Wild Berries, Bear Scat and Bum-Sliding

We’ve had mostly a fair-weather week – HOT some days with a couple of late afternoon/evening thunder storms just to keep things lively.

Both the Alpine Meadow and the Scenic Route to the Viewpoint were favorite hikes over the past week.  The once-abundant wildflowers on the Alpine Meadow are mostly in seed now, although the Monk’s Hood, Cinquefoil (Potentilla) and Gentian are still out.  Wild strawberries are in full fruit – and such a welcome excuse to stop and catch your breath on the way up!  The way down on the avalanche chute is (relatively) easy . . . as long as you don’t have an emotional attachment to your hiking pants!

Katie was game!

   Katie was game!

Leonard takes his turn

Andrew and Virginia of Compass Media  struggled to place a trail camera with (we hope) a bird’s eye view of the entrance to a small cave/den.

Virginia needs TWO hands!

Cougar and lynx have used this cave in the past, and we’re hoping to unobtrusively spy on current inhabitants and visitors.

The buffalo berries are ripe all along the trails and it is obvious who is eating these berries!

Fresh bear scat

Mushrooms are also in abundance this year – the variety of shapes, sizes and colors is truly astounding  . . . and, NO, your guide is unable to identify most of them.  Where is a trained mycologist when you need one??

Scaly/spotted/weird Mushroom

 

Underside of above mushroom

Saskatoon berries are ripe on the Viewpoint, and it seems to be a race as to who gets to them first:  people, the elk or the bears!  Currants and gooseberry are nice trail snacks this time of year.  The Mountain Cranberry plant has produced a fair number of berries, although it will take a killing frost to sweeten them.  Laura and the bears, down on all fours, picking cranberry in the fall . . .

The end of summer is in the air – a slight hint of yellow in the aspen and poplar and the songbirds are starting to congregate for their journey South.  The Golden and Bald Eagle youngsters are flying, learning what they need to before heading South or West later in the fall for open water.

We’re due for a couple of days of rain (go figure, Pascal is coming back), but I’m always hopeful that we’ll be climbing mountains again shortly.  Until then . . .Happy Trails!


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Wild Berries, Bear Scat and Bum-Sliding — 2 Comments

  1. I so enjoy reading your blog. It is wonderful to be able to keep up on activities at the Escape. I’m betting on Laura for any encounter with a bear up there. Take care and keep the updates coming.

    John, Joanne and kids.

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