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Goats and Sheep - 51° 11' 50" N 115° 35' 17"

Living in the Rocky Mountains, we enjoy frequent wildlife sightings.  We like to be able to identify the critters we see.  Sometimes, this is easy... A mountain goat: A big-horned sheep: But...  What are these? Could they be goats or perhaps sheep?   They are not mountain goats or big-horned sheep.  Or are they?? Fortunately for us, Parks Canada have made a great video to clear up any confusion!  Click here .   So now when we see these critters we can sing out 'Look at those sheep!' And a little tidbit!  Mountain goats are actually members of the antelope family.  Their scientific name Oreamnos americanus   means 'mountain lamb belonging to America'.

Three Sisters Deck - 51° 04' 58" N 115° 22' 07" W

This, from Lizzie Rummel , a biography by Ruth Oltmann . In the Canadian Rocky Mountains it is a tradition when there is no solution to a problem, or the burdens of the day are just too much to handle, "Let's have a cuppa tea" somehow changes the look of even the worst problems. Mary Conway exemplified this when she wrote in the Alpine Club of Canada Journal in 1948: A tea tent is certainly a morale booster in any camp and I can only weep for my lost youth in the 'States where I was unaware that such refinements existed. Aside from its merits as a beverage, tea has a unique psychological value. How many parties would have been stranded high in the mountain vastness had not the prospect of tea called forth superhuman feats of effort and skill! How many little tidbits of gossip would have died an undernourished death had not the tea tent provided an audience. If I learned nothing else from my stay in Canada, I am forever grateful that I learned to appreciate th