JULY 21-22 BACKPACK RIDING MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

Shelley, Di and Scotty backpacked into Whitewater camp site.  This was Shelleys second backpack in the park.  The initial plan was to go into Kinnis creek - but the trail had been washed out!  Plan B was to go into Long Lake - but there was a 'high water caution' on the creek crossing, so plan C was Whitewater water camp site.  There was obviously something going on, as the parking lot at the North Bison Enclosure was full - only one spot left to park!  It was a really lovely 10 km hike in.  We stopped at the junction of Long Lake for a drink.  A guy was coming out of that trail only to see Scotty and not us - he sure had a shock - he thought he was face to face with a wolf!  We were then passed by two beautiful horse and carts with about 20 people on board.  There had been a POW (Prisoner of War) convention at Whitewater camp site - at least we knew we had the place to our selves now!  When we arrived at our camp site, two bikers informed us that a brown bear had just passed through.  This was a little alarming as I had just been explaining to Shelley the difference between brown and black bears - so hearing that there was a brown bear in the camp was not funny!  I reassured her that there are only black bears in the park, and that it would have been a brown, black bear.  We also had a moose stomping and huffing in the bush - what more could you ask for?  For supper I had taken a sweet potato to make sweet potato fries - learned from Andree on a previous camp.  Now Shelley found a frying pan hanging on a tree, as you do of course - how convenient!  Later on, we were rewarded by the most beautiful full moon - which just got better as the evening went on!  Our hike out started well.  The last 3 km, however, was in torrential rain and thunder.  I guess it couldn't all be perfect, could it?!        Di Ingram

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