Cowboys Don't Wear Riding-hats

Published: October 8th 2010
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The Johnston Canyon upper falls
My daughter loves horse riding, so it was an extra-special treat to go on a horse riding trail. What a fantastic way to see the Rockies! We did cause a bit of confusion when we asked for some riding hats. It must be a Brit thing, but then when was the last time you saw a cowboy in a riding hat. It wouldn’t exactly go with the hard-man image, so we had to do without.

Another place near Banff is the Johnston Canyon. There are a number of walks to various points in the canyon, including the lower falls, the upper falls and the rainbow pools. We didn’t walk as far as the rainbow pools, so we don’t really know what they were like, but the falls and the canyon itself were worth a walk. The main issue here is that it is very, very busy. Much of the walk was on a raised boardwalk, crowded with tourists.

Just on the edge of Banff are some rocks known as the Hoodoos. They were a nightmare to find and it took us a couple of attempts. There were some similar Hoodoo near Lake Minnewanka so the guide on the boat

The stables whilst getting ready for our horse riding
tour had explained that they are the remains left by a glacier. One of the ones near the lake has a rock balanced on top of it and the guides have been placing bets on whether it collapses or not this year as it is apparently long overdue.

One message that was constantly pushed whilst we were in the Rockies was “Leave only footprints and take only photographs". Very good point well made me thinks.

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The Hoodoos

Some Hoodoos near Banff

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