Day 9: Rest day
Weird. First night sleeping indoors, in an actual bed, in ten days and I had my worst night’s sleep. Certainly not because the bed was uncomfortable, or anything negative about the Little Bear cabin. Rather, I think I’d just grown accustomed to cool night air and ever-fresh breezes.
Busy day in Hinton running errands and stocking up on groceries for the next leg of our journey. Rocky, the owner of Entrance Ranch, came with us as tour guide and assisted us in ticking off our stops as efficiently as possible, all the while telling stories about the history of the area.
Back to the ranch to do laundry and check on the horses. They’re enjoying their day off, but Ahi’s knee is swollen and sore; the little guy looks doubtful for the next leg of our journey.
BBQ steak dinner and great evening with Rocky telling stories about his outfitting days, as well as his unique experience and integration with local indigenous people, customs, culture and medicine. Fascinating!
We could’ve stayed in the Little Bear cabin again, because the tentative guest for the night didn’t show, but we’d already cleaned and vacated. Instead, we spread out our sleeping pads and bags in a covered area by a workshop to slumber in cool night air and gentle breezes.
Tomorrow we would begin Leg 2: Jasper to Saskatchewan Crossing.
Here is an excellent documentary about Alberta's spectacular Willmore Wilderness. The whole thing is great; Rocky speaks about horse-assisted hiking at 19:57.