Holiday

September saw our annual pilgrimage to Canada, so here are a few pictures to share with those who may not have been to the land of lakes and trees.

Heading out of Calgary we saw lots of smoke as a forest fire was raging. It’s a perennial problem over there with so many trees and dry weather.

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Several hours further south and a few days later, no fires here, with low clouds over the surrounding mountains dulling this mid morning picture.

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On a days outing you get to see so many lakes and trees that they all seem to merge into one although this one was nice and stretched for miles.

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Further downstream on the same river, the first area with housing for half an hour. Spaces are big inĀ  Canada and unless you’re living in a city habitation can be few and far between

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We stopped for breakfast at this cafe with it’s humourous parking sign below

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On the way back we came over the brow of a small hill and saw a brown bear at the side of the road. Crossing over I parked up and gently reversed to take a picture but it was spooked by a BMW RT which was following us and disappeared before I could take its picture.

Here’s a signpost segment of pics.

Got to love Canadians sense of humour. Don’t stray onto this guys land!

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The signage is so different in Canada to what we’re used to in the UK or Europe. Not sure the average European would do too well if he was told head East or West?

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I usually end up doing some work for my keep, you would not believe the effort and time involved to cut and move these 31 logs back to the wood shed to be cut down into boiler sized pieces.

Crossing one of the fields to get to the woods I saw movement in the long grass ahead and something moved quickly away from me. I spotted brown hair and pointed ears and at foirst thought it must have been a coyote as we;d seen them there the previous year, but thinking back now, I’m convinced it was a bear cub, although if it was, I’d perhaps have been a bit more worried about where its mother was!

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We cut another 20 or so logs a couple of days later and once they were all chopped to size created they only filled a small part of the wood store (light coloured pieces)

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Heading home we were fortunate to finally see some Elk. In 6 visits to Canada we’ve been fortunate to see bears, mountain sheep, and eagles, but Elk and Moose have been conspicuously absent, and today, apart from seeing this group by the road side, later on we also saw another herd up on the hilltops. Pictures aren’t the greatest as it was pouring with rain but we had to stop to prove we’d seen them.

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It took the best part of a week to get over the jetlag once we’d got home but yet again we’d had a great trip, albeit a very long one!


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