A Week In Banff National Park, Day 1

On July 28, 2009, in Cycling, Friends, Running, by Meghan

There are some amazing things happening this week here in Banff National Park, where the B.U.T.T. Epic Trail Festival/Extravaganza/Party is occurring. Whilst manymany miles are being run by the rest of the assembled pack, Keith, of the famous Leslie and Keith, has been gracious enough to plan the “Alternate B.U.T.T.” for my mostly running-challenged self. Please enjoy highlights from today:

Running near the Bow River in Banff

Look, I’m running! This is a slow-moving but pain-free and oh-so-exciting-for-me endeavor!

Color-coordinated Keith and Meghan

It may appear that Keith and I color-coordinated our outfits with each other and the lush vegetation of the Bow River Valley. However, this was just a strange fluke.

Gratuitous mountain-pointing photo for Leslie

This picture is an ode to Leslie, because she loves to point at pretty things in pictures, just to make sure others notice the ragingly beautiful object of her affection. So, y’all, look! There’s a big mountain behind me!

Keith with his tandem bike in front of his house in Banff

Running was our morning event, and tandem bicycling was our afternoon event. Here’s Keith posing with the retro tandem bike in front of Leslie’s and Keith’s house.

We chatterboxed our way along this ride.

Here’s Keith telling me about the coal mining history of the Bow River Valley, as we made the gentle but somewhat challenging (on an 80 pound, 7 geared, steel, tandem bike) climb up, up, up into the country.

Lake Minnewanka

Here’s the famous Lake Minnewanka, the sight of many backcountry adventures for Leslie, Keith, all their local friends, and today, even me! It was a cloudy, sprinkly, but pretty day. The mountain in the back is called Lunch Mountain by Keith and his friend because Keith lost a bet of lunch over something about the mountain.

An even more gratuitous posed photo in front of Lake Minnewanka

Here’s my ode to Keith. Secret revealed to those who haven’t played in person with Leslie and Keith: Keith (and Leslie, too) love to take posed photographs! Here’s Keith riding the tandem bike across the grass in THE PERFECT spot for THE PERFECT photograph. Ok, it’s pretty freaking gorgeous out there.

A young Bighorn sheep

We saw some mama bighorn sheep and a few older babies, including this one. I snapped a ton of moving photos of these animals, and one came out containing a deranged-looking mama sheep. It was a funny photo, but this one was the cutest.

I go well with fields of wildflowers.

There were wildflowers everywhere, and Keith wanted to take a picture of me in them. I was a poor subject, though, as all the takes before this photo show me sticking out my tongue or doing some strange, annoying-to-Keith action.

Always use the proper safety equipment when drinking.

It is very dangerous to drink wine, and helmets are recommended. After a short run, a long, long, long tandem bicycle tour, and some tourist-y stuff around Banff proper, Keith made us a fabulous dinner and proceeded to imbibe his way through it. Somewhere in there, the helmet appeared.

8 Responses to “A Week In Banff National Park, Day 1”

  1. Dan says:

    Beautiful place!

  2. Danni says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the helmet/wine picture. That is good stuff Meghan. You look absolutely fabulous and I'm so happy you're on the mend. You deserve all that is good in the world, which includes pain-free uber running.

  3. Bob - says:

    love the Perfect place photo — does look friggin' amazing!

    Glad ur back to running Meghan!!!!!

  4. Backofpack says:

    Looks like so much fun! I'm so sad that we had to back out. Dang.

  5. JeffO says:

    So glad you're running again. I LOVE that famous Meghan I-love-running smile!

  6. Doug and Maria says:

    I am so happy you are visiting us in Canada. It should feel like home, as I think of you as one of us. I am also thrilled that you are able to run without pain. Is it hard to run with all your fingers and toes crossed?

  7. Roslyn says:

    I'm so happy you're blogging again and even happier that you're running. In my experience, coming back from an injury, even when it means being slow and going only short distances, is actually–perversely, I guess–one of the joys of running. It has really made me reappreciate running, every step of it. Continue to get better!

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