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

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

A Greener cup o’ Joe

Howdy, friends, This past week was certainly full of excitement up here at the ‘Escape. Leo had a rough week with imminent thunderstorms causing him to seek cover under the protection of hard shelter. His confinement was NOT aided by suspiciously high helicopter activity in the area, scouting what we suspected was the Rock Slide blaze located to the Southwest of us. However, airborne activity reached a fever pitch one evening with several low-pass flybys. The “Whump-whump” of rotor blades filled our valley and was soon replaced by the whine of a fixed wing spotting plane – which vectored in … 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

A long overdue return to “topside”

Howdy, folks, I take shelter from our delayed June rains & listen to fat drops of rain patter off the tin roof of the cookhouse.  With Islander Chicken simmering on the stove, I take a moment to reflect on what has been a completely atypical weekend (for me!)  A much needed break from the consulting world had me making the drive out here with one primary objective: a return to Binocular Ridge. I was trying to recall, with the Boss’ help, when last I’d made the ascent and subsequent ridge walk.  As near as we could both remember, it was … Continue reading

A Piece of Heaven

It’s called the Munn Creek Pass.  Ten miles from the ‘Escape cabins, up the gently rising Munn Creek Trail, to the base of the Pass and a well-established camp.  Another 2 miles, over a rise populated by Marmots and Picas, through a moose meadow and up the stiff climb to the top of the Pass – and one can only gawk at the magnificent vista into Willmore Wilderness.  No people (other than your hiking companions).  No sign of human habitation or destruction.  Just mountains and wilderness. The Mountain Goddesses – Lori, Irene and Brenda – joined me on this 3-night, … Continue reading

Tumble

I have hesitated writing about Tumble – partly because it may prove to be a long post and not necessarily upbeat . . .and partly because I still tear up every time I think about her life and death.  However, I have been reminded several times over the past few months that good friends deserve to be remembered.  So, here’s some of Tumble’s story. Two fuzzy, round Border Collies came to the cabins when they were 5 weeks old.  Their breeder, a farmer up north in the Peace Country, said the female was too timid to make a good cow … Continue reading

Hectic Holidays . . .

2012 come and gone, and the world didn’t end on the Winter Solstice.  I sat on my rocks overlooking Munn Creek and waited for it . . . rather disappointing, eh? We’ve had a full house at the cabins over the Christmas/New Years holidays, with guests taking time to celebrate at a slower pace up here. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing/bum-sliding and snow-fort-building have occupied our guests during our short daylight hours.   Spending quality time with one’s family and/or partner, away from other distractions, is what the holidays are all about up here . . . At least, that’s what I think! … Continue reading

Oh man – do we have SNOW!!

The end of October brought a dump of snow!  Always appreciated and I do love snow . . .but, oh my achin’ back. I’ve been shoveling and blowing snow for the past two days, along with trying to get a snow-track in for our 3-km trail.  The snow blower works just fine . . .until we get above -5C.  Then the blower just pushes snow, and it’s faster to shovel. The Snow Buntings and Pine Grosbeaks are back and delightful to watch (no, these aren’t my photos – courtesy Google Image Search). It’s a town day tomorrow, with guests coming … Continue reading