Smokeless Camping.


Erik loves camping.

For our first camp of the season, we camped at one of our favorite spots, which we call Fallen Tree.

Wild camping near Limestone Mountain, Alberta, Canada.

“Also called dry, free, or freedom camping, wild camping is overnighting away from organized campsites, and their noise and crowds, to set up camp among the wilds of nature instead.”- Matador Network.

As usual the place was spotless, except someone had left a table, which we didn’t mind.

A perfect view.

The table was quite sturdy.

Our parked camper, truck and quad.

Getting comfortable.

Our closest neighbors

We had a huge area for ourselves.

Erik had a ball as usual.

Collecting firewood which we didn’t use.

The area is beautiful with many birds.

There were still a few small patches of snow left.

Me crossing small streams. I am wearing fleece lined denim pants, fleece cap, a camouflage Jacket long-sleeve shirt, wool socks and Sorel boots. I have bear-spray in one pocket and a knife in the other pocket. 😉

I wonder what caused the holes.

There were many fallen trees.

Relaxing in the hammock.

 Erik on guard.
This hammock is 11 foot long and 7 1/2 foot wide, so that you can lay across it.
Our hammocks are made from Taffeta material (banquet table-cloths.)
Sourced from Tablecloths.com.

We tried out our old portable stainless steel charcoal barbecue, which we bought years ago at Ikea. It came with a Metal white Mesh Food Screen Dome Cover for Bugs.


I don’t think Ikea sells them anymore. This small, all-round stainless steel barbecue is easy to carry with the handle it is equipped with. It can be used on a balcony, on the beach or even on a boat. (Diam: 35 cm and H.50cm). Designer Mikael Warnhammar.

It comes with a grill and worked very well.
We call it Sputnik 😉

We also used our portable propane fire pit for heat.
We used the charcoal barbecue’s grill and made toasted cheese and tomato sandwiches in foil for breakfast. They were ready in less than 5 minutes.

It got quite cold in the evening, one night it dropped below freezing, but the smokeless fire kept us warm and only cost about $5 in gas for 4 nights. Not bad considering we have spent $4 on firewood per night. It comes with a lid and is easy to move around.
It was great not to smell of and keep out of the way of smoke.

There were a few other campers, but we have been there when there were  more.
Despite that, it was still very peaceful.

As usual we saw many wild horses, you can see and read more about them here.

“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

Meet the Neigh-bours.

Straight from the horse’s mouth.

It’s pasture bedtime.

I foal as though you don’t care about me.

C’mon, quit foaling around, will you?

It’s late. We better hit the hay.

He’s such a stud! What a mane man.

Sorry, it was a NIGHTMARE!

Quit horsing around.

MagNEIGHficent.

We’ll try to rein it in a bit now and quit horsing around, before we make a foal of ourselves

For more Horse Puns – Punpedia.

This Duck stood on the fallen tree for a long time.

I think it is a Harlequin duck.
Histrionicus histrionicus

Harlequin ducks are named for the ornate,

clown-like appearance of the males.

Appearance

Basically slate-blue, males are highlighted in black-outlined white striping and accented by daubs of rust-brown on the lower body and brownish black at the wing-tips.
Females are well-camouflaged in basic brown.
Habitat: Favours rocky shorelines of rapid streams, frequents coastal estuaries and islands.
Ducks.

Range: East and west coasts of North America. Eastern range extends from Greenland and Labrador as far south as New Jersey. Western range is from Kamchatka Peninsula and Siberia north across the Bering Strait and back down through Alaska, inland throughout much of the Rockies, and as far south as the central California coast. The ranges are separate and populations are much higher in the west.

Some southward migration takes place but most movement is inland for breeding and nesting and seaward for wintering. Ducks.

Harlequin duck.

We saw two ducks flying over and trying to catch fish in this spot.

Can you imagine riding on a Horse through this beautiful area?

How to Find Free Camping in the US & Canada.

Fallen Tree.

 

13 comments

    • Dankie, ek is bly jy het hulle geniet Hester.
      Die hangmatte is heerlik, manlief het ‘n paar gemaak in verskilende kleure. Ons het al oornag in hulle geslaap, oor ‘n rivier gespan, ons gebuik hulle in die tuin en op die “deck”.

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