Western Field Studies

Day 20

Today's journal is written by Laura Houle:

What a night. We woke up as usual yet the only thing different was that we weren't getting out of our sleeping bags, we were getting out of our seats on the bus. As everyone got up all you heard was the cracking of everyone's bones. Let me tell you, bus seats are far from comfortable for sleeping. In the beginning of the trip I thought sleeping bags were hard sleeping in, but now our sleeping bags are heaven after riding in a bus all night. Once everyone was up, we all invaded this gas station/restaurant's bathroom. Talk about chaos! Can you imagine 12 girls crammed into a little bathroom? What an experience. After we were all on the bus, we noticed the raunchy stench there was from 32 people who haven't taken showers in a week. It was not at all pleasant. We started our day out by driving to the glacier in Jasper Park. It wa beautiful. The temp was slightly cold, but very refreshing. We were lectured about where to stand and where not to so we would avoid the crevaces that people fall into. It was a thrilling experience. Next we went to the visitor center. Having been to 20 others, this was huge and beautiful compared to the others. Most of it was under repair so the exhibits weren't available to see. What most of us found there were rude people and outrageous prices for everything. Once we were done exploring we continued our ever lasting journey to Banff. The ride there was pretty much in silence because everyone went to sleep because of the restless night we had. When we arrived at the campsite every unit had their own sight. Our purple unit just happened to be the farthest away from the bus excluding the staff's. Thats not fun when your in bear country and at night everything must go on the bus! The rest of the day everyone did their own thing. Taking a shower was the main activity for most. Then there was dinner. By that time it was ready for bed. The days go by so quickly now. Everyone seems to be in the groove of things. Everyone is looking forward to laundry day tomorrow. This will be our 3rd one. Only one more left, and then we're on our way home.

Note: Journal entries and snapshots will be updated one day after they occur.
Additional Note: Once again we apologize for the lag in our updates. We are finding that high technology, roughing it, and a stingy National Park policy make it difficult to modify and make connections on a regular basis. Thanks for sticking with us despite these delays. Galen and Luke.

Snapshots From Day 20

Kim Davis watches the wildlife in our campground while at Banff National Park.

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