"Here we go loop de loop"
I still chuckle as I think about our 'stroll' up Edith Cavell Meadows. After two strenuous walks the previous days we thought it sounded like a nice Sunday afternoon potter. How wrong we could be!
I really enjoyed the climb up as it brought back memories of climbing Mount Toubkal in Morocco six years ago. Whereas Stuart struggles with the 'up' bits my fear kicks in when descending a climb. For those of you who know me well I have terrible balance and even worse co-ordination, two skills which are particularly useful when coming down a mountain. I also know from experience of falling down Mount Toubkal that it hurts like mad if you take a tumble. My descents are typically painfully slow, involve some interesting physical manoeuvres and moments of complete freeze. Luckily Stuart has yet to capture this glamorous look on camera but give it time!
After the brilliant night on the wine and tequila with Shannon and Ernesto (see Stuart's earlier blog), we had a leisurely morning which involved a fun trip to the laundrette! In the afternoon we took a drive to Maligne Lake where we made friends with some big horned sheep and bambi like deer. It was like driving down a fairy tale road! I really like the photo of the sheep looking into the car window as she has a mischievous look!
We decided to walk the Moose loop and after the mistake we made about the 'meadow walk' we did not in a million years expect to see an actual moose. Early on in the walk we met a nice Spanish couple who insisted on taking our photo - something neither of us particularly wanted after the excesses of the night before. The walk was flat which pleased Stuart and was proving to be rather uneventful until that is, Stuart spotted what he initially thought was a 'dog' in the water. We spent a couple of minutes looking at said 'dog' splashing around and then said 'dog' started to emerge from the water and it soon became obvious that it was in fact a Moose. It is not often I am speechless as you know but this was one of those rare times when I just stood and stared. It was a brilliant sight.
A little further on down the river we spotted another moose with her two babies (sorry calves - Stuart has just corrected me!) which I have named George and Zippy. I got a little snappy happy as you will see from the photos but this is definitely not a sight you see every day.
So Ian, we did get to see a couple of 'moose loose about this hoose' after all. Happy days!