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Old 08-27-2014, 01:39 AM   #1
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September (almost)!!

The heat's almost done, the crowd's almost gone; heading out tomorrow, camping season's on...
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:47 AM   #2
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Yup, we are heading out Sept 14th--love camping this time of year.

I think someone from here is from Smithers--are we foolish to go up to Stewart at this time of year hoping to see wildlife?
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We're off on Thursday for 5 weeks. Other then traveling on the holiday it's best time of the year.
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We are also off this weekend for a week. However, this time we are doing a week of wilderness paddling/camping in the mountains in tents and hammocks rather than in the Escape. Hoping for warmer than freezing temperatures and dryer than wet weather. Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
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We are also off this weekend for a week. However, this time we are doing a week of wilderness paddling/camping in the mountains in tents and hammocks rather than in the Escape. Hoping for warmer than freezing temperatures and dryer than wet weather. Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.
Where you headed, Dave?

In two weeks from this weekend we are doing a 5 day (4 night) canoe trip on Maligne Lake, which I am really looking forward too, one of the most beautiful places I have seen, especially once you get past Spirit Island, which is as far as the tour boats go, then no more boats with motors.

I don't worry too much about weather, we have fun and keep dry regardless.

I would give up staying in my Escape for an opportunity like this in a heart beat.

This coming weekend, we are taking the trailer out for 3 nights, but have to rush back Monday afternoon to watch the Stamps kick the crap out of the Eskimos.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:42 AM   #6
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Where you headed, Dave?
A few friends and I are heading out Friday to paddle the Bowron Lake circuit. First time there for us, so we are hoping for nice clear views and reasonable weather.

We were in your neck of the woods last weekend. Paddled part of the upper Red Deer River just east of the Mountainaire Lodge. Wow, couldn't believe how much the river had changed due to the 2013 flooding.

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...In two weeks from this weekend we are doing a 5 day (4 night) canoe trip on Maligne Lake, which I am really looking forward too, one of the most beautiful places I have seen, especially once you get past Spirit Island, which is as far as the tour boats go, then no more boats with motors....
Maligne Lake is really nice. You should have a blast (hope the wind stays down for you). Have been to Maligne Lake numerous times, but never any over nighters on the lake. That is another of many many trips on my "to do" list. So many things to do and so little time.
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A few friends and I are heading out Friday to paddle the Bowron Lake circuit. First time there for us, so we are hoping for nice clear views and reasonable weather.

We were in your neck of the woods last weekend. Paddled part of the upper Red Deer River just east of the Mountainaire Lodge. Wow, couldn't believe how much the river had changed due to the 2013 flooding.
That is a route I would love to do again (in a canoe, not skis this time). How long are you going for? We went in mid-September. Glorious sun and 25° the first day, then rain all the next day, and then a mix of rain and sun the rest of the trip. Typically September is not supposed to be very wet though.

Our rec land is NW of Sundre on the James River (I think I had mentioned this, darn this getting old thing), which (as you likely know) flows into the Red Deer River, and the 2005 floods changed the river course drastically, and then in 2013 more yet (but not as bad). We lost a few acres of land and trees to those floods. That stretch you paddled last weekend used to be WAY wilder before 2005, and certainly has changed a lot. I have not paddled it since 2013.
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That is a route I would love to do again (in a canoe, not skis this time). How long are you going for? We went in mid-September. Glorious sun and 25° the first day, then rain all the next day, and then a mix of rain and sun the rest of the trip. Typically September is not supposed to be very wet though...
We are driving out on Friday (about 1000 km to get there) and then paddle from Sat to the following Thursday, and driving back on the Friday. Our schedule is fairly flexible, so if weather is poor we may paddle harder and finish up sooner. If weather is great, we have opportunity to take our time and stretch things out a bit if we choose.
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We took it easy, paddling an average of 4-5 hrs per day, with 2 nights at Unna Lake, and were on the circuit for 8 days. Would love to take more time. Your schedule is very doable. I like to be paddling when it is raining, rather than sitting around in it.

I am jealous.
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Just got back from a week at long beach WA. Took the horses we had great weather. Fished out by Disappointment caught two silvers very nice camp ground will have to try it next year !
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