As most of you know, San and me usually go hiking on weekends and yesterday our goal was a trail we've never been before, High Falls Creek near Squamish. The weather forecast was predicting a nice and sunny day, with a little clouds and temperatures up to 20C.
Well, weather seems not to see that web site 😛
This trail is strenuous, especially at the beginning, and not recommended for rainy days. There was a warning on its web site about records of people loosing their lives, so we decided to change plan and leave it for couple of weeks.
Instead, we decided to spend a day in Squamish and Whistler area, walking around few lakes and go to places we went a year ago. Well, the weather was the same like in June 2012.
First we went to Alice and Cat lakes, few kilometers between them but nothing really interesting there.
With easy access, Alice lake is very popular among families with kids while the Cat Lake is visited by party youngsters :drunk: – all of it the reasons why we will never go there camping 😛 But on Cat Lake we saw a lot of food caches (for those of you who doesn't know, food cache is saving both you and your food from bears) and this is what gave me the idea. I remember last year, when we went to Whistler in June, there were a lot of traces of bears in the area, especially in Callaghan Valley. So I said to San it might be a good idea to check it again, the weather was perfect (rainy, therefore no too many people outside) and we might actually see them.
It took us about half an hour to get there and after less than ten minutes of slow driving we saw a bear.
This one was about 10-12m from us, paying no attention at all (of course, we stayed in car :left: ). As I said on FB, it is nice to see it having its natural diet and not hanging on garbage. Whistler Village is close and we saw some bears in its neighbourhood in a broad day light. After spending some time making photos and a video we decided to go further, into some logging roads but with not much success.
On a way back, just beside the road, we saw another one 😀
Slightly bigger than the previous one, this bear was not too tolerant to human presence and disappeared in bush in about half of a minute after we stopped. I made only three photos :left:
A kilometer later we saw a coyote running across the road and even though it stopped to look at us, it ran away the moment I raised my camera :awww: It was a big coyote, though.
We had a lunch at the banks of Alpha lake in Whistler Village where we saw this cute appearing 😀
more photos here;