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Nara And Claira At Lookout
The Covid situation was basically 100% lock down since March.  The kids had some school because Helen is a front line worker (works in a hospital) but even they were going stir crazy doing exactly the same thing every day.  The restrictions backed off and Helen was working so I decided to drive up to Manning Park for a day to do a little hiking with the kids.  Of course I've been to Manning before (Manning Camping from way back, Manning Camping with friends, Manning Camping with kids and Manning Day Trips) but it had been a while so a great time to go!

Claira Walking On Parking Barrier

Of course, I should have done my homework a little better.  I went up June 21st but the Alpine doesn't actually open to until the July 1st weekend.  I had a chat with the boat rental guy and he mentioned the previous weekend they counted 5 black bears with cubs in the Alpine area so I understand why it wasn't open.  We stopped at the outlook and took in the view!  There are quite a few animals up here that make a full time living eating handouts from people who drive up. 

Raven Looking At MeRaven Looking Back

Yellow Pine Chipmunk LookingYellow Pine Chipmunk Side View

I was a little saddened to see people open bags of trail mix to feed the birds, but I turned around and my kid had bummed a handful and was feeding a Clark's Nutcracker.  The Clark's nutcracker knew exactly what to do to get treats.  These birds are in the Corvidae family - the same family that includes Crows and Jays.

Nara With Clarks NutcrackerClarks Nutcracker With Cashew


While there are no obvious trails from the view point, there are plenty of alpine plants growing roadside.  Many of these plants grow low to the ground in mats to avoid the wind from stripping their water.

Parsnipflower BuckwheatField Of Cut Leaf FleabaneSilky Phacelia

 
Stonecrop Image Stack
A few of my favorites - stone crops and spreading Pholox were easy to find.  I didn't have much luck getting the kids interested - they wanted to play with the squirrels.

Bush PenstemonSpreading Phlox In Loose Rocks

We had lunch and then drove to the Lightning Lakes day use area.  Even though it was a nice day, the parking lot was at most 30% full.  The kids saw the lake an immediately wanted to go swimming.  I got their wet suits on them and they found out how cold a lake you can ski on in the summer is in June.  It's cold!

Kids Used To The LakeNara Feels The ColdClaira Running From Cold Water

Walking Canoe Back
We have canoed this lake a few time so we rented a canoe to give it a go.  There was a steady wind coming down the lake and with heavy me in the back and to light kids in the front, I was unable to keep the canoe going into the wind to go up the lake.  We paddled back and forth a few times, but eventually had to beach and walk the boat back to the rental stop.


Mule Deer Looking BackColumbia Ground Squirrel Looking At Me
There are other things to see at the lake side.  Near the car I spotted a deer eating grasses.  In the field there were several Columbia Ground Squirrel colonies.  The kids wanted to share their afternoon snacks with the ground squirrels.  I hope carrots are okay for them - they have to be better than other snacks people were giving out.

Columbia Ground Squirrel Side View
 
 
Satyr Comma Ventral
We were driving out, but there was one last stop I wanted to make - visit strawberry flats to see if it is still under snow.  We did find a bit of snow on the trails, but we also found a butterfly!  I've seen the Satyr Comma at Manning Park before, but it always nice to see a native butterfly going about it's day. 

Satyr Comma Dorsal

The kids wanted to get home so we packed up and hit the road.  We grabbed some take out in Hope and made it home for a regular bed time.


Raven Looking At Me
Species: Corvus corax (Common Raven)
Altitude: 1679m (5508 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira Running From Cold Water
Person: Claira
Altitude: 1240m (4068 feet)
Location: Go To...
Raven Looking Back
Species: Corvus corax (Common Raven)
Altitude: 1679m (5508 feet)
Location: Go To...
Columbia Ground Squirrel Looking At Me
Species: Spermophilus columbianus (Columbian ground squirrel)
Altitude: 1237m (4058 feet)
Location: Go To...
Field Of Cut Leaf Fleabane
Species: Erigeron compositus (cutleaf daisy, dwarf mountain fleabane)
Altitude: 1681m (5515 feet)
Location: Go To...
Satyr Comma Ventral
Species: Polygonia satyrus (satyr anglewing)
Altitude: 1362m (4468 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: insect, ventral
Nara With Clarks Nutcracker
Person: Nara
Species: Nucifraga columbiana (Clark's Nutcracker)
Altitude: 1677m (5501 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bird, hand feeding, icon triple
Walking Canoe Back
Person: Nara, Claira
Altitude: 1235m (4051 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: canoeing
Kids Used To The Lake
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 1242m (4074 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: lake
Parsnipflower Buckwheat
Species: Eriogonum ovalifolium (Cushion Buckwheat)
Altitude: 1679m (5508 feet)
Location: Go To...
Yellow Pine Chipmunk Side View
Species: Tamias amoenus (Yellow-Pine Chipmunk)
Altitude: 1679m (5508 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara And Claira At Lookout
Person: Nara, Claira
Altitude: 1686m (5531 feet)
Location: Go To...
Claira Walking On Parking Barrier
Person: Claira
Altitude: 1680m (5511 feet)
Location: Go To...
Mule Deer Looking Back
Species: Odocoileus hemionus (Mule Deer)
Altitude: 1239m (4064 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: deer
Bush Penstemon
Species: Penstemon fruticosus (Bush Penstemon)
Altitude: 1681m (5515 feet)
Location: Go To...
Yellow Pine Chipmunk Looking
Species: Tamias amoenus (Yellow-Pine Chipmunk)
Altitude: 1679m (5508 feet)
Location: Go To...
Clarks Nutcracker With Cashew
Species: Nucifraga columbiana (Clark's Nutcracker)
Altitude: 1677m (5501 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: bird, hand feeding
Silky Phacelia
Species: Phacelia sericea (Silky Phacelia)
Altitude: 1679m (5508 feet)
Location: Go To...
Spreading Phlox In Loose Rocks
Species: Phlox diffusa (Spreading Phlox)
Altitude: 1679m (5508 feet)
Location: Go To...
Satyr Comma Dorsal
Species: Polygonia satyrus (satyr anglewing)
Altitude: 1362m (4468 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: dorsal, insect
Columbia Ground Squirrel Side View
Species: Spermophilus columbianus (Columbian ground squirrel)
Altitude: 1237m (4058 feet)
Location: Go To...
Stonecrop Image Stack
Altitude: 1683m (5521 feet)
Location: Go To...
Nara Feels The Cold
Person: Nara
Tags: lake
Tags: hand feeding(2), bird(2), lake(2), insect(2), deer(1), icon triple(1)
People: Claira(5), Nara(5)
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