This was the first time I took Mya along with me and for those of you who do not already know who Mya is she is my chocolate lab aka. Crazy Brown Dog She has gone car camping with me multiple times but never back country and she was defiantly up for the challenge
With Whirlpool campground being at the 6.5kms mark along the Athabasca Pass Trail it was the perfect opportunity to take Mya and a few ridiculous luxury items as well.
The trail follows an old fire road so its easy to follow. Near the beginning of the trail you pass by Moab Lake which is fishable.
This campground is very primitive. No luxury of the green throne here … You guessed it only a hole in the ground and a log for you to perch on. For some this might be a deal breaker but I have to say it was not all that bad.
This was the first time I got to use my Mountain Hardwear Optic Vue 3.5 and I have to say I love it. It was a little big for just Mya and I but would be perfect for two people and a four legged companion or three people.
Our weather was wet and windy but it kept the mosquitoes away that we found during our day hike a little further up the trail.
We came across a couple of these torn up trees that had been stripped by a porcupine. Something I had never seen before. I found it fascinating.
Mya was unsure on how she was to react to the bird that was chasing us down the trail.
Parts of the trail past Whirlpool where very wet, it looked like a creek had rerouted itself to follow the trail. There is also a log crossing that for myself was more difficult than I had expected. The log was wet and it crossed over a raging creek. Stop over to Stop Nothing But Time to see her post about our trip for a couple of images from this spot.
Our steak and egg supper was by far the best back country food I have yet