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Mike Drew: Relaxing day on the road

Mike Drew: Relaxing day on the road
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Except there weren’t.

Well, yeah, I did see a bald eagle flying along but on the water, nothing. No mallards — there always seems to be mallards around — not even any diving ducks like goldeneyes. Surprising but unimportant. The day was nice and the drive relaxing. So I just kept going.

Down by Little Bow I found big bunches of mule deer. Like the horses, they were just lazing around, soaking up the sun. Unlike the horses, though, they weren’t impressed with the amount of time I kept my camera aimed at them. One by one they got up and started making their way across the fields.

Worked out well for me, though. I kinda liked the picture I got with the ice of the lake in the background and the Porcupine Hills rising 80 km to the west behind them.

Mule deer near Little Bow Resort west of Lomond, Ab., on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Photo by Mike Drew /Postmedia

I cracked a window as I drove now, the sun blasting through the FJ’s glass making the truck a bit warmer than necessary given the winter clothes I was wearing. But it was pleasant to drive that way, the hum of the tires and the tick of the gravel a little louder with the window open and complementing the music on the radio.

I was close to Travers Dam, now, a place I’d often found open water in the winter before, so I turned toward there.

Ducks splash around on the open water of the Little Bow River below Travers Dam near Lomond, Ab., on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Mike Drew/Postmedia
Ducks splash around on the open water of the Little Bow River below Travers Dam near Lomond, Ab., on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Photo by Mike Drew /Postmedia

I’d noticed that the snow cover was getting ever thinner as I headed south and east. Up by Milo, the ground was pretty much covered with only a few bare patches where the snow had been blown away. But down by the lake, it had thinned out considerably and bare grass was more the rule by the time I got to Little Bow.



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