Sunday, 14 August 2016

Holiday - Horseback Adventure

Block Mountain
We are home from our 5 day backcountry riding adventure. Spent 5 days riding in Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada) with Banff Trail Rides. My husband and I are experienced riders - we have our own horse and 2 saddle mules - but we did not use them on this ride. Our group was 7 in number plus our guide. We rode to three base camps over the 5 days. No electricity (yay! - ie. no phones, computers, etc), sleeping in canvas wall tents, no running water - although we were able to have a brief shower with water pumped from one of the rivers and heated. Our personal gear was transported to the different camps using pack mules. We did not have to cook - thank goodness and the food was excellent. Our weather ranged from pouring rain to sun, but with proper gear we were able to ride comfortably. I would have loved to have had a couple more days, but all good things must come to an end. So much inspiration for painting - where to start! We are already planning our backcountry trip for next year!

On the trail
to Flint's Park camp
Mountain stream

Flint's Park
Rainbow Lake
Elevation ~7,400'

Flint's Park Campsite
Mount Brewster in background
Our guide with mules and
spare horse

One of our 'baggage handlers'

Rest stop
40 Mile Pass

Mountain meadow view

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