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Published: November 4th 2014
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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