Sleeping Al fresco


al·fres·co

/alˈfreskō/

Adverb

In the open air.

We went Boondocking again for a few days at a spot we call Meadows in the Bearberry Valley on crown-land, near Sundre, Alberta, Canada.  We love our shade-net, which fastens onto the canopy, provides shade, helps keep the mosquitoes out, is a wind-breaker and gives privacy when we camp in campgrounds. Please click on photos for larger images. All photos were taken with a Nikon D70 camera ©

The weather was lovely and the mosquitoes and flies weren’t too bad despite all the rain we had recently. Even though we didn’t expect rain, we put our tarp up, by the fire-pit, which also gives shade. Someone had removed the Tepee Poles, but we fortunately had tent-poles.

The view of the mountains, which is only a short walk from our dry camp.

We tossed mushrooms, onions, Bell Peppers, tomatoes, baby carrots, etc. in olive oil, herbs and spices, then grilled them on an open fire with homemade Boerewors (South African sausage) and Lamb-chops.

Despite the Canada Day long weekend we were the only people camping in the area, so we have to be vigilant, as we once spotted a cougar in the area. We always have bear-spray, a rifle, a hunting knife and Walkie Talkies close by. Hubby hangs the rifle from a branch with a flashlight attached.

The dogs loved it as usual.

Our driveway.

Dry camping is simply camping without hook-ups for power, water or conveniences. Overnighting in a truck stop or Wal-Mart parking lot is dry camping, but most serious dry campers seek out the backcountry and wilds of nature. ” – Woody’s RV

Even though we have a camper, we slept in hammocks one evening. We slept very well, as it was quite warm, we heard the birds singing, saw the moon above and a beautiful sunrise. It was wonderful and we can’t wait to do it again.

The lantern is filled with Citronella oil, which gave light throughout the night and kept the insects away.We got the hammocks a few years ago from Jysk and they are made from parachute material. The mosquito nets are from Ikea and really worked well.

The next morning, the sleeping bags tumble out of the hammock.

The feral horses come investigate, you can see the hammock and mozzie net on the left.

They come so close that I can see the mosquitoes around them, it is wonderful that they accept us. Can it get any better?

View from our camper.

“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.

“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

Hubby made delicious Potjie-kos with pork, potatoes, tomatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, garlic, herbs, spices, Bell Peppers, etc. We had the stew with Sourdough bread. We bring along our own fire-pit, which we find much easier and safer.

potjie (ˈpɔɪkiː)

— n

South African ) a three-legged iron pot used for cooking over a wood fire.

[Afrikaans]

“Potjiekos” ( literally meaning pot-food) has been part of South Africa’s culture for many centuries. When the first Dutch settlers arrived in the Cape, they brought with them their ways of cooking food in heavy cast iron pots, which hung from the kitchen hearth above the fire.” South Africa Tours

Steak and leftovers.

After a hot day we had a thunderstorm and we were we glad that the tarp was up.

Do you like camping? Do you have any favorite Camping Recipes to share?

Meadows

15 comments

  1. Thanks for the trip to the boondocks (interesting to compare that with our ‘bundu’) – loved it! Those sleeping bags look rather like gondolas, don’t they? Pity Canada flies and mossies do so well in Canada – they tend to spoil the fun somewhat. I feel sorry for the horses, but wasn’t it great the way they came up to you?

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it.
      They do look a little like gondolas, all we need now is a gondolier 😉
      At least it’s just for a few months, although, they are bad at home as well this year.
      It is remarkable how the horses survive the winters. It is, especially because we have two dogs, but we have taught the dogs not to bark at them.

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  2. That looks like a wonderful place to get away ~ with horses for companions.

    We camped on and off for about 10 years before selling our camper. We like grilling meals or burying foil packs in the coals or wood fire. And we loved toasting marshmallows for dessert.

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  3. Wonderful post. I do love to see nature in other countries and thus Your post inspires me. I just made also a post presenting one of our Nature Parks.

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  4. Linda, you two are ingenious. And the hammock and netting look so elegant! No wonder the wild horses couldn’t resist you. Thanks for steering me here – you’re ahead of the folks who “hammock” tents in the trees. I prefer your approach – having the camper and sleeping outdoors!

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    • I’m glad you like it 😉
      We try to be outdoors as much as possible, that’s why we love boondocking and camping in Provincial Parks.

      Here we slept under thousands of stars. You can see a solar light at the bottom of the tree on the left, on the rig line (rope) above the hammock we hang a flashlight, bear-spray, a knife, etc. The dogs loved it as it was very hot. I think if you click on the photo you should go to the post.

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