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Published: August 21st 2009
Not the least bit shy, this mtn goat (really a sheep) was munching away next to the highway with his mate munching away on the other side.
I camped two nights in Yoho. The whole time I was there I kept singing the "Pirates of the Caribbean" song, "yoho yoho a pirate's life for me," though I was more likely to sing the church camp version to the same tune, "yoho yoho a Christian's life for me. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise God all creatures here below, praise God above ye heavenly hosts, Creator, Christ, and HO-ly Ghost. Yoho yoho.... etc."
The first day, Monday, I drove up to Takakkaw Falls and hiked a bit up Yoho Valley. The second day, the 18th, I went to Emerald Lake, iconic Canadian Rockies lake, and hiked up to Emerald Basin. This was a much more substantial hike, climbing steeply up from the valley floor and wandering up and down over a trail full of shrub and tree roots (that are slippery and prone to trip you) and rocks (also tricky). The trail ended in a washout. I could see the basin, just a bit ahead, but no clear way to get there. More dedicated hikers than me were valiantly heading this way and that through the bush but I decided to sit down on a slab
The Cree word "takakkaw" means "magnificent." I'd agree.
of shale and enjoy the day. Then I headed back. A total of about 6 miles, with fair elevation gain and loss.
I like camping. Except for deciding what to do when I need to pee at night, I like sleeping in the tent. I like the cold air and the sounds of wind and trees rustling. I like cooking on my camp stove (rice and veggies; chili and corn). I like reading a book and drinking a glass of wine in the wilderness. I like watching Molly do her doggy things in the woods. She's on a 30-foot lead which she regularly gets tangled up in the bushes. She'll get stuck, unable to go forward, too small-brained to figure out she needs to go back, but she sits quietly, alert to wildlife, waiting for me to notice that she's stuck. Then I untangle her and she begins her contemplation again.
We went the next day, August 19, on to Kootenay NP. That's for the next blog.
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