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Abby at the waterfall

Rick C
June 11th, 2007, 09:27 AM
Out walking a bit on Saturday, we came across Troll Falls, near Nakiska in Kananaskis, overflowing with melt water . . . . . intimidating Abby a little bit as she sticks her head out from behind a tree for a look amid the spray and thunder. Ironically, only moments before the dynamic duo had scared a young lady witless who thought they might be bears emerging from the trees (even a smaller black bear is about four times bigger . . . . . but this is primo Grizzly country so her jumpiness is well warranted.)

Keeper, below, finds a more palatable stream to lay down in . . . .

Swamping on Stoney Trail, below . . . . . we were scouting out the terrain I'll have to run on an 18.1 km leg of the Kananaskis 100 in a few weeks . . . . or more accurately, scouting the terrain I'll try to survive. This is going to hurt. A lot. :pray:

Below, winter fades to summer for Keeper, at her home in southwestern Alberta . . . .

Rick C

June 11th, 2007, 09:39 AM
Gorgeous as always Rick! Beautiful pix :highfive:


June 11th, 2007, 10:27 AM
Thanks for reminding us how priviledged we are to live in Canada. Abby and keeper have every reason to look so "zen".

June 11th, 2007, 11:26 AM
oh my lovely pics... i wish i live something even remotely as beautiful as there.
abbey and keeper are looking gorgeous and happy as always

June 11th, 2007, 11:31 AM
Keeper looks soo comfy in the stream :cloud9: Beautiful pics, I wish I was there.

June 11th, 2007, 11:33 AM
Beautiful - just beautiful! Aren't we fortunate to live amongst such beauty??

June 11th, 2007, 12:25 PM
You have such an eye for getting that perfect shot. As I scroll down I think the next picture couldn't possibly be better than the one I am currently looking at, but I am always wrong.
Do you constantly scout the horizon for bears when you are on your hikes? What would Abbey and Keeper do if they saw one off in the distance?

Rick C
June 11th, 2007, 12:33 PM
I whistle periodically as we are walking through bear country . . . . a particular whistle that the dogs know is not for them. And I'll talk to Abby and Keeper occasionally. I should probably get some bear spray.

The key is not to surprise any animal. Surprise is bad. Make some noise. Let them know you're coming. They'll probably move.

Abby and Keeper had a bear encounter a few years ago . . . . . a bear came out behind me on a trail. It had waited for us to pass. It turned a bit to sniff in our direction but I kept walking and Abby and Keeper, on leashes ahead of me, never saw the bear.

Grizzlies last year in K-Country, not far from the pictures above. A lot bigger than a Golden!!!

Rick C

June 11th, 2007, 01:19 PM
Beautiful as always. :cloud9:

June 11th, 2007, 03:37 PM
wow. I think it's impossible to take bad shot in the places that you hike Rick, just amazing. I love the one of Keeper in the stream, it's like she's relaxing at home on the floor, but much wetter.

June 11th, 2007, 03:55 PM
Aww Rick,you and the doggies are sooo lucky,it's just beautiful where you live...and the Grizzlies,wow!!

June 11th, 2007, 08:25 PM
I don't know how anyone can mistake a golden head for a black bear, but I can understand being jumpy. Too cute! Beautiful pictures!!!! :thumbs up Thank you so much!!!

June 12th, 2007, 07:21 AM
Beautiful pictures. I love the first one especially.


Furbaby Momma
June 12th, 2007, 09:30 AM
RickC your pictures always capture the perfect moments in displaying the beauty of your Goldens, Keeper and Abby surrounded by the breathtaking scenery. :cloud9:

June 12th, 2007, 01:13 PM
Those are awsome pics Rick C.the 2nd one of Keeper is cute.gave me a chuckle.the look on her face.such beautiful dogs.