Walking Up - The Whaleback, 2014 June 27


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June 27th 2014
Published: November 4th 2014
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Whaleback TrailWhaleback TrailWhaleback Trail

Looking back - just the beginning
Prior to this hike, The Whaleback was a beautiful view from Highway 22. The pristine cattle ranching country is revered by Albertans for its natural state. Repeatedly, citizens have rallied to save it from development that would interfere in its timeless history. Over the years, dedicated ranchers have come to agreements with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to protect The Whaleback and similar areas, working to preserve a big, contiguous natural landscape for all time.

This hike was my first venture on foot into this mythical land. The pungent smells of prairie grasses and flowers accompanied us across the ranchland and up - ever up! The whole time I was singing under my breath: "The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain, To see what he could see! And all that he could see, and all that he could see, Was the other side of the mountain, the other side of the mountain, the other side of the mountain, Was all that he could see!" Favourite of children's camping singsongs.


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Hiking through the wildflowersHiking through the wildflowers
Hiking through the wildflowers

Exquisite feeling of luxury!
View beyond compare!View beyond compare!
View beyond compare!

Reminds me of how far up we have come
The Top!The Top!
The Top!

Nature's sculpture
The Other Side of the MountainThe Other Side of the Mountain
The Other Side of the Mountain

The view seen only by hikers!
Hiking PathHiking Path
Hiking Path

Cross barbed-wire fences with care!
Purple BeardtonguePurple Beardtongue
Purple Beardtongue

The individual amongst the many!
Wild GeraniumWild Geranium
Wild Geranium

Delicate colour along the pathway
ThundercloudThundercloud
Thundercloud

...on its way to Calgary!


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