After th' apparent successes o' yesterday we were hopin' another early start would yield an equal result. Shiver me timbers!
How wrong were we!
Let me remind ye: yesterday’s yield were bein' 5 bears and a lot o' wapiti, with a chest full of booty. Today’s list is like this: 3 bears (o' which 1 mother and that comely wench cub) quite a few wapiti and mule deer and 2 wolves. I’m sorry? Aye. Wolves. Shiver me timbers, by Davy Jones' locker! 2 o' them, by Davy Jones' locker. One per sightin'. Shiver me timbers, and a bottle of rum! AWESOME!
Unfortunately fer us, th' bears were all black bears (some very brown ones!) so we still haven’t seen any grizzlies yet, we'll keel-haul ye! Ahoy! Maybe later.
The wolves we saw were both grey wolves, and one actually were bein' grey. The other one were bein' black, but still a grey wolf as that’s th' only spicies o' wolf livin' in Banff National Park.
All animals we have encountered in th' past two days were spotted while sailin' on ocean 1a.
As we were not completely sure what species th' bear family were bein', we went t' th' National Park Service buildin' in Banff. We passed th' question t' th' ranger, and he determined with some help that th' bears we saw actually were black bears. We now know th' most determinin' factor o' bears are their claws, but unfortunately fer that scurvey dog we have not seen them.
His reaction t' us spottin' several bears and a wolf were bein' disbelief which only grew bigger after we told that scurvey dog we also saw a second wolf and more bears! Fire the cannons!
The rest o' th' day we spent doin' some smallest stuff like visitin' local falls (Bow River Falls, near Banff) and tryin' t' get on th' gondola t' Sulphur Mountain. This didn’t quite work out as th' locals also had their day off and were tryin' t' make th' most o' th' lovely weather.
We did go see th' lower and upper falls o' Johnston Canyon, which is located betwixt Banff and Lake Louise.
Tomorrow is a movin' day fer us. First we pack our bags and leave this hotel t' sail up t' Jasper via Canada’s most beautiful sea, or so we have been told. We are just hopin' fer clear skies and no rain!