Sunday, June 20, 2010

Most of my time at work the last while is focused on keeping the wildlife and human visitors far enough apart that they do not harm each other.

For weaponry, the wildlife generally carry teeth and claws and hoofs and horns, while the humans sport cars, trucks, trains, and poor garbage handling or illegal feeding. CIMG1157

This black bear had her two cubs and herself up a tree, in a construction zone, on the side of the trans Canada highway – on the wrong side of the wildlife fence. CIMG1158

It took a bit of doing, but we eventually coaxed her down with an inviting hole cut into the fence.


This was all done under the interested gaze of a young male grizzly who wondered what those cubs would taste like. Fortunately, black bear cubs climb trees, and grizzlies don’t – generally.

(Note: photos with the dark circles around them were taken through a spotting scope.)

As is normal in June, the goats were down along the side of the highway, CIMG1210frequenting their favourite ‘licks’, and showing off their youngsters.


Another Mama grizzly showed up at the Chateau Lake Louise to show off her new twins, coming down from the hills for the first time this season. Unfortunately, my hands were fairly full of bear spray, cracker gun, shotgun, and radio – all while attempting to hold the crowds of humans at bay, so there was no time for any photos of her this time.

But one of her previous offspring has been a regular resident the past couple of years, and he keeps us busy escorting him out of town regularly. CIMG1230 CIMG1231 CIMG1234CIMG1235

Every once in a while, between bears, there might be time to sit on the lakeshore and enjoy the scenery! I’m still waiting for that time to arrive.CIMG1212

Weekends off have been really lousy weather, so even though tempting, the camping rigs have maintained their spots in the driveway. Perhaps July will bring some summer in these parts?

Monday, June 7, 2010

More Revelstoke Lake pics.

It’s amazing how working for a living can cut into one’s time for camping, traveling, and blogging.  Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

But here are some more photos from our great weekend out at Revelstoke lake, north of the town of the same name in central British Columbia.

New travel partner Hailey seemed to really enjoy the outdoors, even if it meant wearing a hand-me-down harness and being on a leash!CIMG1067

Although we had managed to score a camp spot on the shore all to ourselves, there were a lot of other campers just down the shoreline.  Water levels were down a bit, so there was just enough exposed shoreline to walk down and check it out.

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Even though it was Tuesday morning after the long weekend, there were still quite a collection of other rigs packed into another area of accessible shoreline. CIMG1082 CIMG1081CIMG1083

Back at my camp, I was surprised to see an otter swimming by up the lakeshore.  I did a fast-draw on the camera and got a photo, but once again it was just too far away to see anything other than a ripple in the still water.  Same effect for a brood of young merganzers all riding by on their mother’s back!CIMG1084 CIMG1086 CIMG1088 CIMG1087

We went for a drive up to the north end of the lake where another Dam, the Mica Dam holds back the water in Kinbasket lake.  We were camped at about the 60km mark up the lake, but it was another 70 or 75 km to the end of the lake and the Mica Dam.


Near the dam itself, we surprised a nice cinnamon coloured black bear feeding roadside.


There was a good sized town of 4000 people at the peak of construction in the 1970’s, but now there is still a very small village, also called Mica Creek.CIMG1106 CIMG1107

This bridge crosses the river/lake just below the dam and provides access to the far side of the dam, as well as active logging roads in the area.CIMG1104

Some of the housing looks like it is being prepared for demolition, moving, or perhaps renovations.


This grader in the trees may have been used during the construction of the dam?CIMG1103

Plans to get out camping on another nearby lake this weekend were scrapped due to continuing cool, rainy weather.

Next post may include some bear photos from work?