Monday, May 18

Exploring Prince Albert National Park

It is my birthday tomorrow (Happy Victoria Day by the way) but yesterday Dad, Mom, Oliver and I drove to Prince Albert National Park to do a day of hiking and photographs.

Dad and Mom gave me an imitation MSR Pocket Rocket stove, a fuel canister, and a mess kit.  

Imitation MSR Pocket Rocket Stove

The stuff should last me for years. It is really cool.  I will use it on our hike to Grey Owl’s Cabin in June.

The mess kit has a bowl, frying pan, and a pot to cook things in. It also has one of those cheap cups that I won’t bring with me (I’ll have my travel mug). It was a cool early birthday gift.

After that I packed up my camera gear (I took my Pentax K-x, my 70-210mm and 35mm lenses) and got into the car where we drove to Prince Albert and then Waskesiu. From there we drove to the Narrows, descended down a lot of stairs (while realizing that what goes down must also climb back up) and explored the Narrows Trail for a couple of kilometres. As Mom tweeted last night, we did hear a black bear in the trees but we mostly saw and talked to a lot of other hikers who were all having a good time.

After that we drove to the Waskesiu River trail where we walked the boardwalk and then walked for a couple of kilometres back to the trailhead. Oliver was exhausted by that time so we went back into Waskesiu, got some food, checked out Outer Limits, got some ice cream, and headed back home.

We wanted to hike the Mud Creek Trail but Oliver was tired and I don’t think it would have been any fun for him if we made him go on a “forced hike”. Plus, the trails took a toll on his body. We were 5 minutes into the Narrows trail when he fell hard the first time. He fell about 10 other times yesterday but never cried once. It was so funny because at one point he walked down a steep hill and goes to himself, “nailed it!” when he didn’t fall.

Oliver wasn’t the only one that was tired. I was tired enough that I fell asleep on the drive home until I felt Oliver giving me a “wet willy”. I wasn’t impressed in part because I think that wet willy may have been sanctioned from those in the front seat.

Not sure what the rest of my plans are for today but tomorrow I hope to play some disc golf (with mom’s discs) with Dad.