While the extreme cold kept a few participants with young children home, our Family Day Hike at the Ranch was a great time for those who bundled up and took part! The extreme cold temperatures and abundance of snow made for a perfect setting when Alan Sitter, our hike guide, described the bitter winter of 1883 that cost the lives of hundreds of cattle and changed the course of ranching in Southern Alberta. Dozens of deer were out too, digging in the snow to reach food sources – in particular, juniper, which deer eat for its calcium. All in all, it was an informative and fun hike.
Thank you to Alan and all who took part! Our next guided hike is scheduled to take place May 25th.