Susan’s Last Hike – The Berland

It’s the last trek out for Susan, and our guests chose an elevation that they all could do together – the Berland Ridge! Susan and Becky set off with the group early Saturday morning in two vehicles, as Molly and Leo were keen to join in. We were still enjoying the beautiful Indian summer here at the ‘Escape so lots of extra water was packed. As we arrived at our starting point, we noticed the trees are now a shimmery golden colour, contrasting with the orange and red flora below.  The mushrooms are a struggle to find and the only … Continue reading

Flat Walks at Rock Lake

It’s been a glorious week of dry sunny weather which has made up for the wet summer. The autumn leaves are starting to fall and the nights are getting cooler. There have been some wonderful changes in scenery in the last two weeks. The viewpoint over the Rock Lake valley has changed from the lush green of summer to the oranges of fall. As summer draws to an end, the volunteers start to realise that the end of their stay at Rocky Mountain Escape draws nearer. It’s been Susan’s last week; she’s due to leave on Wednesday and Becky is leaving … Continue reading

We Only Hike In The Fall……

No, wait!! We hike year round, but Indian Summer brings fair weather  and makes ELEVATION HIKES (Laura’s favourite) soooooo pleasurable! A couple of days after their Hoff Ridge adventure, Laura and Becky took our guests, Mick and Brenda, up the Alpine Meadow. They had done the Viewpoint the previous day and were ready for a much more challenging hike –  the weather was great…. so why not!! This was the first time any of us had ventured to the meadow since the video cameras had been put up in August, so we were looking forward to seeing if there had been … Continue reading

RIDGE WALKING

Clear skies and the promise of fair weather . . . guests keen to tackle a challenging hike . . .where else but the Hoff Ridge?? Undaunted by the previous day’s snowfall, cool morning temperature and periodic gusts of wind at the cabins, our four intrepid 2-legged hikers (Laura, Becky, Emily and Ralph) and our faithful 4-legged companions (Molly and Leo) prepared for the Hoff Ridge hike shortly after breakfast. Rain gear? . . . . .Check Warm, layered clothing? . . . . . Uh, Ralph, do you have long pants to wear?  Says Ralph “I always hike in … Continue reading

Winter Wonderland…!

‘Down time’ was a week of typical Indian Summer: glorious sunshine during the day followed by freezing overnight temperatures, signalling the end of summer 2012. In the wake of these cold nights, the deciduous trees around Rocky Mountain Escape are becoming a beautiful golden color, announcing the arrival of autumn. The official date of fall is another week or so away, but we know what Mother Nature thinks of our rigid timetable and she does what she pleases with the weather. Our guests Emily and Ralph arrived yesterday in good spirits having avoided downpours of rain at Lake Louise, and … Continue reading

Hiking, Hiking . . . and MORE Hiking

As summer draws to a close, Laura has spent the last 8 of 10 days hiking.  Although a welcome relief from the “Cookie’s” job, Laura’s older legs were sometimes feeling a bit . . . well, OLD. On the list were the Alpine Meadow, the Scenic Route to the Viewpoint (3 times), Rock Creek, the Hoff Ridge. the Berland Ridge and the Munn Creek Trail.  Scenes/impressions from these hikes follow: The views . . . Our guests . . . and all the unexpected pleasures . . . Today is a gray day, and it won’t be a big surprise … Continue reading

Rock Creek Ramble…… er scramble!

It was a beautiful Friday morning and the rain was holding off for a change. Pascal had returned to stay, and there was hope of drier expeditions than the stormy one he had last time. There were also new arrivals at Rocky Mountain Escape, Monica and Dave. Dave and Pascal were up for a long hike, so Laura decided that the Rock Creek hike would be accessible and, with no mosquitoes, it would be a pleasurable hike. Susan was excited as this would be a new route for her; however, the excitement that was to come was more than what she … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

The Willmore Wonderland!!

Now that we are into the month of August, we have noticed a number of changes with the wildlife and flora in the Willmore area. In the first week, we found two Little Brown Bats nesting under the shutters of the cookhouse. They were not happy when Laura welcomed them to daylight earlier than expected and they decided to climb up into the beams for the rest of the day. Upon darkness, while walking from the cookhouse to the loft, Becky has seen bats swooping down to eat the flies her torch (aka “flashlight” in Canadian English) attracts. Susan was lucky … Continue reading

Sunshine, rain and horses!

The past week has been turbulent, weather-wise. As we say in Alberta, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes! A mix of sunshine, rain and violent storms every day is not helpful when deciding on suitable hiking trails for our guests. On Tuesday we attempted an early walk around Rock Lake with a young family, but we were soon turned back by a lightning storm that progressed for the rest of the afternoon and evening. This was not a disappointment however; as they preferred to have a lazy day after the busy time they had spent touring around … Continue reading