2012-08-03 (Hike) Sage Creek
Join Lorne Fitch as he leads your group in and out of coulees and creeks under the dome of the endless prairie skies of southeastern Alberta
There are still a few places in Alberta where you can walk yourself to death. We won't of course, but the Sage Creek area of south-eastern Alberta has an impressive scale and feel of big, wide prairie.
We will investigate part of the Sage Creek watershed, but bring water because we won't find much. As we climb in and out of some of the creeks and coulees the sense of flat, featureless grassland will be dispelled. The mule deer will bounce ahead of us and one might ponder where they get their water from. It will be a chance to talk about grazing management, and access management of this big piece of country.
Hidden in the Sage Creek val-ley are the abandoned build-ings of the old Cross Z Ranch, part of another era in the ranch-ing history of the plains. We can sit in the shade and con-sider what overwintering in this spot, so far from anything must have felt like.
We may even linger long enough to see a sunset over the Sweetgrass Hills, across the Medicine Line, in Montana.
$20 AWA members, $25 non-members
August 3, 2012
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