Camouflage

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While out for a hike with my lovely photographer friend, we had gone across the train tracks and were scrambling down to the river, when we saw a man, alone, working at gutting some fish (we think?). He was by some Pondarosas close to shore, and I remember we were a little leary, as, all over the news that day they were warning the public about a dangerous man the Police were hunting down. So, of course, our imaginations were in overdrive when my friend saw something dart up a massive old Pondarosa just to the left of the fishing Man. I remember saying “No, no, its a porcupine” LOL! Nope. It was a Bobcat, drawn to the man cutting up fish and we had scared it up the tree. It was unreal how no one had seen this Bobcat until we scared it, and, even looking through the pictures now, his camouflage is uncanny. Unsettling.

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This is a little blurry, but look at that stare!

I though that this story would be perfect for Wildlife Week, which runs from April 9 – 15. We are also raising funds for the Canadian Wildlife Federation so pls head here to donate http://donate.cwf-fcf.org/goto/wildrootsart

 

HAPPY TRAILS!

~Trish

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Happy Trails

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Roland and I suited up and went out for a hike today, only to have it cut short.  The culprit: Coyote.  It seemed rather apt that it would be cut short by wildlife, as it is Wildlife Week right now. 

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Miss Belle – Great Pyrenees/Lab

Now, Miss Belle and I have been surrounded by a pack of coyotes twice before, once they actively ran around us trying to corral Belle off into the bush, the second time they just popped out every now and then to watch us go by.  I Usually don’t worry too much, Miss Belle never goes far from me and I have bear spray if anything really bad happens, BUT, now I am hiking with a 3-½ month old Bebe.  A nice woman and her dog had stopped us on our way up and warned us that a coyote was up the way, and showed a picture she snapped on her phone before turning around. It was a big fella, looking nice and healthy, lol.

This made me think that maybe a little information on coyotes would be good, I mean, knowledge before heading out into the bush is always a good idea.  Where we grew up, you could hear never ending tales of dogs being lured off by a lone coyote to its hidden brothers in the bush.  

A general rule if you are out hiking is to NOT be quiet. Whistle, stomp, sing to your dog, this way you aren’t quietly sneaking up on wildlife. If a coyote is behaving unafraid or aggressive towards you, be loud, talking in a deep voice, and make yourself look bigger, hold your arms up and walk away slowly.  Try to maintain eye contact as you leave. Always pick up small children and pets, as they are seen as easy pickin’s.  

Side note: anyone who has been to the Kamloops wildlife park has probably seen the Cougar there stalk children as they walk by, it’s frickin terrifying and sobering to see.  All wildlife goes for the small or weak.  

Coyotes eat smaller mammals, bird eggs, lizards, and baby deer (or any baby ungulate).  I was thinking this guy looked so large and health because there is a huge group of hoary marmots that live beside the compost site at the start of the trail.

One last thing to remember is also the time of year, February is usually mating season, so, one can also wonder if there are other coyotes around, or if the coyote was a pregnant female.  As a new mom I can attest to being HULK MOM SMASH ENEMY, so why wouldn’t wildlife protect their young the same way?

If you want more information Wildsafe BC is an amazing resource for our area.  And always report any aggressive wildlife.

Stay safe AND respectful out there everyone!

Happy Trails

~Trish

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Wildlife Week

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It’s Wildlife Week!! Take the time to play outdoors, hike in the forest, feed the birds & marvel in the world around you.
Roland and I will be participating in the Walk for Wildlife on Wednesday and are raising funds for the Canadian Wildlife Federation. Please donate to the cause at our website here.

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The Canadian Wildlife Federation’s mission is to conserve and inspire the conservation of Canada’s wildlife and habitats for the use and enjoyment of all.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation conducts its activities through a cooperative approach – working with people, corporations, non-government organizations, and governments to inspire collaboration in achieving wildlife conservation. We will use the best available science-based information to develop our policies, programs and communications. CWF prides itself in being accountable and transparent in fulfilling our mission.

THANK YOU & HAPPY HIKING!!

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It was to awesome to finally head outdoors for even a small hike.  The clouds rolled in last night and the sound of rain on my roof made me so happy. I love September; the change in weather,  apple pies galore and that cozy feel of fall. But it’s not just that, this was my first hike in months. Pregnancy was a wee bit hard on me the first couple months, but this morning I woke, after finally sleeping through an entire night, and it was like complete elation. Finally heading out to my favorite place in town (Kenna by the compost dump) was GLOOOOOORIOUS (you have to say that Oprah style). Sagebrush scent was faint in the air, colors deep and rich from the rain, birds winging skillfully over bush tops.  Heaven.
xoxo Trish

Vancouver Island

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We snuck out to Cowichan Bay and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Vancouver Island for a couple days and enjoyed some quiet, beautiful, sunny days on the beach/hiking/boating. I seriously can’t believe how great the weather was for us, as the last two times we went to the Island it was nothing but rain and fog, lol! Not too fun in a tent!
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Our first day out there, we went to some friends of ours who live out by Cowichan Bay and they took us out crabbing. It was absolutely gorgeous out and they took us all around the area along Salt Spring Island and out to Maple Bay, etc.  I think I spent the whole time wishing I could win the lottery and live in one of those houses clinging to the hills with a little boat and dock.  Anyway, we didn’t catch much, but I had never been crabbing before, so it was neat just to watch what was going on. Plus they gave us enough crab to have a massive campfire feast on our first night camping, YUM!

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After stocking up on crab, we took off to Port Renfrew and checked out Avatar and Botanical Beach Provincial Park.  Side note, I read a great article from Hakai Magazine about a female teacher named Josephine Tilden from University of Minnesota, who established a teaching station at Botanical Beach for all her female Botany students. I loved walking around the crater like beach and envisioning these enterprising women from 1901 in their dresses and boots.

The tide-pools were teaming with life, I have never seen anything like it. Every pool was completely different, filled with colorful, strange sea creatures. It was fantastic.

 

Green Sea Urchin
Green Sea Urchin
Mossy Chiton
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Giant Green Anemone

 

We camped at China Beach, in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.  It was a nice campsite, super clean facilities and somewhat secluded camp sites. Our dog Belle came with us and OMG did she love the ocean, especially the waves, which she would run away from lol!

 

We realized that we didn’t pack utensils, so my husband made us chopstick using the one camping knife we found LOL!! The 3rd picture above was the Banana slug that loved Belles dog food.

Below are just some pictures of the beaches you could hike down to. The hike down to the beaches was about 2-5 km depending on the hike.

 

Mystic Beach

 

xoxo Trish

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