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More, more, more weekend adventures

Rick C
October 22nd, 2007, 11:36 AM
Content warning further below, if you have a problem with bones.

Anyhoo, yesterday we launched ourselves high into the back country to Picklejar Lakes in Kananaskis Country.

Below, on the trail. We have to go mostly up and then around this mountain in the background:

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Below, still on the way up, but looking back to where we were coming from, Abby and Keeper:

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Below, the first in a series of five lakes comes into sight, frozen over and wind swept:

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But . . . . . we come to a road block. The slope ahead of us is steep, snow-bound, the path disappeared . . . . we were alone here and unaware of anyone else coming to this place on this day. An accident would have been problematic to say the least. This is as close as we go:

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Below, same spot, different angle. We would later, on the way down, meet two groups of younger climbers coming up.

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On Saturday, we took a quick trip to the shoreline of Chain Lakes. Below, Abby finds a trophy, the skull and spine of a recently deceased and cleanly picked over deer. One can quickly learn of the clamping power of a Golden Retriever if you were to try and pull this away and no treat tricks can do the job either. So . . . . we walk, and walk, and walk, miles back to the truck. Eventually Abby tires of this game and drops the deer.

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Finding corpses on the bald butt prairie is not unusual. This skull didn't appear to be a cow. Perhaps an elk.

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The long march . . . . . one of our favourite winter walks as well. The grass is brown, the leaves are gone. Soon the lake will freeze over.

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Below, elk at daybreak hesitate near our fence. They know there are bow hunters in the willows just out of view, on the right.

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Lukka'sma
October 22nd, 2007, 01:31 PM
Wow, those views, I'm sure many people will agree when I say that your photography makes the onlooker feel as if they could just step into the landscape and have an excursion.

LibbyP
October 22nd, 2007, 02:48 PM
Wow, those views, I'm sure many people will agree when I say that your photography makes the onlooker feel as if they could just step into the landscape and have an excursion.

I have to agree with Lukka'sma, living here everything is so flat, your posts always take 'me' to a magical place.

Rick C
October 22nd, 2007, 02:56 PM
I have to agree with Lukka'sma, living here everything is so flat, your posts always take 'me' to a magical place.

Thank you . . . . fairly flat around here too. If that's what you want.

One of the reasons this place attracts movie productions is that within an hour of where I'm sitting - in fact, less than that - you can be immersed in forest and mountains, trundling across flat, featureless prairie, finding lakes, lacking lakes, exploring coulees and canyons . . . . pretty much anything.

And so we go to whatever the mood strikes . . . .

Someone asked me last week how long these things take . . . . we left our door for the journey to Pickejar Lakes at 9:30 a.m., leaving the prairie, climbed the mountain, came back and were walking back in the door on the prairie before 2 p.m. - a little over four hours.

Kind of amazing really. Also, I walked up the mountain without stopping. That helps too. :clown:

Thanks for the comments.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

wdawson
October 22nd, 2007, 06:29 PM
beautiful as always......your so lucky to have such a great place to take the dogs.

rainbow
October 22nd, 2007, 07:12 PM
Your pics are always so breath taking. :cloud9: