Backcountry Painting

I went backcountry camping a few weekends ago with a good friend of mine. We've done quite a few hiking trips together over the years since college, but grown-up life sometimes gets in the way. So we booked a campsite way back in the day (I wanna say March?) to make sure we would go. 

[the companion photo is redacted because the image of us from 2008 was too frightening to behold. Babies. We were babies.]

Well, the weather wasn't looking too great when the Park Service called and informed us our campsite had been closed temporarily due to bear activity. A pretty clever little grizzly female was getting close to the hanging food pole and had presumably already worked out how the food got there (read: colorfully dressed backpackers). 

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We made some last minute shuffles and ended up hiking to Tombstone Lake in Peter Lougheed Park. Neither of us had ever been, but it ended up being delightful! Dare I say, even more so than Banff would have been - because Tombstone is not in a national park, you can have a campfire. They even supply the firewood and a hatchet. So - we brought s'mores. And had whisky. 

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And of course, there was some art-making. Backcountry camping is a challenge for me because gear. I'm already usually carrying too much food and water and clothing, so I don't need to be putting more in the backpack. I usually need to be taking something out. 

I was forced to scale down my usual kit, so I went with a small travel watercolor set, a single sketchbook, and a pen. 

Totally worth it though! We hiked to the lakes, where I did these guys.

This was the view from our campsite - unreal.

I was not, however, fast enough for this sunset. Iphone pix had to do.

I may do some paintings from these later on - in my NEW sketchbook, since I finished the last few pages on this trip! It's got sketches from Yellowstone to Utah and now back to my own backyard. Sigh of happiness.