The adventure began. Hoodapus Moose Tour into the Rockies supposed to leave at 8.40am but the bus didnt arrive until 9.30 but it was Tim's first tour as we found out later. Met a Brit called Ben who was actually on our bus from Boston to Toronto. He said he recognised us how strange!
Finally got onto the highway, next stop Bridal Falls which is a beautiful waterfall on the mountainside but had to keep an eye on Ray and Ivy a old ozzy couple who were about to keel over walking up the hill!! Got back to the bus but George is missing. Full scale search then he finally turns up, he's only been up the bloody waterfall apparantly didnt see the huge yellow hazzard sign??!!! So we're all accounted for and ready to set off when the engine doesnt turn over. Had to get a jump from a couples RV poor Tim, its not going well for his first day!!
Stopped in Hope for a late lunch and played a game to get to know eachother.Next stop Lake Kamloops which was very beautiful but had disgusting loos. By this point everyone is moaning that the pub will be shut when we get there for dinner so Kelvin said we could Munch on his Banana?! Was quite amusing especially when he handed round his cashews and said we could have a feel of his nuts! Was very funny but all in jest.
Half 8 start again but got some free brekky and we went Go Karting!!! The boys went first as they were allowed to bash eachother and the girls went 2nd. Was really good fun. Carried on up into the Rockies but got stuck in a jam as there had been a huge mud slide over the road. We started walking up the highway to get a better look when the traffic started moving, so we had to leg it back to the bus. Alex had a slight chest outburst which resulted in a few cheers!!!! Finally arrived at Banff after dropping Kelvin off at the Hospital. Seriously infected bug bite, nice! All ok except the restaurant was shut so had a 'tims 5 minute' walk down to the Irish Bar. Nathan then came back from the loo with a mini porno manual was the size of a box of matches with all different positions so a few jokes were told. That night Kate was in a different room to Alex, mix up in the reservation! So she shared with Marssy (Scottish Girl from Aberdeen) and Kate was in with Nathan and Jess (NZ couple) All was fine until 3.30am when Jess dropped her glassed down the bunkbed so we had to get up and pull everything out and find them never mind!
Overall really enjoying the Moose Trip and getting to know everyone only snag is the delays.
Another 8am start off to Lake Louise. Just a bit chilly so the gorgeous cagooles came out! Kates is a size of a tent (she nicked her dads!) and Alex's is all flowery! Ever such a beautiful place but looks a bit different to the pic in Kates dining room as it is all still covered in ice and snow, really weired as its nearly June!! Next stop the Glacier againÂ very pretty but bloody cold didnt help that Kate had a wet patch on her bum where her apple juice had leaked and Alex had a bee attack as the bee was attracted to her flowery cagoole!!
After a stop in Jasper finally got to our Hostel in the wilderness. Drop Loos, no showers, a hand pump for water and a Nazi for a camp manager!!!! Mum you wouldn't believe where we were staying!! Started a camp fire after tea but started to rain so had a few drinks in the common room instead. Kate had an arm wrestle with Tim and won and Alex had a foursome of Ping Pong. Her face was a picture when she was getting irate with George. Had a fab day but sooooooooooooo tired off to bed in our log cabin so got the torch handy!!(Thanks Aunty Sue)
After sleeping in the freezing cabin and on a mattress which felt like an ironing board packing up our bags when we heard Tim trying to turn the engine. What a surprise it wont start. Spent the next 3 hours trying to get it going but eventually called out a tow truck so headed out on a little hike. Finally got going and had a few stops including Numpti-Ja Lodge where we went for a walk in waist deep snow. Was such a giggle especially when Kate lost her footing and fell but took Wojtkiw down with her!!! Also played a dirty game on the bus of boggle which was so comical but its terrible how filthy we are! Got back to Banff again and finally got a shower! Went to Spaghetti Factory with all our newfound friends and had an interesting chat about families! Nathan also wanted to shake Alex's hand as she is Bono's cousin!!! Headed to the pub only $2 a drink, bargain!!!!
Next day early rise for Kate to ring Joe managed to say ttfn to Ben, Mike and Kelvin who dropped his trousers to show us his hole in his leg from the bite!!(not shy then?!) Then trekked up the massive hill with our backpacks to our Hostel.Was such an effort thought we were going to collapse for once we didnt utter a word as every bit of energy was taken up! Met up with Marcaili Jess and Nath then walked back down!!! Back to the Hostel and started talking to our fellow roomie Cat from Derby and caught up with the soaps was gutted to find out that Neighbours is going to be moved to Channel 5! Chilled out that night Alex dyed Jess hair she looked quite comical with a plastic bag on her head!!
P.S As you can see from the pics we saw all kinds of wildlife including a baby Moose, 3 Bears, Elk, Mountain Sheep and Ground Squirrels. Going back to Vancouver for Friday then Seattle on Monday hope you're all well