 40, south of Kananaskis Lakes.

You park in the Lantern Creek lot, walk across the highway to the north side of the creek and the trail should be obvious . . . . then it's up, up, up . . . . . the trail gets tougher and steeper the higher you go. Beautiful but challenging to your fitness. My guidebook said a gain of about 1000 feet but I think it was a lot more than that. I think you start at about 5,500 to 6,000 feet anyway!!!

There is also a Picklejar Creek parking lot but that is not the one to use to get to the lakes . . . . also the Picklejar Creek trail is kind of crappy.

Thanks for your comments everyone!!!

A typical afternoon prairie thunderstorm explodes over Calgary, behind the hill over Keeper's shoulders.

Rick C