Sunday, June 29, 2008

Our Great Canadian Adventure--Day 1

Ah--Canada! We're in lovely Canmore right now (just outside of Banff National Park) and we've finished up our first day of sight seeing! Evan has done great considering he was up at 5:00 yesterday morning and didn't get to bed until midnight last night (Eastern time). He did well on the flights and hung in there last night while we got dinner and then got settled in the condo. He did pretty well sleeping, but we let him sleep in bed with us, which I actually love even though he ended up keeping us up most of the night. I think he might have restless leg syndrome!

Evan woke up at 5:30 this morning, just in time to have coffee with Grandpa Jerry. We all got up and got ready and caught an 8:30 tour bus to take us into Banff National Park. The adventure for Evan began as soon as we arrived at the tour's transportation center (fancy way of saying 'bus stop'). Evan likes when we sing or read The Wheels on the Bus and makes the wheel motions with his hands, so the dozens of buses pulling in and out made him really happy.

We made quite a few stops on the tour, including a ride on the Banff Gondola, which took us to the top of Sulpher Mountain.


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It is an eight-minute ride to the top of the mountain, which has an elevation of 7,486 feet. The elevation itself isn't that high (remember--we're from Utah, so we're used to high elevations), but it is basically straight up and down, so the climb and the views are impressive.


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Evan loved walking all around the boardwalk when we got to the top of the mountain. He was a wiggle worm, so it made it hard to get him to sit still for a photo.


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Our next stop was at the Cave and Basin national historic site. Some railroad workers discovered this hot spring back in the 1800s and that is what eventually led to the creation of Banff National Park. The cave and hot spring wasn't all that impressive, actually, and you can't put your hands in the water because an endangered species of snails live there now. But, it was still fun to see. There is an outdoor pool people used to be able to use and being around all that water gave Evan plenty of opportunities to show off the sign for water (at least his version of the sign--it should actually only be three fingers, like a "w", but he uses all five).


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Next stop--some water falls! Evan was a little wiggly again, but we managed to get a few photos.


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That sign for water sure came in handy!


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One of the stops on the tour was promoted as "seeing the park's hoodoos." Hoodoos are rock formations and, I suppose, since we are from Utah, we have some pretty high hoodoo standards. We got off the bus and were all looking at each other asking where the hoodoos were. After a hike, we looked out and saw the hoodoos. Or should I say, hoodoo.


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Goblin Valley in Emery County (near where I grew up) is full of THOUSANDS of hoodoos, so I guess that is more along the lines of what I was thinking. We started joking around about it and even Evan got in on the joke blowing rasperries every time we said, "You call that a hoodoo?"


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After the tour, we just relaxed! Evan has been a trooper. He has been so well behaved even though I know he is pooped. He has enjoyed flirting with all the ladies and has been blowing quite a few kisses. Several ladies have mistakingly thought his sign for water was a kiss he was blowing, but it seemed to make the so happy that we didn't explain. I think he deserves a new toy or at least some cash.

1 comment:

Juli said...

I see that you and Bryan have taken to wearing matching outfits. I am a bit worried about what parenting has done to you two.