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First time camping in a long time!


Claria With Fancy Marshmallow
Covid has influence our summer plans - last year we went to Cathedral Park and Big Bar Ranch to get away from people and the year before that we did a RV Road Trip to Prince Rupert because it allowed us to be self contained.  Every year before that had some camping so this was our first camping trip in quite a while.

Camp Site At Dry Gulch

The park we stayed at allowed reservations so we knew there was a place for us to stay, but it turns out we could have gone without - there were un-reserved spaced open that we could have stayed at for two weeks if we wanted to.

I'm always on the look out for camp critters - animals that live in the camp area - because they are generally easier to photograph but still have a natural setting.  Right outside of the bathroom block was a Red Naped Sapsucker feeding it's chicks.  Being great parents, I just had to setup my camera and wait for Mom or Dad to return.

Red Naped SapsuckerRed Naped Sapsucker Chick

Wilmer Wetlands

Again, the kids enjoy sleep ins.  I want to see some wildlife.  I found the Wilmer Wetlands online before we started the trip (high E-Bird numbers) so I left in the morning to go for a walk.  I didn't even make to the park before I saw an owl on a fence post.

Great Grey Owl On Fence PostGreat Grey Owl On Ground


The Wetlands have a parking lot and some nice signs and a trail that follows the cliffs all the way down to the water.  From the edge of the cliffs you can see the Wetlands flooded with the high water of the spring melt.

View Of Wilmer Wetland

Near the parking lot you are in an arid biome and as you descend you see more green and animals.

View Along RidgeBeaver In River

Northern Crescent Trying To Warm UpCommon Gaillardia In Front Of Common HarebellDot Tailed Whiteface

After my walk, I returned to the camp site to take the family into town for a stop at "the bakery".

The Bakery In InvermereClaira With Dessert

Paddle in The Columbia River

  In the afternoon Helen had to make a call back to Vancouver so I decided to rent some kayaks from Columbia River Paddle and go for a paddle.  Nara got a single (she has Kakaked before) and I took a double with Claira.  The river at this part does have some current, but you are quickly in a large lake area where the current is negligible.

Kayaking With ClairaNara Reflect On Lake'


Bald Eagle Watching Us
We were given an "attractions" map - here is an eagle tree, there is a good place to find turtles, and over there is a beaver house.  We didn't have much luck with the turtles or beaver, but we did a good time paddling around.

Claira Relaxing In Kayak

The Johnson

Nara figured out I was seeing things in the morning (she heard what I saw the day before) so she wanted to come out for a walk as well.  Good to her word, she did get up when I did and we drove to the other side of town to check out a local favorite - The Johnson.

Nara Overlooking CanyonNeave Creek From Canyon Edge
 
There are actually lots of trails here - most are great for mountain bikes, but we took more of a walking trail.  After the viewpoints, we turned more into the forest.  Nara found some bugs in the grass making more bugs and found it really funny.

 
Blister Beetles On GrassBlister Beetle On Gloves
 
Prairie Smoke
Being morning, you have a much better chance of actually being able to photograph a butterfly.  Nara and I were both using my 105mm lens.

Northern Crescent On Wild Rose

Bugaboo Lower Falls

Top Of Waterfall Hg

Helen had missed out on two hikes and wanted a hike.  The tourist info center in Invermere suggested we check out Bugaboo Lower Falls.  It was a drive up past Radium and then a short drive on a dirt road to a surprisingly busy parking lot.  It was a short (but in places steep) hike to see the dramatic waterfall.  The water was running at high levels so you didn't want to be very close to river.

Cliff Edge Overlook Lower Bugaboo Falls


Radishes And Onions At Market
We drove back to town and checked out the small farmers market.  We picked up fresh greens and the kids found cookies.

Invermere Farmers Market

Radium Hot Springs is a short drive from our camp site.  One evening we decided we wanted to be clean so we went for hot showers and a nice soak.

Radium Hot Spring



Camping is cheap, but also a great way to be close to nature.  Camping with a nice soak in a hot spring makes for a great day.

Fairmont Hot Springs

Kids In Fairmont Hot Springs



Our record for camping is something like 7 consecutive nights at Miracle Beach.   This trip has 10 days of camping in total so we wanted a shower break before we headed up to Banff for more camping.  I added another Hot Spring to the trip so we stayed a night at the Fairmont Hot Springs.


While there is lots of hiking around here, I was curious to see the hot spring source.  It's a bit "out of bounds", but well documented on the internet.  I went in the morning while the kids were still asleep.  I wasn't alone with this idea - there was already another couple there when I got to the springs.
 
Hot Springs TufaHot Spring Water Spreading OutWaterfall Curtain

We had one more swim in the morning and then started drive North to Radium and then into Kootenay National Park and then Banff National Park.



Great Grey Owl On Fence Post
Species: Strix nebulosa (Great Grey Owl)
Tags: fence
Claira With Dessert
View Along Ridge
Altitude: 808m (2650 feet)
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Hot Spring Water Spreading Out
Altitude: 957m (3139 feet)
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Hot Springs Tufa
Altitude: 966m (3169 feet)
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Tags: hot spring, waterfall
Prairie Smoke
Species: Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke)
Altitude: 899m (2949 feet)
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View Of Wilmer Wetland
Altitude: 877m (2877 feet)
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Neave Creek From Canyon Edge
Altitude: 951m (3120 feet)
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Camp Site At Dry Gulch
The Bakery In Invermere
Altitude: 828m (2716 feet)
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Blister Beetle On Gloves
Altitude: 917m (3008 feet)
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Claira Relaxing In Kayak
Northern Crescent On Wild Rose
Species: Phyciodes cocyta (Northern Crescent)
Altitude: 917m (3008 feet)
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Cliff Edge Overlook Lower Bugaboo Falls
Altitude: 873m (2864 feet)
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Beaver In River
Species: Castor canadensis (American Beaver)
Altitude: 810m (2657 feet)
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Radium Hot Spring
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: hot spring
Top Of Waterfall Hg
Altitude: 873m (2864 feet)
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Blister Beetles On Grass
Altitude: 899m (2949 feet)
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Red Naped Sapsucker Chick
Species: Sphyrapicus nuchalis (Red-naped Sapsucker)
Altitude: 996m (3267 feet)
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Bald Eagle Watching Us
Dot Tailed Whiteface
Altitude: 830m (2723 feet)
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Northern Crescent Trying To Warm Up
Species: Phyciodes cocyta (Northern Crescent)
Altitude: 823m (2700 feet)
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Tags: butterfly
Kayaking With Claira
Nara Overlooking Canyon
Altitude: 947m (3106 feet)
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Common Gaillardia In Front Of Common Harebell
Species: Gaillardia aristata (common gaillardia, brown eyed susan), Campanula rotundifolia (Common Harebell)
Altitude: 823m (2700 feet)
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Great Grey Owl On Ground
Species: Strix nebulosa (Great Grey Owl)
Claria With Fancy Marshmallow
Waterfall Curtain
Altitude: 957m (3139 feet)
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Tags: hot spring, waterfall
Nara Reflect On Lake
Red Naped Sapsucker
Species: Sphyrapicus nuchalis (Red-naped Sapsucker)
Altitude: 996m (3267 feet)
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Kids In Fairmont Hot Springs
Person: Claira, Nara
Tags: hot spring, swimming
Invermere Farmers Market
Altitude: 888m (2913 feet)
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Radishes And Onions At Market
Altitude: 868m (2847 feet)
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Tags: market, produce
Tags: hot spring(6), swimming(3), waterfall(2), fence(1), butterfly(1), market(1)
People: Nara(4), Claira(3)
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