Tag Archives: Wildlife

Backpacking With Children: A Week On A Remote Island

All through the spring we worked on getting the kiddos ready for our big (secret) backpacking trip of the year: a week on Flores Island. Mike and I have been there before, and since we were going to Vancouver to see my brother and his lovely fiancee get married, we decided to make a vacation

Backpacking At Lake Minnewanka

Determined to get the most out of backpacking season this year, Mike and I started hitting the trails earlier than usual. A mild winter and incredibly early spring meant that we had almost now snow by mid-April, which allowed us to start spending nights outdoors before May long-weekend. Very early in May we found ourselves

Backpacking With Children: Our First Time

On May long weekend we loaded up 5 backpacks, the kids, their dad (Jason) and headed for the mountains. It was raining lightly, but we’d already booked The Point for two nights, and I was determined that all my planning and packing was NOT going to waste. So off we went, stopping for brunch on

Oh Hai, It’s Me Again!

Right, this blog, I had sort of forgotten about it, and then 2014 was the year of “maybe next month will be better” and of course next month never was. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t terrible, but it definitely had it’s moments. Mike worked away, which was wonderful and terrible all at the same

Mike Harvests His First Deer: Whitetail Hunting In The Alberta Foothills

** NOTE ** This post contains graphic photos of a deer being gutted, skinned, and processed. It all started with a Remington .308 and some yellow tags. In the spring, Mike and I obtained our firearms permits, via Nelson Firearms Training here in Calgary (we HIGHLY recommend them, they were awesome) with the intention of taking

The Struggle To Return To Blogging, After Being Gone A Long Time

Website woes, let me show them to you. First, if you don’t have an internet connection at home, it’s a huge pain to try and update anything.  We only recently (as in within the last few weeks) got our OWN internet out here in the country.  We decided to try Xplornet.  So far, so good.

When The City Mice Moved To The Country

Well, we have moved, sort of, which is why I haven’t posted anything lately, due to the lack of time, and frankly, the lack of internets out here.  Neither of those things are really going to resolve themselves anytime soon, but at least I can borrow a bit of signal from my bosses house, so

Winter Camping At Dinosaur Provincial Park

Last weekend, having taken leave of our senses, Mike and I decided to take a preliminary expedition into winter camping. Not so long ago we picked up a reasonably priced 4-season tent from MEC (more on that in an upcoming review) and the forecast was mild, which seemed like the best time to give it

Backpacking Flores Island: Camping At Kutcous Point

After spending four nights and three amazing days at Cow Bay, Mike and I decided to cut the hike out into two pieces, and go back as far as the low-tide shortcut on Thursday afternoon.  We would cross the shortcut at low tide and camp on the other side of it, so we could do

Backpacking Flores Island: Camping At Cow Bay

The following four days were absolutely amazing. Waking up in the morning to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and watching whales spouting while we drank our morning coffee, it was incredible. We fished, and played in the water, and caught crabs and minnows and whatever else we could find. The beach

Backpacking Flores Island: Walking The Wildside Trail

After departing the trail office, we headed to the beginning of our hike in.  There are a number of signs that you find along the trail, which go along with a booklet you can pick up, that explains as you go along the significance of some areas to the native people.  We didn’t get the booklet, but

Backpacking Flores Island: Getting There

After weeks of preparation, and quite a lot of anxiety, and making of arrangements, we hit the road for Vancouver Island on Friday, July 20th. The first hour of the trip was uneventful, and then we got to the park gates, just outside of Banff, and it was clear something was amiss. Traffic was backed

Backpacking Flores Island, British Columbia

I’ve just purchased our fishing passes, which I suppose makes it official: Mike and I are embarking on 18 hoours of travel, which will include 1,200 odd kilometers of driving (around 750 miles) a ferry ride, and a jaunt on a water taxi.  Our destination is Flores Island, which is a remote Provincial Park, just

1000 Things To Do Before You Die – #17, #25, & #38

Some of you are familiar with my Life List, but if you aren’t, I encourage you to take a peek.  Basically, it’s a growing list of items I would like to accomplish before I die. Quite a few of the things on the list have been covered here in previous blog posts, but there are

Photo Post: Adventures In Fishing

Photos from August 2011

Photo Post: Fishing At Running Rain Lake

Photos from July 2011

How Two Grown Men Outsmarted A Whole Lot Of Bats

One recent weekend, we trekked out to Buck Lake with the kids, to visit my mum and dad for the weekend. While we were there, we did quite a bit of fishing (I caught two!) and enjoyed an afternoon on the boat. Somehow Mike and I got roped into helping dad solve their recent bat

May Long Weekend At Sibbald Lake

For the long weekend, Mike and I took the kids out to Sibbald Lake for three days of camping.  Yes, THREE whole days, and four nights, to be exact. We had a BLAST!  There was fishing, minnow-catching, hiking, waffles, camp fires.  It was perfect.  And the weather was pretty awesome too. I think Smidgin’s expression

Alaska: North To The Future – Day Six

Thursday morning we woke up bright and early, and found ourselves already docked in Ketchikan. We had a duck tour booked first thing, so after eating a quick breakfast, off we went. The duck tour was a land and water tour of the town and the bay. We rode around in an amphibious bus and

Alaska: North To The Future – Day Five

** I know I am woefully behind here, but I have been devoting much of my time to other projects, which I can tell you about, but only after I get the rest of the Alaska trip out of the way, so bear with me ** Wednesday was our second Day At Sea, during which

Photo Of The Day – Canadian Tiger Swallowtail

Random Camping At Running Rain Lake – Day One & Day Two

Over the weekend, we were fortunate enough to be able to take Dan and Kerri on their first backpacking trip (which coincidentally ended up being our first random camping excursion as well).  After a not unsubstantial amount of discussion and indecision, we settled on Running Rain Lake, which falls inside of one of the Wildland

Adventures In British Columbia: Wildhorse River & Yoho National Park

While I am normally a planner extraordinaire, Micheal is more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants kind of guy. This makes going on trips together…interesting, if not an extreme exercise in frustration for both of us. And so it was that we recently ended up on the road, with no real plan, but enough gear to spend several

Backpacking In Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

One weekend, not so long ago, Mike and I found ourselves with time to spare and no solid plans (a rarity to be sure) and so we took a spur-of-the-moment backpacking excursion to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.  There are several backcountry destinations to chose from, but being that we only had a regular weekend, we

Camping With The Kids: Radium Hot Springs Edition – Day Three & Day Four

On our third day in camp, we got up bright and early to have breakfast, which consisted of bacon and cinnamon buns (cooked in foil over the coals from our fire). Mike and I made coffee with the MSR filter that his brother Ben gave us for Christmas. It was a beautiful, relaxing way to