We got absolutely brilliant, warm, sunshiney weather for 75-80% of our two-week trip. I have the pink nose to prove it.
Also, have a bonus Guinness harp:
Invasion of the grizzly and bighorn sheep as we were leaving Jasper, headed for Banff:
It studied us reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaally, really carefully.
Deigning to release us from its intense stare
And then we were back in Banff. Whoo!
Part 2 of the day in which we saw all the animals.
On our way down from Maligne Lake, we decided to stop at Medicine Lake.
It was just around this time when a busload of people stopped by to ask us if we were taking shots of the bear.
“Bear?” I asked.
See if you can spot it in the far right here, before I’d been aware of it:
And then the bear turns up.
Oh wait, you thought it was just one bear? Nah, it was a whole bear family. Bear families turned out to be all the rage that day.
Oh hey, guess what was at that same lake?
This, my friends, was the moment when I finally felt justified in that trip. The whole time we kept seeing signs alerting us of caribou crossings, but naught a single one. It was like a hoax. And then he showed up, and all was right with the world.
Aaaaaaand pretty soon it was a day filled with really cool sights and other wild animals. I should point out I didn’t manage to take pics of the majority that we saw, which should tell you how many they were.
Again, Corene with her animal soundtrack
Guy sittin’ and takin’ pics. Because he can.
I’d like to think Corene deliberately picked the soundtrack in anticipation of every animal we spotted. Like before, and like so:
And then we saw our first bear. Up in a tree. In the rain. It was wet.
We carried on to Maligne Lake.
And then a whole slew of bears from thereon out.
Spot the mama bear and cubs.
So many cubs.
Corene somehow always knows to play the most appropriate soundtrack for each wild animal we spot.
This is merely part 1 of the day in which we saw allllllllll the wild animals. Part 2 coming up. You’ll see further proof of Corene’s animal soundtrack sense.
Peeps nibbling on my thyme this morning. I know I should stop him, but he looks so darn cute. Sin, intrigued by his satisfied tone, tries the herb as well, but gets bored and wants to go on me (see her look meaningfully at me and chirp).
Afterward, Peeps’s breath smelled of thyme. Just wait until after he eats cilantro.