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Canyon walking . . . . . and watching avalanches

Rick C
April 26th, 2008, 10:35 PM
We emerged from the deep freeze today after a week of sub zero heck, brazen even for Alberta at this time of year . . . . allowing Abby and keeper to venture out to K-Country today.

Below, Keeper and Abby on a foray up King Canyon in Kananaskis Country . . . pausing to refresh in King Creek.

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Below, the walls of the canyon were closing in on us . . .

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. . . . . but there was only one direction to go.

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Crossing back and forth across the stream was sometimes easy . . . . but Rick got his feet wet . . . .

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Below, earlier in the day, we had abandoned the forest trail on the north shore of Upper Kananaskis Lake after finding it impassable under several feet of snow. The shoreline, calm this day, had been wind-swept and was hard packed, making walking fairly easy.

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Below, after about a couple miles of walking, we settled down for luncheon and the local entertainment, watching avalanches cracking off the nearby mountainside every minute or so, howling down the face with a roar resembling a passing jet airplane.

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Below, while Rick chills out and watches the show, Abby revels in the suddenly warmer weather . . . .

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Not exactly pet related but . . . . . the local bighorn denizens were crowding the highway on the way home. Not a lot of traffic this day.

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Frenchy
April 26th, 2008, 11:20 PM
So I guess Abby and Keeper are not sick of winter yet ? :D

growler~GateKeeper
April 26th, 2008, 11:25 PM
. . . . . but there was only one direction to go.

That is such a beautiful spot, kinda makes you feel like the mountain is leaning in for a hug :D

Cool pic of the avalance :thumbs up

In the first pic something sure caught the interest of both Abby & Keeper :D

Abby looks so content in laying in the sun :lovestruck: ahhhh this is the life :pawprint:

I love how Abby & Keeper are always stopping & looking back to make sure you're coming too. :D

otter
April 26th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Beautiful pics once again Rick :thumbs up You're pretty lucky to have such beautiful subjects (furry and mountainous) :cloud9:

Ya could have kept that snow out in the west though... I see Manitoba is getting slammed now and we have the white stuff in the forecast for the next few days :yuck:

ancientgirl
April 27th, 2008, 08:47 AM
That picture of that valley with the cliffs, is amazing! I love the first one. The girls look like something caught their attention.

chico2
April 27th, 2008, 05:17 PM
Rick,I watched a documentary yesterda from Whaleback Mountain in Alberta,is that anywhere near where you take the pups?
It looked absolutely beautiful,with bears,wolves,coyotes etc...
Your pics are to die for as usual:lovestruck:

Rick C
April 27th, 2008, 06:12 PM
Rick,I watched a documentary yesterda from Whaleback Mountain in Alberta,is that anywhere near where you take the pups?
It looked absolutely beautiful,with bears,wolves,coyotes etc...
Your pics are to die for as usual:lovestruck:

Thank you.

There is a Whaleback region southwest of Calgary, in the foothills of the Rockies, that Abby and Keeper frequent. Link: http://issues.albertawilderness.ca/WH/whaleback.htm and http://issues.albertawilderness.ca/WH/features.htm

There is also a Whaleback Mountain just over the border in BC, in Yoho National Park. Too far for Abby & Keeper to go on most days.

Since we moved to the country 10 years ago, the desire to camp overnight has gone to zero given we can sit in our deck and watch elk, deer, coyotes and occasionally a moose or a bear wander by, all framed by the mountains from horizon to horizon. About two hours is as far as I'll drive for a day hike. The spot in Kananaskis above is an hour and a half. I would estimate Whaleback Mountain to be closing in on three hours from the house, over the BC border, beyond Lake Louise. The Whaleback region, on the other hand, is only about 40 minutes away from the house.

All the walking in the photo's above and we were still home by 3 in time for Carol's world famous barbecued ribs and a beer on the deck . . . then we watched the elk herd wandering by.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

rainbow
April 27th, 2008, 07:29 PM
I'm in awe every time I look at your pics :lovestruck: and always have to look at them at least twice. :cloud9:

Have you ever taken a bad one? :D

chico2
April 28th, 2008, 07:26 AM
Thank's for the sites,Rick:thumbs up
I hope this large beautiful area will stay untouched,for the sake of all the animals and it's unspoiled beauty:fingerscr

Rick C
April 28th, 2008, 10:54 AM
Thank's for the sites,Rick:thumbs up
I hope this large beautiful area will stay untouched,for the sake of all the animals and it's unspoiled beauty:fingerscr

Diverting my own thread, Abby and Keeper are looking forward to adventures in the Whaleback this summer:

Keeper surveys her world

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Spring alpine flowers

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Abby settles into a stream

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I'm in awe every time I look at your pics and always have to look at them at least twice.

Have you ever taken a bad one?

Sadly, tens of thousands . . . . at least. Thanks.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Love4himies
April 28th, 2008, 11:37 AM
Aww, Rick I wanna be there:yell:.

The goats would block hwy 16 just inside the Jasper Park east gates to lick the salt off the ashphalt. All you could do is sit and wait, wasn't a painful wait, unlike city traffic.:laughing: Well, it was more painful when we were on our way to skiing because we wanted to hit the slopes, but on the way back home...

loopoo
April 28th, 2008, 04:50 PM
all these pics are just gorgeous the scenery.. and abby and keeper:cloud9: i keep looking back at the first though... that is a framer for sure