One of the things I was so looking forward to on this trip has been meeting up with Ellis again, and meeting her parents, Don and Trish. No only did I know they’d be lovely hosts and people, but they are also very outdoors people who know lots of cool hikes around their town.
Today, we found two, one east and one west of town.
Don was thrilled to find the big horn sheep had come down from the mountains and found a farm to graze on.
He was also pretty chuffed that we saw a wild moose in the forest. We disturbed it and could hear it crashing through the undergrowth about 20 metres from us. No chance of a photo, and only a glimpse of a big brown animal.
He was also most pleased we found a dipper bird, that is quite special in that it feeds only in the water, swims under the water and has a commitment to foraging that is amazing given the cold river water.
On the way back we saw an older white male driver expressing his opinion. I thought it wise to not take a picture of him.
After a bit of a rest and lunch, we headed east to another hike up a canyon – Kootenai Creek.
A very pleasant day indeed.