Sunday 16th June
So much has happened this week, I’m starting to lose track. We all went on a hike for cougars in the forest. We didn’t get to see any unfortunately but it was great to spend time with everyone within the amazing wilderness. I felt like Dora the Explorer. We also had a bonfire at night and ate and ate. Al was our master chief and everything tasted so good with Al’s favourite cooking technique of “Throw it in the fire”.
We ended up in the tipis and all told stories until midnight. On the way back to the cabin, there were so many stars in the clear sky that it took my breath away but only for a short while, as we were then attacked by Cocoa the Lama, who is even more terrifying in the dark.
We always hear stories about grizzly bears in the area but so far in Canada I have only seen a black bear. That was until this Tuesday, when a grizzly came on to the Heaven’s Gate property! I can hardly remember what happened, as it was all so fast but the horses and lamas began running around like crazy. Hanna was the first person to see the grizzly, as she was closest. The dogs were out of control barking and it was actually pretty scary. The bear got closer and Brigitte came out with a fake gun that makes a loud noise. The bear reared onto its back two legs and it took six shots to scare it away. I always thought that I would be able to out run a bear if needs be, but I was recently told that grizzlies can reach speeds of up to 60km/hr, so I doubt even Usain Bolt would stand a chance.
Brigitte also began training the horses and it was so beautiful to watch. She plays really soothing music while she works with them and she knows all their personalities so well. It’s so relaxing to just sit and stare at her doing what she does best with the Canadian Rockies in the background. Melanie was deeply affected by the training and felt the emotions of the horses, many of which were rescues and sometimes find it hard to trust people.
We also exchanged two of our lamas to neighbouring farms in return for two goats, known as Tom and Tom and also for a small yet loud sheep called Hanna, named after the one and only WWOOFer Hanna. The hope is that in time Hanna and Lucky the sheep will be best friends and play together. Lucky is getting better every day and has even begun walking on all his legs as opposed to just his back two. Everyone is overjoyed about his recovery.
Yesterday we had a new WWOOFer join us from France called Allan. He’s quiet but very nice and we made a short, funny video about Cocoa the lama and he was the cameraman for day. I can’t wait to finish editing the video as Hanna, Collin, Allan and I had so much fun making it.