We went Boondocking in the Bearberry Valley on crown-land, near Sundre, Alberta during the Calgary Stampede.  Although we have dry camped quite often, this was our first time camping in the Boondocks. We called our spot “Cul-de-sac and found it private and quite.  One evening a Deer visited us and at night one could hear the Stallions arguing at the salt lick. Click on photos for larger images. ©

We used a fire-pit that someone else had left and cleared the campsite of some broken glass, broken cans and some litter like foil, bottle caps, etc. There were some mosquitoes, but the fire and insect repel-ant helped.  Please click on photo for larger image. ©

“One dictionary defines boondocks as slang for rough backwoods or bush country. The term boondocking, also known to RV enthusiast as dispersed camping, dry camping or coyote camping, is used to describe camping in the midst of nature without the use of commercial campgrounds and hookups.” – Boondocking

Thunderstorm approaching. Photo taken from our campsite. Click on photos for larger images. ©

Sandhill Crane Click on photos for larger images ©

We saw two Sandhill Cranes, at the time we didn’t know what type of cranes they were, but by chance Rick Braveheart had just written an excellent post on them, called  “Photo Book Review – On Ancient Wings” on he’s blog The Great American Landscape.

Do you enjoy gorgeous photography books filled with stunning images of birds and landscapes or reading page turning stories about wildlife and nature? If so, On Ancient Wings-The Sandhill Cranes of North America by photographer Michael Forsberg is a must read.- The Great American Landscape.

There were three Black Bears in the area feeding on a dead horse. We only saw two at a time, the sow tried to keep the younger one away most of the time. Click on photos for larger images ©

Black Bear. Click on photos for larger images ©

Bears don’t only eat Berries. Click on photos for larger images ©

Sunset. Photo taken from our campsite. Click on photos for larger images ©

Mosquito and lantern. Click on photos for larger images ©

Evening. Photo taken from our campsite.Click on photos for larger images ©

We saw quite a few Feral Horses again. Click on photos for larger images ©

“Wild horses” or “feral horses”? The debate rages on in Alberta, Canada. The provincial government believes that the wild horses west of Sundre, Alberta are the descendants of domestic horses used in logging and guiding/outfitting operations in the early 1900’s. The Wild Horse Society of Alberta (WHOAS) believes that they are of Spanish descent. WHOAS is so sure of this that they have sent away DNA samples to the University of Texas, Equine Genetics Lab for testing.Wild Horses Of Alberta.

Horses at Salt Lick. Click on photos for larger images ©

Deer. Click on photos for larger images ©

Deer. Click on photos for larger images ©

Deer in the meadows. Click on photos for larger images ©

The meadows. Click on photos for larger images ©

“Paptert” (Porridge Pie)and Steak in a Dutchoven. Click on photos for larger images ©

South African side dish with BBQ!
Paptert recipe in English
Paptert – my ma s’n!

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About Tokeloshe.

Welcome and thank you for visiting. I have been happily married (sic) for 40 years, have one son, a loving daughter in law and three adorable grandsons. We have been in Canada for 20 years and are originally from South-Africa. My first language is Afrikaans. (Ek kan nog Afrikaans praat, lees en skryf.) I love doing mixed media, scrap-booking, blogging and playing on the computer, I am also interested in photography, genealogy, reading, hiking, camping, arts and crafts.
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6 Responses to Boondocking

  1. nrhatch says:

    Beautiful shots, Tok! With lots of Wild Life.


  2. Tokeloshe says:

    I’m glad you liked them.
    It is so relaxing to just sit back and watch them.


  3. perdebytjie says:

    Ek het nou hier kom lees…baie,baie interessant en pragtige foto’s en goeie inligting…dankie Linda.

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