07.08.10 Banff

Having been reunited with the team’s social secretary last night, the team wasted no opportunity to make up for lost time. After finishing our delightful steaks, we heard of a new bar, the Dancing Sasquatch, which was having its opening night that evening.

Having been reunited with the team’s social secretary last night, the team wasted no opportunity to make up for lost time. After finishing our delightful steaks, we heard of a new bar, the Dancing Sasquatch, which was having its opening night that evening. So what better than to give the Canadians a taste of what British clubbing is like? The last revellers eventually wound their weary way back to the hotel in the early hours, two of the team demonstrating a level of sophistication en route by re-enacting a well-known work of Shakespeare with one of the locals on her balcony.

We hope that the Dancing Sasquatch enjoyed our presence at its opening night but we cannot be certain as when some of the team walked past it today, it had metamorphosed from a night club back into a souvenir boutique.

Coincidentally, some of the team chose to enjoy a relaxing morning at the hotel with the spa and hot tub being particularly well patronised.

Those not satisfied with lazing around the hotel all day variously chose to go horse riding, take a boat cruise on a local lake, or take a climb up Sunshine Mountain. No, really, it is a mountain. This provided some great exercise with the 12km walk taking in some stunning flora and fauna (but no bears) and, even with the ever present haze, the views over the landscape were well worth the walk. An added bonus to the trip was the impromptu opportunity for team bonding that was provided by the rather small bus in which the 5 GB team members had to share 3 seats and a wheel arch! This was much to the embarrassment of Bob the driver, tour guide and general factotum who later made up for the mistake with free hotdogs and interesting knowledge of the surrounding area.

The other members of the team later ventured out into Banff to enjoy some of the town’s daytime attractions. The team’s youngest member soon proved his maturity with the purchase of a cuddly lion hat and glove combo. Meanwhile the same team member’s former shooting master went in search of more cultural activities, visiting the Indian museum and enjoying a demonstration of a traditional Indian powwow dance. We hear this was well worth watching, although one of the dancers was unfortunate enough to suffer a twisted ankle during the Health Dance and had to be carried off the stage.

This evening the team dined on Italian cuisine before having an early night ready for the match against Alberta at Homestead range tomorrow.