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).   … Continue reading

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! … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

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! 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. Caroline has now gone on to her next adventure, the painting is done … Continue reading

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

Helping Out at Rocky Mountain Escape

My name is Timo and I am from Düsseldorf, Germany.  I have stayed at Rocky Mountain Escape as a helper for a little bit more than 2 months. It has been an extraordinary special time. Getting here was an adventure itself:  You first had to drive around 40 km up north on Highway 40 from Hinton, then get on the Rock Lake Road – in the winter time, very little traffic and infrequently plowed – and drive this one for another 27 km and afterwards find your way to Rocky Mountain Escape up a narrow trail for another couple of kilometers … Continue reading

Special Thanks to Special Friends

David A friend of the ‘Escape since its inception lo these many years ago (around 20 years, I think).  David usually comes up to the cabins every year or so, pitching in wherever an extra set of hands is needed and taking a ‘nature break’ from his otherwise frantic, high-demand schedule.  This year, David didn’t get much of a respite up here and shortly before he left last Thursday said “Gee, Laura, I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard!!”.  Next time, David . . . John From the UK, found us through the HelpStay web site and figured he … Continue reading

Old Men Rock – II

Hello friends of Rocky Mountain Escape, We wish for you, especially for our American friends, a happy 4th of July.  We have a special treat for this day. Usually our resident bald eagles will sit in the tree tops overlooking the lake as they await their favourite fish to pass by, for lunch or dinner.  However, sensing the special social nature of these days, and with the pride of Independence Day beating in their breasts, they gave us a special greeting. 🙂  You can see here, Kris out canoeing and one of the eagles who came to sit near us … Continue reading

April 24 – Special Friends Weekend

It’s that time of year again . . . gearing up for the busy summer season!  It has snowed every day for the past 3 days, but I’m sure that Spring is here. We have a Spring Wood/Trail Maintenance weekend scheduled for April 24-26/27 and can accommodate up to four Friends.  You don’t have to be handy with a power saw or even an axe!  We have a stack of wood lengths (cut last fall) that will be bucked up and ready for a Friend to run a hydraulic log splitter, stack the newly split wood, or run the quad … Continue reading

New Season, New Program

Hello all past, current and future Friends of Rocky Mountain Escape! We recognize that chatter from the blog has gone dark in recent months, perhaps it is merely that we are not used to having the pleasure of hosting so many wonderful people during our “shoulder” seasons? No matter, we’ve a moment to write now and alas, it is the start of a new season. Wait . . . what? 30cm of snow in 3 hours, and I just started putting our winter gear away!! Well, what would the first day of Spring be like at Rocky Mountain Escape without a little surprise … Continue reading