Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's just criminal!

As we're driving passed "The Toad and Turtle" today, Thanan remarks, "Oh cool. The Toad and Turtle. I didn't know we had one of those here. What is it anyway?"

So I responded with, "It's a restaurant and bar." And then I thought about it for a minute and changed my answer to "It's actually a restaurant and lounge." Naturally, he questioned what a bar was and what a lounge was, so that he could understand the difference.

I thought the simplest way of explaining this was that a bar serves only alcohol and a lounge also has a menu and serves food.

So then he says, "Well who on earth would want to go into a BAR! Like sheeeesh!! Who would ever DO that? Only maybe if you're a criminal or something! Like, honestly!!"

Inside I laughed a whole bunch, but I stopped myself short of making it audible because my brain went "Wait, Jules.. it's a good thing that he thinks bars are bad.. you should go with that and maybe you'll shape him for the future..."

So instead of correcting his remark, this time all I said was "Exactly."

I wonder what he'll think of this blog post when he turns into a young adult/college-going-buffoon and spends his weekends at the bar (God Forbid).

Jules :Ofunnymoments)

Friday, August 23, 2013

the art of copulation...

Well this is a first! Today while at a playground with Thanan, I was laying on my picnic blanket observing my surrounding (and of course my son) and something flying caught my eye. It caught my eye because it was an odd shape and seemed to be flying in an erratic way.

Just as I caught focus on the flying thing, I realized it was not 1, but 2 flies who had literally slammed into each other in mid flight, one was belly down, the other was underneath it and was belly up and they were copulating! They were flying without making sense of any sort of flight pattern at all, as they were connected by their posterior sex organs and the male was depositing it's sperm into the female's spermatheca (that has a nice ring to it, better than vagina). The female controlled the flight for several minutes and then suddenly brought them both down into the sandbox sand. From there, while the male was still making it's deposit, she triumphantly dug a hole in the sand and they both slipped into it, not to be seen again.

Here's a doodle for you that I just quickly did, to enable you to grasp the image better
(colors and size not totally representative of actual flies). 

It was completely fascinating. I couldn't take my eyes off it. Better than watching dragonflies mate, though I have to give credit to the totally flexible male dragonfly. 

Facts about copulating flies: 
  • Female flies are monogamous because they only mate once in their life span.
  • Females can lay their eggs in several batches of up to 150 eggs at a time, sometimes reaching up to 1000 eggs in her egg laying period. 
  • She will begin laying her batches of eggs within 3 or 4 days of copulation.
  • Flies take 12 hours to become pupae (which resembles tiny maggots) and are fully developed within 5 or 6 days.
  • Newly hatched flies have their procreation junk fully developed and can begin reproducing immediately, no waiting for the penis to grow or balls to drop. 

Jules :Obzzz)

It's all ok...

Well this is an unusual first, but it does explain why so many people who search for thyroidectomy scars happen to come to my blog..

This site devoted a little section to my blog post about when I took my bandages off for the first time after surgery. I'm sure this is a good thing, and can't be taken in any negative sort of way, right? To see the info scroll down to "Brand-new Thyroidectomy Scar".

I do hope to help people overcome their fears. I hope they stick around to see that I had no reason to be fearful about my initial scar because now you can't even really tell it's there.

Jules :O)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

And the conclusion...

Well, all good things come to an end, they say. Our last morning at Mosquito Creek Campground, the kids were frisky and raced each other to my coffee cup. They were in a good mood, but I was starting to get sad, knowing we'd be packing up after breakfast. It was a great campground to stay at and the location was also great. I'll be looking forward to camping there again sometime. 

Our last destination was McLeod Meadows, back in the Kootenay. It was good to get the trailer back to somewhere closer to the border, so that Thor didn't have such a long drive back to the States the next afternoon. On the way, we stopped to take a few photos. Here's one of the really cool wildflowers I was in love with this trip. I think I mentioned before, they start as little yellow flowers, then turn into these pointy silky elf hats, then they turn into almost a seeded dandelion type of fluff ball. I loved them, but have no idea what they are.

Camping at McLeod Meadows is fantastic because you are in a fairly large campground that I'm sure is hardly ever over populated, have mountains all around you, deeply forested, close to a river (Kootenay River I think), and it is just a short 15 minute drive into Radium Hot Springs. So we set up camp, and decided to treat ourselves to some yums from Safta's Kitchen. Our favorite is the falafel wrap (loaded) with either a side of couscous (pictured below) or what they refer to as their traditional salad on their Israeli menu. They use the good cow feta, too.. not the revolting goat feta, so I can eat anything there and love it. 

After Safta's, we enjoyed the hot springs and got cleaned all up and then headed back to camp for an evening that might have been the best one, including some humor, some togetherness, some singing and playing of guitar, a little bit of beer, and a delicious meal. If there's one thing Thor and I rock at, it's making the most of our time together. This particular campsite was small and we had to get in there just so with all of our stuff, but we did it. It is a much more natural campsite, and not particularly well maintained, with some overgrown sites, but still plenty good enough with plumbed bathrooms (toilet and sinks, not showers). And the setting is lovely. It was hardly buggy too, which was really nice. Though after I got home and looked at myself after my shower I counted a dozen mosquito bites on my buttocks and have no idea when they got there. I certainly didn't feel overly itchy on my bum on the vacation. This might be a downside to wearing yoga pants and tight thin jeans while camping. Must wear thicker material that's not so clingy, I guess. 

Thor made the most delicious meatless tacos I've ever eaten. They were spicy, and really yummy. He's really quite a good cook and never gives himself enough credit (remember me raving about his homemade pizza on last year's camping trip?). When my girlfriend saw this photo, she started to drool and asked me if I could make them for her sometime. I hesitantly said "I think so....", but I'm not overly sure I could. I'm drooling again.

Well, the next morning we packed up camp had a cry as it was time to part ways. It was just such an amazing week together and I didn't want to say goodbye. I never want to say goodbye, and in our 3 years of doing so, it has never gotten any easier whether we're together for 24 hours or a week. Perhaps someday soon, we won't have to say goodbye anymore. Instead we'll say "My love, Hello... let our love stay." (A lyric to a song I wrote on the first day of this vacation for the tenor guitar).

Until next year.
Hope you've enjoyed being on vacation with me.
Back to my regular random blogging, to commence soon.

Jules :Oawesomeness)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Doing Banff

 If you're going to go to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, there are just certain places you have to go see. Banff is on the list, but be forewarned, because it is so well know, it's THE busiest place for tourism. There are a few main attraction there, and then there are lots of areas to go walking and explore. You can even go on a horseback tour, or take the gondola up to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a view that's really beautiful (or hike up it, if you're feeling particularly energetic). Our first stop was Bow Falls. I like this photo of it because it's not quite the normal photo people take there. Plus, I like this tree, standing in solitude, but totally surrounded by beauty. It looks like a very content tree.

If you walk across the Spray River bridge, you arrive at a spot that's popular for rafters to depart from and if you just walk beyond and ignore the sign that says the bike path is for golf carts only and not to walk there, you arrive at this little spot that is usually perfect and secluded and a nice spot to take in the convergence of the Bow and Spray Rivers. This year, however, it was totally over run by mosquitoes due to the flood water aftermath that happened in June. We didn't stay long and chose to partake in indoor activities after this.

We went inside the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This was the first time I'd ever been in there, but I've seen it countless times. Much like the one at Lake Louise. I prefer the Lake Louise one. We toured the hotel and stopped in many shops. Mountain Galleries at The Fairmont Banff Springs displays Canadian Fine Art and is where we spent some time talking to a lovely lady about the artist on display there. Glass art, paintings, prints, and bronze sculptures filled the gallery. I loved this one, which was about 2.5 feet high and a fortune to buy. I would not buy this piece, but I did like it. There was a smaller one there that I might have bought if I was the type of person who had oodles of spendable income.

Here's the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel  from a little sitting point just down the block from it. If you sit here, you'd better not be afraid of Ground Squirrels (or we call them groundhogs up where I'm from). There's a large group of them and they aren't afraid to come right up to you.

See! They literally walk on your feet and beg for food. They are totally tame and probably make a good living from getting in your space.

When you're done doing the big touristy things, take some time to walk across the main bridge and explore the countless tourist shops that line main street. If you have even more time, explore the streets branching off main street. There are some good places to eat that are way more reasonably priced than those along main street, lots more shops and fewer tourists. We grabbed a totally delicious burger at a place called The Eddie. I recommend going there. It was really tasty. When we were finished eating, we decided to take in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. For some reason, it smelled more sulfur-y than I remembered it being. Maybe it was something to do with the flood. Not sure. It's hotter than the ones at Radium or Fairmont, and on the small side. Not my favorite hot spring, but still nice. After Banff, we headed back for a nice evening of singing and playing our instruments at Mosquito Creek Campground, our last night there before heading back into Kootenay National Park.

Jules :O)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

An active day...

Just a friendly reminder (because I think some of these photos I've been posting are quite good), all of my photos belong strictly to me and are copyrighted. This means you may not take them. Okie dokie?

This was the beginning of our big hike/kayak day. We started off with good intentions of hiking in the morning and kayaking in the late afternoon, but it ended up being so cozy with our coffee and our breakfast in the trailer in the morning that we didn't even set out until noon. One of the best things about holidays is the lack of any type of pressure to be anywhere at a certain time, right? So the plan was to hike to Bow Glacier Falls (not to be confused with Bow Falls in Banff). The lady in the Lodge's coffee shop said it would take about an hour to get there. It ended up being a beautiful day, a wonderful hike, and took about 1.5 hours to get there. Maybe we were walking slow, or stopping lots for photos, but again, there were no time constraints. The only thing I didn't like were the amount of flies and bitey-flies. If you're going to hike here, bug spray helps, and wear proper running or hiking shoes. The later 30 minutes of this hike is walking across very uneven rocky ground, so wearing sandals isn't really a good idea. Here we are along side Bow Lake, not far into our hike. The falls can be seen in the middle-left side of the photo. 

This photo is quite accurate as far as the color of Bow Lake. It's really quite beautiful. Along the hiking trail at this point, the water dropped off very quickly. I have no idea how deep the lake is, but it beckoned Thor to dive in. He didn't though.. but it was tempting.

This happy toad (or frog?) had the perfect habitat and it showed. I almost stepped on him, but Thor pointed him out to me. The amount of flies and bugs here would be more than enough to sustain this fellow. He was about as big as one of my hands, though I didn't pick him up. I think he's cool looking.

About half way to the falls, you have to start this somewhat breathy little stair climb where the stairs were huge and uneven and difficult to traverse. But once you are at the top of them, you get a much better view of your goal. Be careful not to fall when you are walking on this dusty and somewhat slippery dirt, like I did. Thankfully, I stopped sliding and didn't fall into the canyon on the left side. From here, it looks like the falls are the top of that mountain, but there's a lot more to it hidden just beyond sight.

Finally we made it to Bow Glacier Falls. Off in the distant distance, is Bow Lake and a small horizontal tan line. That's where we started from. It's actually quite a hike. I'm not sure if it's because of my synthroid or what, but I don't have the stamina I've had in previous years.. which sounds weird considering I had cancer then and don't now. But the meds need to be right, and I don't think they are yet. Anyway, round trip this took us 4 hours. I was dog tired when we were just about back at the Lodge.. dog tired.

But being at the base of the falls was so worth the hike. I do totally recommend making a day of it. The mist off the falls is refreshing and even though there are other hikers, you don't ever get the sense that it's over populated. Everyone is smiling and happy, and really enjoying their accomplishment. This whole mountain wall has several falls all around coming out of it. I counted 5. You can see 3 here. The big one looks dwarfed in this photo.. which is why I took the photo coming up...

I think this might be my best photo of the trip, actually. I thought the kissing chipmunks might have been, but this one I just love. You can totally see the power and size of the falls here. This girl was really putting herself at risk, and would have had to get across slippery wet rocks in order to sit here. I hope she stayed safe.

We got back to the Lodge and I bought a coffee.. a much much needed one, and then Thor and I went to the picnic area of Bow Lake, where we could sit and dip our feet in the water as we ate our sandwiches, before launching the kayaks. For a while I didn't think I'd have enough steam to kayak, but it was totally the right way to end the day. We kayaked for over an hour and then when we went to shore, we decided to change into our swimsuits and jump in. It was incredibly cold for swimming in, but I managed to submerge myself and then it was ok. I had to be greatly encouraged to dunk myself though.. Thor was great as he chanted "Do it, do it, do it!!" until I actually did it. He snapped a pic of me standing with my towel after my dunk. Imagine, the deep alpine forest and crystal clear glacial lake smells, the blue skies and emerald waters, the sounds of the birds chirping at the water's edge and the slosh of the paddles moving through the water, the feeling of the slight breeze on your skin and the sun when it wasn't hiding behind a cloud. Peacefulness and contentment.

Banff touristy stuff was next on the agenda...

Jules :O)

Thursday, August 08, 2013

On the road again...

After finding our awesome spot at Mosquito Creek Campground, we started planning the next few days. We decided to make that home base and do day trips from there, since it was such an excellent site. It was time to be "touristy" and go take in the scenic views of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. But first was Lake Louise, because I desperately needed to find a plug in to recharge my camera battery!! Here's the iconic view when you first lay eyes on Lake Louise, crossing the bridge on the way up to the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel. Everyone who comes to the mountains in Alberta goes to Lake Louise, I'm sure of it. It's a very multicultural experience, totally exciting to people watch there and listen to different languages all around you. I complimented a lady on a ring she was wearing with a large turquoise semi precious stone in it and she didn't have a clue what I said, except for the word turquoise, which she paraphrased back to me and then we nodded our heads and smiled and I repeated "nice turquoise.. nice..". She got the point. Who says language has to be a barrier? Lake Louise is an excellent place to test your "being sociable" and "overcoming barriers" skills, should you be so inclined. :)  

So first stop was wandering around the inside of the hotel after we located plug-ins to charge our camera batteries. Thor and I made out like we belonged there, sitting in the mezzanine area for 30 minutes or so, relaxing and reading the paper, and then deciding nobody would steal my battery (which was taking forever to charge) so then we wandered down on the main floor and looked through the art gallery and some other shops. Here's the awesome carpet, looking down into the lobby. You can't appreciate it from that level, you have to see it from above. Grand. The guy who works in the art gallery there is a wonderful work of art, himself. A larger gentleman, with a very memorable appearance and a happy go lucky attitude. He talked our ears off and cracked jokes. Entertaining... though I thought we'd never be allowed to leave. There's some nice art in there, if you're into art.. go have a look. And even if you're not, go have a look just to meet the memorable man who works there. You'll know him when you see him. I hope he always works there.. he's almost an attraction in and of himself.

We went back outside and toured the immediate area, looking at the lake, mountains and glacier from different angles and viewpoints. Found a nice platform thing to sit on and dip our feet in the water. The lake was warm, compared to the running water streams I'd dipped into. You can canoe and swim in this lake, and lots of people do canoe, but not too many take a dip there. I really love fireweed.. it's the tall pinky purple flowering plant that grows throughout the mountainscapes. I think I already talked about it though, so I'll move on.

It might be a bit cheesy, but you have to get your photo taken with the glacier in the background when you go here, right?? Yes. So a nice couple from Utah came about as we were trying to accomplish this and offered to take our photo for us if we'd do the same for them.  I was afraid the man was going to fall on the rocks, but he was ok. Excuse my hat. This is the product of camping without access to an easy way to wash my hair. I thought it was fine when I left camp that morning but by noon it was greasy and gross. This was the only way to deal with it at that moment in time. I'm wearing my West Glacier hat from last summer though, so that gives me some "cool points" back.

Please please do yourself a favor and don't leave the Lake Louise area without going to see Moraine Lake first!! It's about a half hour drive up the mountain, but the road's good and there actually is adequate parking. I say this because all my life I overlooked it until this trip and I was totally bowled over with its beauty when I saw it. The color of the water is unlike any other mountain lake I've ever seen. Totally unique and even my photos didn't quite capture it. It's breathtaking there, with the 10 Peaks Mountains in the backdrop and the gorgeous lake coloring the basin like a precious jewel. I think it's probably the most magical spot I've been lately. Possibly ever, dare I say. It is possible. And it's got tourists, but it's not absolutely packed with people like Lake Louise can be. At least, it wasn't when we were there. You can also canoe on this lake, but to really appreciate this lake and see it's color, you have to view it from above, so don't get stuck doing stuff at lake level only.

This is a pika. Commonly found in the mountains of North America.. they make a little chirping sound. These little guys (or gals) were popping up quite a bit throughout our walk about at Moraine Lake, but they move so fast it's difficult to get a photo of one. I had given up but then Thor said we should just go back and try one more time. I'm glad he did because we found one right away and I was able to get a few snaps. This one's a little bit fuzzy but it's the cutest pic I got of him, because of the grass sticking out of his mouth.  So I'm posting it instead of a crystal clear photo. Sometimes content wins over excellence.

One more look at Moraine Lake to end this post. The contrast between the greens of the flora with the blue hue of the glorious lake was just spectacular. I loved it. I could have probably sat up there for hours. It'd be the perfect place to go reflect on oneself, or paint, or write. It's truly inspirational there.

Up next, a nice long hike to some amazing falls and some kayaking! See you soon!

Jules :O)

Friday, August 02, 2013

Home Base...

This could possibly be my favorite wildlife photo that I took this trip and maybe ever. On out way out of Kootenay National Park, we stopped near Storm Mountain on the Continental Divide. While I was looking around a little bit, I spotted these little lovers which were cleaning each other. I took several snaps, but love this one because it looks like they're kissing. One of them decided to take up residence under my car as I was attempting to leave and just wouldn't leave me alone. I was afraid I'd run over it, so we tried and tried to lead it away from my car. The little chipmunk was so tame and brave that it walked on its hind legs reaching for my fingertips as I bent down to it trying to lead it away. Finally, I decided that while it's illegal to feed wildlife in the parks, offering it a small trail of almonds to get it away from my car would be a better alternative to accidentally running it over. Thor got several photos of me with the chipmunk. It was really cute. 

We stopped at the Village of Lake Louise to gas up the truck on our way to our next campground. There was a beautiful bed full of wonderful poppies. The inside of a poppy is just divine.

We arrived at Mosquito Creek Campground at 1pm. It's a good thing we got there when we did because the campground was filling up fast, in fact, it was almost full. But somehow, in the 32 sites that exist there, we managed to get the best site. Right beside the pit toilets and the rinse sink with potable water. While it could be busy there at times, it was excellent to have site 30. And it was huge, we had more than enough space for everything. Fees are only $17.60 there too, so that's totally reasonable. It was a bit of a challenge to get the trailer in and out of the site, but it was doable with Thor's great skills and well worth the effort.

The coolest thing happened when we were leveling up the trailer. This wonderful guy (who's name escaped me completely) from Backroads Bike Tours greeted us as he was washing his dishes and asked us if we were just arriving or just about to leave. Since we said we were just getting there, he asked us if we wanted some lunch and explained that they had left over lunch from the bike tour and they hate to just throw it all away. He said it was some beet salad and another salad. So we graciously accepted the lunch offer. We took a tiny drive around the campsite and when we got back, there waiting at our trailer was a large brown bag FULL of food. Two kinds of salad, lettuce, olives, bread, a whole bunch of salami and prosciutto, and a mixed package of sweets. I mean, it was very generous and we felt so lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Not only did we get the best location there, but we also got all that free food. Who says nothing comes for free? So we walked back over to them and thanked them and shook their hands, and said we'd be putting their photos up on our blogs. I'll do one better and link to them as well. They looked to be a great company with really nice staff.  Backroads is actually a ginormous company offering bike tours all over the world. So wherever you are, call them up! I have a feeling you won't be disappointed.

This is a photo of Mosquito Creek. It wasn't aptly named. There were less mosquitoes there than any other campground we stayed at. The scenery from the campground was really pretty. There were close mountains in all directions, and as the sun's rays played with them during the course of the day, lighting them up differently as it danced upon their cliffs and peaks, it was really pleasing to witness. One of my favorite moments was just after midnight one night, the moon rose sort of sideways beyond the right edge of that mountain on the left, below. I was freezing but Thor wrapped me in his winter jacket and his arms and held me tight, teasing me "It's gona pop up there any second.. just wait.. watch.. seeeee!" And then it did and it was beautiful.

I think the best part about Mosquito Creek Campground is that it's just a tiny 2 minute drive from Bow Lake. And the mountains that sweep down into Bow Lake are really gorgeous, boasting several different glaciers. The one off in the distant left side below is called Crowfoot Glacier (it's sort of blending in with the clouds unfortunately, but it's actually huge) and I think the one to the right side is Hector Glacier, but I could be off on that one. We set up camp, ate our free lunch and went for a drive down to see Bow Lake. It was Heavenly. A beautiful emerald green when the sun came out. We couldn't believe nobody was kayaking on it. On the other side from the picnic area is a Lodge. We went and checked that out and asked two things: Can we kayak on this lake, and is there a hiking trail to those falls over that way? The answers were both yes, so then we started planning the next few days. We got back to camp, I laid down for a few minutes and Thor got the kayaks ready. We decided to go for an evening kayak, which turned out to be one of the nicest kayaks we've had together yet. And we were the only people on or in the lake! Amazing. We decided to make this our Home Base Campground from which to plan the next few day's trips and events.

More tomorrow...

Jules :Oj

Thursday, August 01, 2013

On our merry way...

We departed from Redstreak Campground and charged forth through Kootenay National Park enroute to try to get a decent spot at Marble Canyon Campground. Ever since I started going to BC to meet up with Thor, I've always been curious about that campground, but never drove in to investigate it. It's a small campground with about 30 or so sites in it and the sites are a little bit on the smallish side. Not a campground I would recommend for a large motorhome, but for a smallish trailer or for tenting, or for a short motorhome, it is ok. So here's a photo of the trailer, as it's making the initial climb out of Radium, going past this fabulous red mountain-scape.

I usually see a ton of deer along the highway through Kootenay, or bears.. but this time we spotted a moose. I took several photos, this one is probably the most decent, as it doesn't show his testicles hanging down. I was actually surprised at how small his testicles were, considering the size of the animal, and comparing them to any of the bighorn sheep's testicles that I've seen. I'm probably pushing my luck here, with all this testicle talk, so I'll move on. It was cool to see the moose.

We arrived at Marble Canyon Campground and got all set up and then I was eager to actually go do the Marble Canyon hike. It's all very beautiful. If you get the chance, you should stop and walk the man-made path up to the top and see the falls and the canyon. I think it's better than Red Rock Canyon in Waterton National Park. There was a forest fire there some 20+ years ago, I think, and it created a really neat landscape. The canyon itself was difficult to get a good photo of, but seeing it with your own eyes is quite brilliant. I recommend this stop on your way through. It can take as little or as long as you want it to, and there are several different longer hikes that branch off from the starting point of this one, so you could have a full day of wilderness exploration if you wanted to. But bring your bear spray!

The Canyon was full of these little chipmunks. This one was just sunning on what is presumably its favorite tree stump. If I were a chipmunk, I couldn't really think of a nicer place to call home.

These are the falls at the top of Marble Canyon. Tragically, there was a little grave marker stone at the top. Two little girls initialled R & B who were 5 and 8 years old must have fallen into the falls and it took their lives. so the lesson is please be careful if you go here. Any of the wet rocks are VERY slippery and it only takes a millisecond to have an accident here. Tragic. But the falls themselves are really beautiful and worth going on the whole walk up for. The water is a very light aquamarine color. It's a lot more vivid in real life. We sat on a rock opposite the falls and enjoyed a snack and the view for a while before heading back down.

The boulders that line Marble Canyon are really interesting. There are many different types of rock, many different colors and sizes and compositions. I liked this one, and how it paired with the mountain behind it off in the distance.

This is a view from up, on our way back down, nearly at the bottom again. The clouds had started to roll in and a few rain drops were beginning to fall, but it was still warm and beautiful. Colors are all around you, blues, greens, pinks, yellows, purples and tans. There is an abundance of wild flowers in bloom this time of year. My favorite is probably the Fireweed. I wanted to bring some back with me, but I think it's illegal to take anything from the parks. Plus, I remembered there's a patch of it in the north side of my city in a vacant lot, so I'll just transplant some from there.

Daisies tickle the landscape and blanket other places in their full glory. Here is a photo of some healthy daisies in perfect bloom being fed by the fertilizer of some bear scat. I think the bear scat totally makes this picture. :)

At the end of a day of hiking, or even in the middle of it, Thor loves to find a cold stream to dip his feet into. I thought I'd join him. This glacial stream was so fresh and so clean I couldn't resist, but holy dyna!! It was sooooo cold I couldn't even keep my feet in it long enough to snap this photo without the pain of the ice cold water taking effect. I don't know how Thor lasts so long in icy water like that. Kudos, Thor... kudos.

We had a nice supper and fire to close out the evening back at the campground and then got ready to break camp in the morning.

Jules :O)