Tubthumping (AKA I get knocked down but I get up again!)
The next day was a pretty solid driving day as we ventured further into the Rockies and our destination in Wells Grey National Park. Unfortunately overnight the lovely sunshine we'd been experiencing disappeared to be replaced by rain and lots of it.
When we arrived at Wells Grey I decided that I would take up the option to go horse riding, which I can say without a shadow of a doubt I will never be doing again. It all started so well when we were told what to do and paired up with our horses - I got Quincy who I was told liked to be at the back. Everyone else starts off and gets going and he starts to move slowly a fair distant behind. Some of the horses up front then get spooked and take off whilst mine decides to go back into the paddock and refuses to move. Unfortunately in all of this Yasmin falls off and whilst everyone is rightly sorting her out I'm sat in the paddock wondering if they're going without me or whether I should get off as I have the key to the room I'm sharing with her. Fast Forward 20 minutes later she's back on and Dick (our guide) comes into the paddock and takes 3 goes to get Quincy out of the paddock. We're finally off for our 1 1/2 trek through the forest!!!!
After crossing the road and going down a track we cross a stream (!) and then have a pleasant time wandering around the forest - no bears to be seen here today! During this time it starts to rain and obviously by the time we get out the forest it's raining rather heavily. We eventually cross the stream back and start wondering down the track. At this point I don't know exactly what happened. All I know is net result is I'm sat on the ground with the horse standing next to me. I think he got spooked and the fact that everything was wet I just slipped off. Fortunately as I have so much padding on my backside I wasn't too badly hurt - I have grazed my backside and bruised my lower back (everyone seems very impressed with the bruise but I don't think it's that bad for me!!!).
The following morning the weather hadn't improved but it was off with Sara and a Wells Grey Guide - Frank to visit some sites. The first place we stopped had a watch tower but it was so misty nothing could be seen. We then stopped at Dawson Falls (impressive but not as good as Niagara), Clearwater Falls where we saw some great wildlife and finally Baileys Chute. After this we got to go canoeing on Clearwater Lake at which point it started to rain again. The views as I was becoming used to where spectacular when the shower eventually stopped and the sun came out for all of 5 minutes!
After a picnic lunch and a stop at the cafe it was then back on the fun bus for another 4 hour trek with a quick stop at Mount Robson for some photos although unfortunately due to the weather the top of it wasn't quite visible.