Boondocking


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 guide.com

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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8 comments

  1. Jou nou ook gevind na jou link na my blog, sal bietjie weer kom inloer ook. Bly om te sien jy praat en gebruik nog Afrikaans. Ons is nou net so oor 20 jaar in die UK, praat dit tuis en my dogter praat dit nou met haar babatjie. Beste taal!

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    • Dit is wonderlike nuus 💞
      Ons praat amper meer Afrikaans as Engels 😉
      Ek is bly ons kan almal op die blogosfeer konnekteer.
      Ons het drie kleinkinders, hulle twede taal is Frans, want dit is beter vir hulle toekoms.

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