Bow River Hike – ELK


Old Miners Cabin

            This 3-mile hike Bow River hike started in town and ended in an open field with old abandoned miners equipment and houses in the distance.  The field is a favorite place for the elk to access the river and to bed down in relative safety for the night.  We saw no wildlife as we headed back to town, but there were droppings and crushed grass everywhere. 

“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalms 42: 1-2 NIV

            It was a slight movement of the trees on the distant shore that caught me eye.  The head was perfectly camouflaged in the fading light at the edge of the trees that line the river.  Slowly two elk emerged to wade across the low river and have a drink before finding night shelter.  It looked like a mama and an older teenager together. 

            The picture looks like an imaginary painting of mountain, river, tree and wildlife perfection and will forever stay in my mind as the best of Canada. 


What is a moment to remember that includes wild animals? How do we coexist with wildlife?         

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