We spent a few days boondocking at one of our favorite places near the  James River, in the Bearberry Valley, near Sundre, Alberta, Canada.


Erik wants to go Quading.
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…boondocking typically means staying in a completely undeveloped area.”
Free camp-sites.

The weather was perfect.

Hubby made a delicious Chicken Potjie on a gas-burner. The dog’s ramp made a perfect wind break.

Chicken Potjie kos with tomatoes, carrots, spinach, onions, potatoes, chicken broth, spices, etc.

“In South-Africa Potjiekos (poy-kee-kos), directly translated “pot food”, is a stew prepared outdoors in a cast iron, round, three legged pot (the potjie) using either wood coals or charcoal. The traditional ingredients are meat, vegetables, starch such as rice or potato, and fluids such as water and wine. Common other ingredients include fruits and flour based products such as pasta. It is traditionally simmered for hours while people socialize around a fire, enjoying side dishes.”
“Potjiekos originated from the Voortrekkers
.” -Wikipedia

Skokijan  doesn’t mind the smoke.

Erik waiting in he’s chair for something to happen.



We were lucky to see 2 Geese floating pass, they also flew by, but I was too late with the camera.
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The next day we had the left over Chicken Potjie in a sand-which made in a Pie Iron.  Our’s is a Camp Chef Dual Square Cooking Iron from Cabelas.

We made them on the gas-burner, a pan on top keeps the finished one’s hot.

Magic hour.



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Our campsite from across the river.


Erik from across the river.

We were fortunate to see some Feral Horses again.
You can see more photos and read about them in Feral Horses gallery.



Feral Horses
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Most of the photos were taken by my husband. 

“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

I made some more Hat-pins with Bead and wire, you can see more of my hat-pins here.

 James Rivernear Sundre, Alberta, Canada.
Click here for more photos and information.


  1. Lovely photos and the food simply makes me drool. Of course it would be even more delicious being cooked and eaten outdoors. I used to watch the grandparents of those horses, Tokeloshe! What beauty…all with unique personalities.

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    • Thank you, I’m glad you liked it. The Potjie especially was delicious. I also like it that there is no rush or distractions while eating outdoors. We never get tired of meeting the horses, sometimes I think they recognize us as well.


  2. Daardie kos en belewenis lyk baie lekker! Ken die Kanadese die term potjie?
    Jy het mos eenkeer gevra of daar Afrikaanse term vor Boondocking is. Ek is redelik seker dat daar nie een vir Boon-DOG-king is nie!

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    • Dit was, Potjies bly bo!
      Nee, maar ons is besig om hulle vinnig te leer.
      Hee-hee, ons sal ‘n Engels-Afrikaanse woordeboek vir al die vreemde termes moet begin 😉


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