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Abby celebrates her 10th birthday . . . . and gets a Grizzly death stare

Rick C
August 17th, 2008, 07:36 PM
Very hot here the last few days so it was up very early on Sunday for a trip to the mountains to help Abby celebrate her 10th birthday.

The early start increased the chances of seeing the local wildlife out prowling around and so it was that we saw this Grizzly boy along the highway, giving Abby and Keeper a brief Death Stare as they pondered his existence from about 75 feet away. Mostly, he was foraging the local berries and was unconcerned with our presence.

Amazingly, we would later see a momma Grizzly and her cub on a cut line, watched carefully by a Ranger, as she bee lined straight for a crowded parking lot we had just vacated at Upper Kananaskis Lake. Two sightings in one day of Grizzlies is pretty rare. Fortunately.

Starting out, Keeper gets set to unwind a momentous shaking of water in the early morning calm of Upper Kananaskis Lake. We were on the way to Rawlings Lake, a steep climb above this one. By the time we returned to this spot at around noonish, the temperature was around 30 Celcius and would later be 33 C on the truck thermometer as we got home.

Below, our hikes in the summer seem to be on "Keeper Time" as she struggles even in the cool of the forest, basically hopping from one swimming hole to the next so she can cool her hips. So we stop and talk, then walk, then stop and talk then walk until we arrived at Rawlings Lake, still surrounded by snow in mid-August. Keeper, who turned 10 earlier this summer, can make this hike with ease in the middle of winter when it's cool . . . . and it's quite pretty here at that time of year but with huge piles of snow.

Below, Abby in an intrepid pose at 10 years of age, surrounded with snow dappled cliffs, at Rawlings Lake after a hike into the higher elevations. And thanks for the water drops on the lense on the left. Abby retains much of the energy of her youth.

Below, this is Grizzly Country, a nearby sign warns us, with frequent sightings in this place. So Keeper and Abby felt it prudent to let some gentlemen hikers pass us as bait, er, as warning bells, er, because we are such good sports.

Below, on a blistering day yesterday, Abby and Keeper were river walking in Threepoint Creek, near their home. Waterways are public property in Alberta and this passes as the local beach in our otherwise lake deprived and fairly arid area. We can go a long ways . . . . .

Rick C

August 17th, 2008, 07:47 PM
Beautiful beautiful pictures rick!!!! and Abby looks great for 10 years old, thats how old for us humans??

I am still very envious of the senery, and wish I could live near lakes and mountain, even if i had to drive and then hike a ways to get there, Bree would be in her glory including myself..

August 17th, 2008, 07:50 PM
Gorgeous pics...I wish I could be lucky enough to see such beauty every day!

August 17th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Once again, beautiful pictures.:thumbs up What lucky furkids you have.:D

Happy Birthday Abby

August 17th, 2008, 09:34 PM
Great pics as always Rick! they really do seem to love their hikes and run in with wild animals, its neat that your so close to all of them!:thumbs up

August 17th, 2008, 10:13 PM
Happy Birthday beautiful Abby!! You are one lucky gal to have a great area to live in! :cloud9:

August 18th, 2008, 12:56 AM
Happy Birthday Abby!

What a perfect way to spend a birthday :cloud9:

August 18th, 2008, 01:37 AM
Happy 10th Birthday Abby !!!

Beautiful pics once again, Rick. :thumbs up I love the grizzly shot. :cloud9:

August 18th, 2008, 05:07 AM


Great captures! That bear is really awesome! Love the 2nd pic as well. Glorious scenery. You are so lucky to see that every day!!

Brilliant photos:)

Hope Abby has a wonderful 10th Birthday. Bless.

Take care :thumbs up

August 18th, 2008, 09:06 AM
Gorgeous pics as usual Rick, they came in quick for me today, did you win that Lottery and got me high-speed without knowing :laughing: Does the snow ever melt 100% on the mountains or is there always a trace?

Rick C
August 18th, 2008, 09:38 AM
Gorgeous pics as usual Rick, they came in quick for me today, did you win that Lottery and got me high-speed without knowing :laughing: Does the snow ever melt 100% on the mountains or is there always a trace?

There was fresh snow - newly fallen - two weeks ago at higher elevations, on our walk through Elbow Pass which, I think, is about 7000 feet. It snowed higher up in July as well, the mountains briefly taking on a mid-winter whitish tone on the horizon. Snow could happen anytime if you're high enough.

The snow in these pictures would be remnants from last winter and this place is high enough that it sticks in the shadowed places through summer.

On the prairie, we're in a weather lee, meaning moisture from the Pacific is held up and doesn't reach us, leaving us in fairly arid conditions. As you cross into the mountains, the snowfall increases exponentially, including at Rawlings Lake where hiking in the winter is possible but stepping off a snowshoe packed path would see you up to your hips.

Nearby Chester Lake area in mid-March this year:

Rick C

August 18th, 2008, 09:41 AM
once again beautiful pictures Rick, note to self track this man down if we go to the west coast.

August 18th, 2008, 06:15 PM
What beautiful pictures!

Happy Birthday Abby!!