Retirement: World's longest coffee break. travel blog

Vermilion Lakes


Lake Minnewanka Lakeshore Trail





Track plate scrubbing


Moraine Creek









Arnica Lake Trail


We've been doing lots of volunteering since we've been back. Pam has been continuing with wildlife photo classification and we'll both be back on the CABIN water quality monitoring project later in the summer. We're also helping out with a project to monitor the little critters that cross under the highway in the culverts. To prepare for that we spent a morning helping Mirjam, the research technician, getting the track plates cleaned up after the winter season, a dirty job but we managed to make it fun. We've also been sitting at Moraine Creek watching to see if any Harlequin ducks fly down the creek to the Bow River to feed. So far no ducks but sitting by a pretty creek staring at Mount Temple isn't such a bad way to spend an evening. One of the great things about volunteering in the Park is that just going for a hike counts as volunteering! We hike a trail and then submit a trail condition report which Park's staff use to update trail reports and provide the info to other hikers. And when we're on our bikes in the Park, we call Park's dispatch with all carnivore sightings and "bear jams". We want to put a plug in for another project that we've been involved with and needs some funding help. Please take a look at this website and consider making a donation to this important project:

If you look back at our Feb 6, 2012 entry, you'll see us in action helping with the project.

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