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

A wild night!

Tuesday started as a glorious day – perfect for mowing the lawn – until a deafening crack of thunder and a bolt of lightning seemingly overhead changed these plans at midday. This sudden change in weather sparked the beginning of several thunder storms that rolled over the ridges and above the cabins at Rocky Mountain Escape. There was not a drop of rain until about 5 minutes before our guests arrived (talk about timing). During our evening meal the downpour was so loud we had to either shout or wait until the rain had subsided enough for us to hear each other. … Continue reading

OH CANADA!

Over the long weekend the weather has been mild and sunny with only short bursts of rain so trail walks were dry and achievable. We had some willing guests for the scenic route on Saturday and a flatter walk round Rock Lake to see the Osprey nest on Canada day. No bears this time but lots of flowers and the sighting of birds of prey. On the scenic walk we stopped to listen to a songbird, hoping to discover it’s hiding place trees.  Suddenly, a Goshawk flew out, perhaps hunting the same songbird, and looking quite displeased at being disturbed! There were a few flight feathers missing … Continue reading