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Banff/Jasper trip 4: Horse-riding in Jasper

We were determined to ride on horses and so we found some! And you thought we were merely making friendly conversation with Australians.


Horse-riding in Jasper

Horse-riding in Jasper

Corene saying hello to horse
Miss Corene psyching herself up for the challenge

Corene saying hello to horse
“Please be good to me, horse,” said she. Unfortunately, that was not the horse she ended up riding.

Corene on Jackpine

This is the horse she ended up riding! Aw, look at that beam. His name is Jackpine.

And then the reality of the situation struck her:

Corene on Jackpine
But she recovered swiftly. “I can do this,” thinks Miss Corene. “I can do this.


Corene on Jackpine
It’s going to be okay.
My horse Sox was a sweetie. Jackpine, we later found, was opinionated. Mostly on the subject of things to eat right here and now. Here they are communing pre-ride:

Horses communing pre-ride

Horse-riding in Jasper
The horse that kid behind me is sitting on? His name is Thor.

Horse-riding in Jasper
And off we go!

While horse-riding in Jasper

While horse-riding in Jasper

While horse-riding in Jasper

We encountered three elks during our ride. One of them had a collar, and our guides advised us to be careful with the collared ones as “they get wary.” No kidding. If someone shot you down with tranquilizer darts, put a geek collar on you so that all the other elks made fun of you, and continued to stalk you every so often in order to note your progress, you’d get a little paranoid yourself.

During the final part of the ride, Jackpine decided he’d had enough of riding second to Sox and me. After a brief hissy-fit, he took first place and was content. I think we should’ve guessed the pecking order when, while still in the paddock, Sox automatically lined up behind Jackpine. And Jackpine was only drinking water at the time.

While horse-riding in Jasper
This one’s for you, Jackpine. This one’s for you.

Banff/Jasper trip 3: Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway

They had Ice Explorer vehicles so that you could traverse the fields of ice. We have seen too many survival shows and movies to know that getting on one could not possibly end well.


Icefields Parkway
And then in the midst of snow and ice you get views like this one.

Icefields Parkway

And then we saw sheep! We kept calling them goats but the park authorities are so appreciative when you properly identify them as sheep.

‘Twas the first of many, many wild animal sightings on this trip. Many.

Mountain sheep at Icefields Parkway
Strutting by. Like a boss.

Mountain sheep at Icefields Parkway
Yo.

Mountain sheep at Icefields Parkway

Not included here because I didn’t manage to snap in time: mama & tiny baby sheep just next to us. So very cute, so very close. Baaaaa.

Banff road trip pics 5

Aaaaand last of our road trip pics. I have gained a whole new appreciation and respect for national and provincial parks. Definitely need to return to Banff one day.


Takakkaw Falls at Yoho National Park

Takakkaw Falls at Yoho National Park

Takakkaw Falls at Yoho National Park

Takakkaw Falls at Yoho National Park

Emerald Lake

Kim at Cafe Burgess, at Emerald Lake

Beach stopover