Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
Trip End Sep 10, 2009

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Pierre Grey's Lakes Provincial Park

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tuesday, July 7 - Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada

There isn't too much I’m afraid of unless it has eight legs. That’s a good thing when it’s 4:00 in the morning and Art yells, "The kids have a live mouse!  Gracie has it in her mouth and I can’t get it away from her!"

For several hours we had heard the cats romping from one end of the motorhome to the other.  I was happy that they were feeling at home enough to play like they normally do.   Art heard some growling and thought he’d better investigate.   That’s when he found the live toy.

It’s a little strange seeing our fluffy, chubby, docile puffball of a cat in the predator mode with a mouse’s tail dangling from her lips.

Well, Art was able to get her to drop the little squeak, but it scurried under the slideout before he could grab it.  Unless it shows its beady little eyes again so we can nab it and bid it farewell, we have a vagabond passenger.

We left the Icefield around 7:30 a.m. and headed to Pierre Grey’s Lake Provincial Park in Grande Cache, AB.  It was rainy and foggy with patches of clouds hanging low in the mountains.

During our journey, we got to see several elk and a couple of curly horned sheep.  We have yet to see a bear, although some in our party have.  We’ve certainly been warned plenty about the bears through signs and pamphlets that the campgrounds disperse.

Our site at Pierre Grey’s is deep in the woods and there is a nice lake here.  It’s too bad it is still raining, dark, and miserable.  Everyone must be hibernating in their campers because I see no life.  Not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse.

Local Info

Escape into a land of sparkling lakes, rushing rivers, green valleys, and windswept peaks. Nestled on a mountain plateau at 4200 ft., Grande Cache is 130 mi. northwest of Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Bighorn Highway 40 provides a paved corridor connecting Hinton, Alberta with Mile Zero of the Alaskan Highway at Dawson Creek, British Columbia. This is the shortest, most scenic route to Alaska from the United States.

Grande Cache is the Gateway to Willmore Wilderness Park, Alberta’s greatest mountain treasure. Willmore Wilderness Park has an abundance of trails, big game, alpine flowers, and spectacular waterways. To protect its natural splendor, no motorized vehicles are permitted; visitors can access the park by horseback or on foot.

Outside the park, Grande Cache offers outdoor adventures with endless trails for motorized activities that include 4WD, all-terrain vehicles, and snowmachines. Fishing, golfing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities await all visitors.
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