Published: May 23rd 2012May 23rd 2012
Awful sleep again. I took a sleeping tablet and wore ear plugs but could still hear the drone of the fridge in our room. In the middle of the night I pulled the fridge out of its cabinet but there was a mass of wires all tangled up behind so I had to leave it. When I woke Ian up this morning he asks me did I sleep well as I had kept him awake all night with my snoring????
After another buffet breakfast we head up to Sulphur Mountain. The gondola takes you so far then there is a wooden walkway should you choose to take it to the top. We were knackered when we got there but great views and a little family of chipmunks playing at the top. They run about so fast we only just managed to get a pic. On the way down we get coffee and cake from Starbucks in the ticket centre. They have a life size Black bear for sales for $5000. If I won the lottery I would buy it just to see the look on G and B's faces!
Before we had gone up the
mountain we had called in at the trail rides office to book a horse riding trail. They offer a 1 hour or a 3 hour trail and I was keen to do the 3 hour but was told as non riders we would have very sore legs and we should try the 1 hour first. So at 3pm we set off with Ryan leading us and me being the only one out of eight riders who insisted on a safety helmet. I was on a horse called Marshall and Ian's was called Bob. Marshall was a plodder, just happy to follow the horse in front whereas Bob would always choose a different route wherever possible and especially when crossing the river. Ian looked a bit stressed at times! We had crossed the river, trekked through the forest and crossed back over the river so I was feeling quite relaxed by this point. Ryan asked how I was doing so I said I was really enjoying it but was so glad I was on Marshall and not Bob. I spoke too soon. Marshall decided to walk as close to the spruce trees as possible so I was getting hit by all
the branches. I would steer him back to the path but he would go straight back to the trees, at one point the branches almost knocked me off the horse. When we got back to the coral and dismounted we could hardly walk! So glad we didn't do the three hours.
Had a wander around the shops of Banff. It is a pleasant town but probably Canada's equivalent to Blackpool! Every other shop is a gift shop and they all sell the same things but there are a few good shops in between.
After dinner we drive up Norquay mountain as Ian had been told it is a good place to see bears in the evening but all we see are mountain goats. We are back at our hotel and in bed by 9:30pm watching tv. Being a tourist is very tiring!
The plan tomorrow is to visit Banff's museum of natural history then drive to Lake Minnewanka and Johnson's Lake and do a little walk. We haven't done anywhere like the amount of walking I though we would but have eaten loads so definitely on a strict diet when we
Ian has managed to find which plug is for the fridge so hopefully a good night's sleep tonight.
There are more photos below