Author Archives: JoAnne Burek

South Coal Lake Hike: Lush and long

South Coal Lake is especially lush at the moment. The foliage is fresh and green from the recent rains. The trees continue to bloom—now we have highbush cranberry in addition to saskatoons and chokecherries. And the bluebells (Mertensis), the wild … Continue reading

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Ministik Berg Hike: Blossoms and Beavers

Twenty people came out to hike on our warmest day yet. The aspen leaves are still emerging, so most of the time we were only in dappled shade. The Ministik Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful, undisturbed plot of land. The … Continue reading

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Hiking Source of the Blackmud

Last Sunday’s hike is definite proof that you should never, ever, hold out for “better weather on another day,” when you can hike the “Source of the Blackmud” in the middle of May. For if you did postpone, you would … Continue reading

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