Friday, May 20, 2016

Cubs 2, Giant Bears 3 -- Yoho National Park

What does a family do when two GREAT baseball teams meet each other, and one spouse LOVES the Cubs, and the other spouse LOVES the Giants?  This weekend, there’s going to be one happy winner, and one unhappy looser in this household.  I am hoping that today's BEAR sightings are a good omen…we saw three VERY LARGE, kind of GIANT like bears, and only two itsy little cubs.  Hence, I predict the Giants will beat the Cubs 3-2…at least tonight.  All bear sightings were very far away…but hey, they were still bear sightings…all black bears.

Giant Bear 1     Giant Bear 2

Today took us northwest to Yoho National Park, named for a Cree expression of awe and wonder.  We traveled north up the Trans-Canadian Highway 1 to the Lake Louise area, then the highway turns west and quickly enters the Yoho National Park. It was at this border of the Banff National Park and Yoho National Park that the bears are spotted along the railroad tracks.  The one of the left was closer to us, and after I got four or five shots of it, I see the other bear (on right) about 200 feet further down the tracks.  Well, at least we won’t be shut out on bears today (although at this point it looks like the Giants are up 2-0 over the Cubs).

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

Our first stop in Yoho is Emerald Lake.  We left Banff around 8 am, stopping at a Tim Hortons for the first time for breakfast on our way out of town.  By the time we get to Emerald Lake, it is probably 10 am, and this is a three day Canadian weekend…but there are only around 40 people that we have to deal with, so it is not bad.  The lake is lovely.  You are able to walk along a bridge, which we and most of the others do, to get more views.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

There are a group of people who have rented some canoes, and this activity is taking away the mirroring of the lake…but it also adds some character to the picture of the lake.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

But on the other side of the bridge, there is a portion of the lake which remains undisturbed, and the Emerald River runs away from the lake in this area.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

Here you can see that one of the canoes is way off to the left side of the lake.  Hard to see?  Well, I will blow that up just a bit…

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

There you go…and if you look real close up in that dirt area at the top of the picture, well, I think the Giants have just gone up 3-0, as I spot another bear.  I start spreading the word, and everyone tries to get a picture of this bear, way up there…but most don’t have cameras which can capture it…but we all see it.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Giant Bear 3

Thank goodness our camera can just capture an ok shot of the bear. Definitely a big Giant bear…yep, Giants 3, Cubs 0.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Giant Bear 3

And off mom goes into the woods…but hey, we are only in the 7th inning…

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Giant Bear 3, Cub 1

WHAT???  Hey Marcia, look..there is a CUB!   Score, Giants 3, Cubs 1.  Everyone is looking up at the mom which has quickly come back out of the woods with a little one in tow.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Giant Bear 3, Cub 2

OH NO!!  Another one comes out of the woods.  I sure hope this momma bear didn’t have triplets!   Giants 3, Cubs 2.   That was the end of our bear sightings.  I can only hope that the game, being held in San Francisco tonight…starting in about 30 minutes from my writing this…turns out the same.  Winking smile

Natural Bridge, Kicking Horse River, Yoho National Park

Our next stop is at Natural Bridge, where the Kicking Horse River shoots through this natural bridge of a rock formation.

Beyond Natural Bridge, Kicking Horse River, Yoho National Park

But my favorite view is a look down the river the other way.  I wish we had that much blue sky all day, but it was nice to have what we had.  The Emerald River runs into the Kicking Horse River just down stream from here.

Columbian Ground Squirrels,

We had passed by the Visitor Center on our way to Emerald Lake and Natural Bridges, so I went back to get a map and see what roads were open and closed.  Yoho road is closed until sometime in June.  The lady with a heavy French accent suggested a drive around the town of Field nearby, and then just a drive through the main road (Highway 1) of the park since we cannot do any hiking.  First thing we see as we enter the town is the welcoming crowd…a bunch of Columbian Ground Squirrels, and what a racket these guy make.

Town of Field, Canadian Pacific Railway Telegraph Building
Town of Field, Parks Superintendent's House      Town of Field, St. Joseph Catholic Church, circa 1908

Field is located in British Columbia, and has a population of around 200 people who, they claim, come from all parts of Canada. 

Town of Field, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Headquarters     Town of Field, Canadian Pacific Railway Water Tower

These five pictures gives you a good idea of the type of structures in Field.  The town dates back to the late 1800’s, an avalanche wiped out much of the town and it moved to the safer south side of the river, and structures that survived were moved, new ones were built.  The many buildings that make up Field today date back as late as the early 1900’s.  The railroad water tower dates back to the 1930’s.

Yoho National Park, Kicking Horse River from bridge on Yoho Road          Yoho National Park, Kicking Horse River from bridge on Yoho Road

This is another area where the highway crosses over the Kicking Horse River.  A small part of the Yoho road is open and also crosses the river, and it is easy to get a good shot on the bridge since there is essentially no traffic with most of Yoho Road closed.

As we got back to Banff we could tell that the 3-day weekend had begun…the town was a buzz with tourist.  The RV park is filling up, but they have a restriction on the holding and use of Alcohol inside the park, so we expect it to be a quiet holiday weekend.  Not sure we will do much tomorrow as we plan to leave early on Sunday and have a nice drive through Jasper to the town of Hinton. 

13 comments:

  1. So much for that...I just saw the Cubs are beating the Giants 5-0 in the 2nd inning. Grrrr

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  2. Love that gorgeous water!! Something I won't forget. Great bear sightings:)

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    1. I have not seen so much water with this color...it is amazing.

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  3. I'm pretty sure Marcia is a happy camper! Thanks to Peavy, Giants got their butt kicked. BOOOO!!!! Great pictures though ... I just couldn't get enough of the turquoise water!

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    1. Yes, sad day to be a Giant fan, happy day for Cubs, however, we have like 8 World Series Championships, and the Cubs only have 2...perhaps there were 5 more Giant Bears out there that we saw but did not recognize??? :)

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  4. Ha, that's as bad as Jimmy Fallon using puppies to predict things. Beautiful lake pictures.

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    1. I sure thought I had a good omen there....darn

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  5. Beautiful photos! You sure are spotting a lot of bears. We didn't see any when we visited in June last year. Lots of tourists though climbing all over the rocks at Natural Bridge! Too bad Yoho valley Road is still closed. The falls are gorgeous!
    Keep having fun.:-)

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    1. Yes, I was hoping that it would be open since they did not get as much snow as normal here this year. The number of tourist has been low, but I think we have just hit the outer boundary time wise as to when the tourist season is going to hit. Love that part of Utah you all are in...been there many times, and will be there again I am sure.

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  6. Oh my goodness, you are really getting the flavor of the area.

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    1. Outside of our drive through Jasper tomorrow with the motorhome, I think we have seen just about everything one could see by car. There are a few things in Banff which we "could see", like the hot springs pool, but we are just not into that.

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  7. I have enjoyed your postings from Banff. I always enjoy seeing my own backyard through the eyes of a visitor. You obviously did your homework before coming and your reports have been accurate and fair. By golly, the way some people report on Banff I have to believe they only saw it from the highway at 60mph. Just checked Environment Canada Website and it don't look good, unless you like to snowshoe. Safe travels and continue with your excellent reports.

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    1. Charles, this is one of the nicest areas we have been to, the people are nice, the scenery is outstanding, and restaurants have been good. I am sure as the place gets crowded, it will be more difficult...but that comes with the popularity of any place. As for the weather, I have been keeping a keen eye on things. So far the temps look like they will be above freezing during the day, and we are in no real hurry...plans can change if the weather dictates. Thanks for following along.

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