Archive for August, 2008

Elk hunt update

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

We leave today for our elk hunt, which I posted about previously.  The groceries have been purchased, most of the equipment is ready to load on the truck or trailer, and I’m just hoping that I won’t forget something really important, such as my rifle or my elk tag.   We decided to set up camp today instead of tomorrow, for fear that another group might beat us to our selected camping location.  It will be nice to have a full day tomorrow for scouting.

I have been worrying a bit that if the weather is too warm the elk won’t be getting into the rut, and thus won’t respond to our calls.  However the 5-day forecast looks fairly normal for this time of year, unlike our hunt of 2000 in Greenwater, when every day was blazing hot and we heard hardly any bugles.  Showers are predicted for mid-week, which is OK as long as the rain doesn’t sock in for too long.  The nights are predicted to be fairly cool (getting down to 3 C).  A bit of frost would really get the elk in the mood for love.

I’m fairly optimistic about our chances of success on this hunt, but we’ve been skunked before.  I’ll try to provide an update next weekend, before I depart again (for the fall WESBOGY meeting at Slave Lake, Alberta).

Vacation report – kind of

Monday, August 25th, 2008

It’s been over a week since we returned to P.A. from our vacation, and I’ve just not been motivated to blog about anything.

I plan to put together a picture gallery from our week at the lake, and will link to it when done.

Meanwhile, for now I’ll just say that it was hard to give up the cabin and return to work.

Here is a pic from the front (lakeside) deck of the cabin.

Phil and his girls at Pigeon Lake, August 2008

Off to the lake

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Once again we have the use of a friend’s lakeside cabin at Pigeon Lake for a week. We’ll depart early tomorrow, returning a week later.

Luke and Gerard need to work, so they’ll be keeping the house in tip-top shape while Janet, the girls and I are away.

I won’t be blogging while away, so things will be quiet around this space for the next week and a bit.

They’ll know we are Christians by our hate?

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Last Sunday the worship service at Gateway Covenant Church was led by our youth, and they did a song that I remember friom the 1970s but don’t remember singing in many years, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” It’s a simple anthem, but I believe it is biblically sound.

By contrast, today I read this news story about a group that calls themselves Christian but spreads hatred, who plan to come into Canada specifically to picket at the funeral of the Greyhound murder victim. This is the same group that protests at funerals of gays in the U.S. holding placards reading “God Hates Fags.”

Apparently they plan to inform Canadians that the murder victim was singled out by God as judgement for Canada’s sins as a nation.

What kind of twisted logic can connect the senseless murder of a passenger sleeping on a Greyhound bus with the judgement of God on our country? Are they saying that the murderer was doing God’s bidding?

Kudos to Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day for taking swift action to stop these people at the border before they do more harm to the reputation of followers of Jesus.

Cute moose

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

I do try to practise moderation when it comes to posting time-wasting videos, but this 4-minute clip of twin calf moose playing in a backyard sprinkler, while mama moose looks on indulgently, was just so over-the-top cute that I couldn’t resist.

(I think the singer is Alison Krause)

The Fire Preventin’ Bear

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

I have had a fondness for the song “Smokey The Bear” ever since the surreal experience of hearing three of my forestry professors (Peter Murphy, Jack Heidt and Paul Woodard) sing it at an informal talent show event at the University of Alberta back in the early 1980s.

I realize that Smokey Bear doesn’t have a middle name, but to me he will always be The Bear.


Monday, August 4th, 2008

Janet, the girls, Gerard and I took advantage of the holiday Monday, combined with the fact that it’s the start of two weeks of vacation leave for me, to drive to Saskatoon. A few hours wandering down Broadway Avenue, taking in some of the sights and sounds of the Fringe Theatre Festival – no paid admission events, but some street performers, buskers, and cool stuff for sale.

Street Performers at Fringe 2008

(click the above photo for a handful of photos – Gerard didn’t make it into any of them)

We had a fine supper at Earls, then hit the road back to P.A.

A nice relaxing day.