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Published: October 3rd 2008
Well there is soooo much to catch up on in the last 7-8 days since I had internet access - and it's a lie I am not in the Rockies now but in Vancouver hotel - but I thought I would just give a camping report - as I have left the girls in the hotel BAR (!!!) - they have had a pitcher of beer at a micro brewerey, cocktails in Gastown and I dont know how many pear ciders in the hotel bar , since I left them on the BIGBUS at lunch time. I have been the sensible one and been to the Dr Sun Yat Seng chinese garden and the Art Gallery!!! We are meeting at 8pm - for dinner in posh resto round the corner from hotel so I think they will maange to get there - but I have an hour to write a bit of news.
Thanks to you all for comments - its lovely to know you can be bothereed to read this drivel - and I've only had 1 cider so it might be quite sensible drivel - bit dont mind the typos.
We have done such a lot and the 3 of us got on so well - I think Tracey and Suz want to make a habit of this. Going back a week or more - we were up at the crack of dawn and off to the horsetrail ride in Banff with Warner stables ( can reccomend - excellent - they really look after you - Mr Warner has owned it for 47 years I am told). Bright blue skies and about -2deg - as we pulled up to the ranch there were 2 bull elk about to see each other off - chasing each other and so we stayed in the RV well out of the way - till they calmed down a bit and we could go to the horses. To our suprise we 3 were the only ones on the breakfast ride - so there we were me and Troy ( the cowboy!!!) in the chuckwagon with 2 horses pulling it and the girls and a guide on their 3 horses and when we got to the camp there was a the cowgirl cook!!! So how is that for service- it made it so special and the girls were great riding off on the trail - and would you believ it Suz had got some boots so she didnt have to do it in her heels!! - we had about an 1hr to get to the camp in the woods where we had a big STEAK and eggs for brekki and there was fresh fruit and muffins and huge pots of coffeee and a fire!!! Wot an experience- after an hour the girls rode back a different way and said it was just fantastic riding along by the river along the Bow Valley. It was a bit chilly- so I had got back before them and got the heater on the in RV to warm them up - the elk had gone by then. So wot can you do after that but go up to the Hot Springs and have a swim ( or loaf about) in the pool - 2 deg outside air temp and 39 in the pool - sun shining - fab!!! And to top that off we booked massages - my guy was Anton and gave a great swedish massage.
(Of course you all realise that I cant actually remember all this - I have been keeping notes to aid my recall) And Bob - stop showing off saying you walked up and down Sulfur Mountain. And never mind Ray Mears and firestick etc - Hello magazine makes a bloody good firlightere as well as all the tourist magazines we have found. Also cowboys use plastic cups to get a blaze - i saw Troy do it!!
And I know you are all dying to know who is BillyBob ( in the title of this missive) - well after driving around for about 5 days and trying out various names for our monster RV - Suz suddenely came upon it BILLYBOB- and that was it and so he became personiified.
We seem to be trying out pitchers of beer on our travels and can recommend The Grizzly Paw in Canmore - great food - bison burgers and Grumpy Bear beer - Rutting Elk beer also good tried that later in week. Also cocktails - Paw Linis and I can recommend the cherry cola!!!
You will be pleased to hear I havent lost my bargain hunting skills - on Bob's advice I got a Safeway card and so we are getting money off everytime we shop!!
So next day - bigger drive up the Icefield Highway to Jasper stopping on the way and I will leave that till the next report - better go and check out those girls in the bar.
Love to everyone.
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