Of course July always starts with a bang around these parts. The first day of July the whole country gets put on hold so that they can celebrate Miss Ella's birthday. It is a national holiday and across the country there are parades and fireworks to mark the day.
|Ella, her cousin, and Grandma's Ice Cream Sandwich Cake|
Once we got over celebrating Ella's day we were busy getting packed up to head out with our ponies. We had made plans to meet Ken and Verna Pohl out near the South Ram River along Hummingbird Creek. Ken and Verna were bringing along some friends of theirs Bev Schrader and Vic Lamond. We got setup in a pretty spot along the banks of Hummingbird Creek
|The view from our campsite|
|The lower cascade of what I am calling Upper South Ram Falls|
|And here is a picture of Brenda and I at the Upper Cascade|
|Here is a shot from a couple of years ago of the lower Ram Falls|
|An overlook high above the Ram looking to the West|
|Making our way upstream R to L; Ken, Verna, Brenda and Vic|
Saturday we just did a short ride up Hummingbird Creek to a new Trappers cabin and back, Brenda sat that ride out to rest her knee so I ponied Wink along behind Blue, most of the time anyway.
Then Sunday we headed into the high country. Ken led us on a beautiful ride that just got better and better the higher it went. We were destined for a place called Monument or College Heights. The monument part I figured out as there were numerous monuments and even a couple of memorials to riders who have gone on ahead to scout the trails in the sky, but why it is also called College Heights escaped me. Maybe just because when you are up there you can see forever and it could be a place of "higher" learning. Sure was a great place to get the lay of the land from.
|Here the group is taking a break as we broke out at treeline, typically ~6500 feet in Alberta.|
|Shrubby cinquefoil, thanks Sandy|
|A Panorama from the top|
|Brenda and Verna at the top|
|Brenda on top of the world.|
|Bev and Vic at the top|
|Ken and Beauty along with Penny playing in the snow|
|Verna and Ben|
|Heading down the hill|
|Here we are crossing the Hummingbird coming back into camp. Our rigs are visible in the background.|
Although generally we had good weather we did get a few opportunities to try out our slickers from time to time. In this country, unlike Arizona, you sure don't leave them in the trailer.
|Getting the fire going with my F&BS|
|Brenda and her "posse"|
A Google map below for those who are really curious about where we have been riding, but keep it a secret we don't want the hills full of people.
|Hummingbird Rides and some Points of interest.|