Going on a road trip you want to set out on with your furry loved ones? There’s a checklist that you’ll need to follow and remember while taking this particular journey. But before you decide for sure that your beloved companion will be taking that trip, you’ll need to know if they are ready. As travel can be a potentially risky and stressful exercise, you need to be sure if your pet is 100% ready. If your pet is susceptible to changes in temperature, prone to nervousness and might need a couple of rounds of obedience training, then it’s best to have a trusted sitter take good care of them in your absence. Whatever the case, it is crucial you have them feel comfortable and get used to car rides and being in the car – taking them frequently on short rides first can be a great option. When confident of having your pet on the trip, adhere to this checklist throughout the entire journey.

  • Carry their favourite toys and bedding as familiar smells from home will keep them more relaxed. And for their physical safety, carry a first-aid kit in the dashboard – hydrogen peroxide, gauze pads, adhesive tape, alcohol wipes, bandages, styptic powder, ice pack, towels, saline solution, tweezers, scissors and disposable gloves. Every single item is a must.
  • You will need to gear up by carrying, food, water, bowls, a proper stock of medication if they’re on any and of course, a litter box and litter/waste bags. If you’re with a cat, keep the litter boxes on the floor, so as not to risk taking them out of the car.
  • ID your pet. It is risky to travel with your pets unless they have microchips implanted as ID and are wearing external tags with proper contact information.
  • Before travelling, see that your pet has a clean bill of health. That means blood tests and vaccinations that have been administered within the proper time frame and are current. Carry proof of such vaccinations just in case.
  • The front seat is not for pets, so maintain that boundary no matter what. In case an airbag deploys, having your pet (even in a crate) in the passenger seat could injure them.

  • Take plenty of rest stops – your pet will appreciate it, and you can have them enjoy some leg space and have some playtime while taking a short walk. Never leave the car without a collar, ID tag and leash. Always put on a harness or leash before exiting the vehicle for safety reasons. Don’t leave your pet alone in a car. The interior of a car can heat up to 100 degrees or more in a matter of minutes.
  • Heads inside. If you let your pets stick their heads out of the window, they could either fall sick by having cold air forced into their lungs or get hurt by debris or a tree branch or another car – the point being, keep them safe inside your vehicle. Keep both the windows and the sunroof closed, so they don’t jump through it.
  • For dogs, the most reliable way to travel in a car is in a crate anchored securely to the vehicle using a seat belt. Make sure your dog can stand erect without their ears touching the roof of the crate and can sit, turn around and lie down in a natural and comfortable position. For cats, use an adequately restrained carrier, so it doesn’t bounce around and hurt your cat – secure a seat belt around the front of the carrier. It is advised you introduce your pets to the carrier you plan on using well in advance of the trip – make sure they are used to both its shape and smell.

Have you ever dreamt of frozen bubbles? As winter temperatures plunge to a whopping minus 30degree Fahrenheit, an ethereal and breathtaking sight forms before our eyes – a hard-frozen lake top with glassy orbs as constellations suspending itself underfoot – in other words, frozen bubbles. A feast for the eyes of which you can take snapshots. While remote, don’t let that deter you as it isn’t as hard to get there as you think and you don’t need to go out to buy expensive equipment for a good picture.

Many of you may wonder what is behind this earth-shattering phenomenon. It is a natural process of decomposition – time to brush up on your elementary school science if you don’t know what that is. On the bed of the lake lies vegetation which the bacteria consume through the process of decomposition, emitting methane bubbles which freeze in the ice. So frozen bubbles or bacteria farts, you decide. Don’t plan your visit too early. Halfway through January through to February is when Abraham Lake offers the best chance of clicking the completely formed and solidified frozen bubbles.

How to Get To Lake Abraham
The closest airports to this lake are Edmonton or Calgary after which you’ll have to take 3-4 hours to drive up into the lower hills of the Rockies, passing through the David Thompson Highway (H11). The isolated nature of this trip will make for quite a peaceful journey, but you’ll need to pack a solid stock of food supplies and your vehicle needs to be sturdy and filled up with gas which you’ll need to make sure at Nordegg. If your car does break down, wait patiently until the highway patrol comes along.

Where to Stay in Abraham Lake
You don’t need to worry about stay seeing as there is a massive range of five-star hotels you can bunk comfortably. The most recommended one has to be the Aurum Lodge, run by a man equipped with the best knowledge when it comes to photographing the exquisite sight of these frozen bubbles. You are blessed with the best view of the Lake from this Lodge. Book well in advance as a room here is very much in-demand. If you have a high-resolution telescopic lens on your camera, you can click a few extra shots from here.

Tips on Photographing a Great Picture
The best locations to capture your photo would be the shoreline along the Belly of Abraham and the stretch between the Hoodoo Creek and David Thompson Resort. The Preacher’s Point is obviously on top of everyone’s list.

Remember that while these are the best stops, the weather conditions don’t guarantee that these bubbles will always be there. So take a look around to find your spot that will hopefully get you the best pictures.

You don’t need to be a top-notch photographer to shoot some great shots. Be aware of the light conditions as you’ll need to cut out the glare. The most crucial investments to make would be on a polarizing filter, a macro lens attachment for close-up shots and a wide-angle lens for landscape views.