Well, it's that time of year again and I'm packing up for a trip to Alberta to bother the locals and maybe chase/catch a black bear or two. I figure to hook up with Ian M for a day or two to get rid of any stale ammunition he may have and try out some of his toys. Its a little logistical juggling to make everything fit but that's what the trip is all about...time away from work and days with nothing hard scheduled. I'd like to catch up with Richard Graves and a few folks down his way and maybe a fella or two up in Fort McMurray but that's getting pretty optimistic with time. I figure to spend a few free hours whitetail antler shed hunting (via 4 wheeler maybe) and a few hours hunting up some septarian nodules ("thunder eggs" I believe the locals may call them) for a rockhound friend. I don't have a real need for another black bear hide but if a giant washtub head looking thing ( or a nice color phase) comes too close there could be some exciting moments. I'm also gonna look for some of that blue can beer /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif (no green can beer /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif) and try to dispose of a few of those during the wee hours. I'll be up there from the 28th of April to 10 May.