Deeper Into The Wilderness

It has been an adventure building and running Rocky Mountain Escape for the past 25 years!  I’ve met many wonderful guests and helpers over the years, and have treasured this special place.  It is time for me to move on, and I would like to introduce you all to the new owners, Gary and Julia Walker.  Gary and Julia bring fresh eyes to the ‘Escape and I’m sure will cherish the experiences and memories they will make here as much as I have!

Gone, girl (and Timber)

Until next time . . . Happy Trails!

TIMBER

Welcome, Timber!Timber is an Anatolian/Akbash fellow who I picked up on Sunday from a very nice woman out of Drayton Valley.  Timber is 2 years old, and has not yet reached his full size.

After a very long car ride, and chasing the herd of elk off the clearing, Timber settled in for a good night’s sleep.

The following morning, Timber and I set off to walk the perimeter of the property.  So many new smells to investigate!MVI_0769

You’ll have to click on the link in the blog to watch the short video of us down by the creek.

I am happy that Timber joined me up here, and look forward to many years of adventures!

Another Day, Another Bear!

It appears that Benoit is a wildlife magnet! A black bear visited the pasture in front of the loft shortly after the Grizzly (and the black bear is smelling the marks left by the Grizz, and didn’t stick around).

 

A Grizzly Visit

About a week ago, Benoit, my young helper from France, had a surprise visit from one of our wild residents. After taking a few minutes to quit shaking, Benoit was able to capture some video footage of this bear munching on vegetation in front of the loft. Although wildlife is abundant in our area, we rarely get the chance to see a Grizzly, much less get his visit on film – so this is a special treat!

YouTube Videos Up

We started a series of videos to tell the story of Rocky Mountain Escape – from conception to current operation.  The videos are posted on YouTube and can be accessed here:

Episode #1:  Escaping into the Wilderness.  https://youtu.be/AaQJo_R57A4

Episode #2:  Making a Living.  https://youtu.be/DVfew7Ev36U

Episode #3:  Heating Things Up.  https://youtu.be/WKWwYKd6ups

Episode #4:  It’s All About Power.  https://youtu.be/TnvfEvvyDtc

It is our hope that folks who have visited the ‘Escape, and others who may believe in preserving this way of life, will subscribe to our video channel.

Future episodes are in progress, and suggestions on what you would like to see would be welcome.  Thanks!

FOR SALE

Rather than “sell out” and become something we are not – a standard-issue, run-of-the-mill tourist accommodation – the assets of Rocky Mountain Escape have been listed FOR SALE. We boast 3 beautiful, hand-crafted log guest cabins and supporting infrastructure surrounded by wilderness in the Rocky Mountains. Details of the listing can be found at http://www.mccowans.com

Comfort

For many years, the ‘Escape provided a unique ecotourism experience – allowing travelers the opportunity to share a simple, more natural and much less environmentally destructive way of life in a beautiful, relatively remote setting. The ‘Escape has touched travelers from around the world, as well as close to home, and we are grateful for the many friends we have made over the years and this lifestyle we have cherished. If you’re wanting to create your own sense of “escaping to the great outdoors” you could go about looking at converting cabin sheds to guest cabins as a little getaway for you or the family, right in your own backyard!

Wilderness

The successful buyer(s) will make this place in their own vision. The foundation is here, lovingly maintained and ready to go . . . imagine your possibilities.

Contemplation

Happy Trails!

Laura

R.I.P. Leo (2003-2017)

A loyal companion, handsome, lovable – not exceptionally bright.  I will miss him.

Leo – the happiest dog in the world.

Leo’s Lookout

On the Hoff Ridge

 

 

Leo on the Berland Ridge

Leo at home in the snow

Spring Hike – Alpine Meadow

While waiting for paint to dry, what better way to spend a gorgeous Spring day than climbing a mountain?  My hard-working helper, Caroline (from Germany), and I both needed a break so on with the packs and hiking boots!

Oops . . . still a little deep

No brave wildflowers out on the trip up, but the birds were singing and there was a lone Big Horn Sheep ewe grazing on the adjacent slope.

Lunch at the top was rewarding as always and Caroline discovered the joy of bum sliding on the way back down.

The view never gets old

Caroline has now gone on to her next adventure, the painting is done and we’re wet.  Snow on Saturday, preceded by heavy rains and thunder, and more rain today.  Jackson Creek has come across the Rock Lake Road again at the horse-holding area, so access to Rock Lake will have to wait until Parks pushes more gravel.

Until next time, Happy Trails!

The Gray Jay

The Canadian Geographic Society has recommended that the Gray Jay be adopted as Canada’s National Bird (https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/gray-jay-gets-nod-for-canadas-national-bird/article32882103/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&click=sf_globefb&service=mobile).  Can’t think of a better symbol of being Canadian!

Photo by Mark Taylor

Photo by Mark Taylor

These beautiful birds are clever, resourceful and hardy (and they love blueberry pancakes!).

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Where are my raisins?

The Gray Jay families in our valley are frequent visitors to the ‘Escape, undaunted by winter, and bringing smiles to all who take the time to appreciate a less-hectic pace.

Patiently waiting

Patiently waiting

The Gray Jay is a gentle bird, quietly “chucking” at you if you’ve been “too busy” to pay attention to them!  No squawking or screeching, as is common in the more raucous Blue Jay, and their most irritated call is a “rrrrivit, rrrrivit” when the cat tries to stalk them (good luck with that, Jynx).

The Gray Jay certainly receives our vote for the National Bird of Canada!

The Gray Jay

The Canadian Geographic Society has recommended that the Gray Jay be adopted as Canada’s National Bird (https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/gray-jay-gets-nod-for-canadas-national-bird/article32882103/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&click=sf_globefb&service=mobile).  Can’t think of a better symbol of being Canadian!

Photo by Mark Taylor

Photo by Mark Taylor

These beautiful birds are clever, resourceful and hardy (and they love blueberry pancakes!).

img_0225

Where are my raisins?

The Gray Jay families in our valley are frequent visitors to the ‘Escape, undaunted by winter, and bringing smiles to all who take the time to appreciate a less-hectic pace.

Patiently waiting

Patiently waiting

The Gray Jay is a gentle bird, quietly “chucking” at you if you’ve been “too busy” to pay attention to them!  No squawking or screeching, as is common in the more raucous Blue Jay, and their most irritated call is a “rrrrivit, rrrrivit” when the cat tries to stalk them (good luck with that, Jynx).

The Gray Jay certainly receives our vote for the National Bird of Canada!