Off the Beaten Path
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Interest: Hiking, Backpacking, Skiing, Space History
Hiked up to Bourgeau Lake yesterday with a group. A little bit muddy in a few places (specifically next to the new bridge and up in the meadow). Saw a momma grizzly with two yearlings (they were a ways off up the valley wall, but momma was being vocal so we moved along). A bit of rain on the way up, but things were beautiful at the lake and mostly sunny on the way down.
Got to see the difference between responsible and irresponsible dog owners up close. One couple came up with their two dogs, friendly, well behaved, and on leash. Once they got to the lake they moved away from the other folks having lunch to let them play. Overall a great example of considerate dog owners where everyone had a good time. On the way down we came across the second group, music blaring, puffing away on cigarettes, both dogs off leash, running around snapping at each other (almost pushing one of our group off the trail), and bristled when we suggested that they put them on leashes (not only because a: it's illegal, but b: due to the Grizzly bears up the trail). Got all pissed off that "everyone" was telling them what to do (apparently we weren't the first to suggest they leash up) and that we should all mind our own business.