“Life Is Best When You’re Camping”
We went camping for a few days at our favorite camping spots on the James River, Alberta, Canada.
“Fireweed is a native plant that’s found throughout the temperate northern hemisphere including some areas in the boreal forests. It earned its name because this plant is the first colonizer in the soil after forest fires.” – Edible Wildfood.
There were many wildflowers.
Erik loves camping.
Erik is a male Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie hybrid a.k.a. “Blue Border Heeler”.
Erik keeping watch.
We are privileged to be able to Boondock on Crown Land in Alberta, Canada.
We never tire of the beauty of the area.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
“Choose only one master—nature.” —Rembrandt
“According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the phrase “the boondocks” is derived from the Tagalog word bundok, which means mountain. (Tagalog is one of the two official languages of the Philippines; the other is English.)”
We tried out another shade-cloth for the wind, but we prefer the black one that we used last time, as we can see better through it. You can see the black one here.
The Quad having a rest.
Erik braving the cold water.
Hubby made a Potjie, on our 1 Burner Propane Stove, it was a bit windy so we used an Aluminium Foil Oil Splash Shield Guard for a Gas Hob.
The potjie consisted of Ox tail, beef cubes, onion, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, Bell peppers , 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
“Species of fish commonly found: Brown trout, rainbow trout, mountain whitefish, northern pike and a few others. It forms in the Rocky Mountains and flows eastward before joining the Red Deer River. The Forestry Trunk Road follows the river for much of its course. The James River is also bridged by Alberta Highway 22 near the unincorporated community of James River Bridge. The James River, as well as James Pass and James Lake, are named after James Dickson, a Stoney Chief who signed Treaty 7 with the Canadian government in 1877.“ –Wikipedia
As we expected rain, we attached a tarp, which fastens onto the canopy with grommets. You can see a close up of the grommets here. The tent poles are fiberglass.
A Beaver dam nearby.
“Beaver dams are created as a protection against predators, such as coyotes, wolves and bears, and to provide easy access to food during winter. Beavers always work at night and are prolific builders, carrying mud and stones with their fore-paws and timber between their teeth. Because of this, destroying a beaver dam without removing the beavers is difficult, especially if the dam is downstream of an active lodge. Beavers can rebuild such primary dams overnight, though they may not defend secondary dams as vigorously. Beavers may create a series of dams along a river.”-Wikipedia
“The North American beaver (Castor canadensis), also called the Canadian beaver (which is also the name of a subspecies), American beaver, or simply beaver in North America, is native to Canada, much of the United States and the states of Sonora and Chihuahua in northern Mexico. This species was introduced to the Argentine and Chilean Tierra del Fuego, as well as Finland, France, Poland and Russia.
The North American beavers prefer the (inner) bark of aspen and poplar but will also take birch, maple, willow, alder, black cherry, red oak, beech, ash, hornbeam and occasionally pine and spruce. They will also eat cattails, water lilies and other aquatic vegetation, especially in the early spring (and contrary to widespread belief, they do not eat fish).” – Wikipedia