The Moose Is Loose!

Last week my daughter and I joined some friends for a 300km canoe trip starting in the Rocky Mountains.  The trip was part of our quest to re-trace the historic water route of the Voyageur fur traders from their trapping grounds in northern Canada to the overland route through the mountains and on to the coast, where the furs would sail for Europe.

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Canoeing is wonderful because of all the "stuff" you can carry.  We did not lack any of the comforts...

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Today the railway covers this same route alongside the waterways of the past.  The engineer gave us a friendly "toot toot" from his air horn as we paddled across one of the few lakes on our journey.

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As we were going downstream (I still find it hard to image the Voyaguers padding their loaded canoes UPSTREAM!!) and leaving the mountains behind us, a look back was always rewarded with spectacular views.  If you look at the sheer face of Roche Miette, background left, picture me standing on top in a few days as we are returning to climb it this week!

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Although we spotted wildlife often, this was especially dramatic.  A cow moose and her calf were surprised by our canoes while swimming across the river.  The calf panicked and turned away from the cow, so she had to chase it back a forth a few times.  We could sense the calf's desperation and I feared it may drown, but luckily mom got everything under control and they scampered into the woods.

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We were able to relax occasionally by "rafting-up" but someone always had to keep an eye out for approaching rapids, log jams, snags and sweepers.

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Our gang was certainly an eccentric bunch.  There was a 50 year spread between the oldest and youngest, but we were all young at heart.  Here Stephanie leads evening yoga...

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followed by a darts tournament...

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All good things must come to an end...at least until the next adventure The Moose Is Loose!.  Carpe diem!

The Moose Is Loose!
Thanks Dean, really a great journey and no mosquitoes! Your trip
07/05/2010 - 07:10
takes me back to the Bow River, beautiful scenery, great rafting and oh so cold water. Thanks for the Summer break, hope to be back next year. Best, Tim
Have Canoe, will travel!....
07/06/2010 - 00:37
Thanks Dean, with such wonderful photographs I feel as though I came along with you. Incidentally, who won the darts tournament? With all good wishes Tony
some go to the park with their kids, you go on an adventure!
07/05/2010 - 11:28
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Carpe Diem is a great description Dean!
07/05/2010 - 12:47
Joie de la vie, what else can one say?    (please excuse my 7th grade French).  Looks like everybody had a great time! BR, Dan
View from 1400m
07/10/2010 - 22:07
Hi All;  Thanks for the comments, I'm glad you enjoyed the photo journey even if its not watch-related . We've just returned from another visit to Jasper, but this time to climb a few mountains above the Athabasca River. Here is a pic of my friend John from Roche Miette, altitude 2316m and 1425m above the river.  A surprise snowfall the night before left a bit of treacherous ice on the rocks but we took our time (7 hours return) and enjoyed the view. After three peaks in three days, I'm ready for a rest .