Monday, July 23, 2007

Wouldn't ya know it? Just back to work for a few days, and already it is 'days off' again! Stuck around on Friday for a ball game and get-together afterwards (still collecting bribe money to NOT show the photos).

Headed north from home, exited the park near Sask Crossing and spent one night along the North Saskatchewan river, flowing high and dirty at flood stage. Watched the kingfishers and a small black bear on the far bank.

Overcast and breezy in the morning, so headed over to David Thompson Resort, further east.
There was a large group of motorcycles at the resort just departing ahead of me, but clouds of huge dragonflies must have made riding a bike a bit of an experience! I imagine there more than a few bruises to those riders not hiding behind a windshield and fairing?

Just missed the mine tours in Nordegg, so on to Rocky.
Window shopped some new pickups and RV's, then headed out late to the south west.
Cow lake provincial recreation area (There were NO cows at Cow lake.) was a very busy, family, recreation oriented resort, so carried on out into the bush, off the end of the paved portion.

On the way we encountered a Clearwater County enforcement officer with a pickup truck pulled over. It must have been a good check, as within a few minutes a provincial parks or conservation officer pulled up to assist, followed soon after by an RCMP.

Found a grassy area by the creek with no ATV's in the area. Lots of campers and horse trailers leaving. The previous occupants had left a good supply of firewood, so had a nice fire in the evening and roasted some dogs for supper.

The night was quiet, but in the morning, a group of large animals came silently out of the bush and surrounded the camper, much to Harley's alarm. We had not 'herd' them coming.

Harley looked out the windows and this is what he saw.

Due to their proximity, a pre-breakfast departure was in order. It was a nice, sunny day, and the 'plan' had been to carry on further down this forestry road and come out near Caroline or Bearberry, but the heavy gravel truck traffic and copious quantities of dust convinced us otherwise.

Headed back onto the pavement and stopped near another provincial recreation area on Prairie Creek. Kicked back on the river bank with a hot cup of coffee and contemplated the water. It was near the main road and a bewildering quantity and variety of oilfield equipment paraded past, including a water truck that proceeded to pull in beside me and fill up from the river.

Took advantage of the weekday in town to get the big GM an oil change and grease job.
Not a cloud in the sky, a full mug of Tim Horton's coffee - where shall we head next.

Guess you better check back later to see!
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