Boardwalk Building at Wanison

Well, yes building was the intention, over 3 boggy areas of the Wanison Lake trail going to Blackfoot Recreation Area. First of course we needed to cart in more building materials. First we had issues with our brush cutter that pulls the heaviest cart with a cable breaking. It took awhile to get a fix that would hold. On our second trip we were determined to get everything left to the second bog and well …….what happened here?A cart that is meant to carry a moose, could not meet our demands!

So we will be back to build another day!

Eagles, Pelicans, and Puffballs at Saunders Lake

Twelve hikers came out for another amazing hike at Saunders lake.
There were a number of pelicans on the lake, as well as lots of ducks and a few hawks.







Then we saw a bald eagle, coming…going…and just sitting on a tree overlooking the lake. (We had seen two eagles there when we scouted on Thursday.) Dustin took this amazing photograph.

Bald Eagle at Saunders lake
Bald Eagle, Courtesy of Dustin

Scott found a massive puffball mushroom. We got all but three left feet in this photo.

Saunders Lake puffball
Saunders Lake puffball, Courtesy of Irene

We saw a few hawks as well, and of course, lots of ducks.
Lunch was in the shade on the road allowance at A33. There was a breeze for most of the hike while the sky remained fairly hazy. Temperature-wise it was quite pleasant.

There are more photos on Flickr

Coal Lake: Taming the Wilderness

With an ambitious crew we set out to blaze a trail lost in 6 years of disuse.

By afternoon we were in the woods where the trail was easier to find but was continually obstructed by walls of deadfall and overgrown brush. Before the heat melted the group we had to head back.

We need a cooler day to finish and therefore shifted the hike and crew for October.