Thursday, July 28, 2011

Excursion #1 = Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride

If you have little ones, esp. little ones who are in lurve with horses, this is one excursion you should never miss.  We were the only group who signed up for the 5pm time slot, so we got the VIP treatment.  Jesse, the driver, and his assistant Colleen (who we later find out is distantly acquainted with the Mister..small world, I tell ya) picked us up in front of the lodge.

Note Miss Soph, who sat like this for the majority of the ride, staring at the horses.

They first took us to a lookout point, where we got a great view of Ruth Glacier and Curry Ridge.  We got our first taste of watermelon berries ( some know it as twisted stalk) and blueberries that were growing wild along the trail.

The kids got to pet the reindeers (domesticated caribou) Baby and Mitch.

 Then we got to try our hand at gold panning. Each little bag of dirt guaranteed gold flakes. The ones we found were laminated onto a card that said "As long as I have this card, I'll never be broke!" Cute.
Then we roasted marshmallows and made S'mores.

Madison and the rest of the gang got to feed the reindeer graham crackers.

Posing with moose and caribou antlers.

And a moose kiss to end the day. Aaaaw.

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