Saturday, July 3, 2010

Athabasca's Shores

Lisa discovered a nice secluded spot along the river bank which I have a feeling will become a nice spot to have many a summer campfire with the family in the future. If it wasn't for the fact that its right behind the water intake plant for the city, I'm sure this area would be full of million-dollar homes by now (or at least what passes for million-dollar homes here.)

I was able to get down there with a camera late last week. A few pictures didn't turn out as I forgot to wipe off Elijah's fingerprints off the camera lens after playing peek-a-boo with the camera but after I got the lens cleaned up I managed a few decent shots. Here are the best of the bunch.

You can see these bluffs as you head back over the river on the bridge and Lisa was able to get a nice unobstructed view.

The Horse River feeds into the Athabasca just south of the bridge. A little hard to see from this vantage point. We know there are some nice trails that cut through the valley over there just waiting for us to explore them....and we plan to do that just as soon as we figure out how to get to them since we didn't have our map with us on this particular day.

The rapids aren't nearly as ferocious as ones I've seen on other northern rivers but we still like them all the same.

A nice little cut line across the river, keeping us safe from forest fires. While there are a lot of tinder dry areas and fire bans aplenty, its fortunately been a quiet forest fire season so far in the area.

A view upstream. There's a golf course a little further up the bank and then miles and miles of wilderness after that.

Looking back down river to the north with the Horse River valley and our dusty mini-van in the background.

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