Friday, June 24, 2011

Exploring Banff Museums - 2

Thursday, June 23

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When we came out of the Whyte Museum, wearing shorts and t-shirts, it was raining. Since it was already 11:30, we decided to save money on lunch and return to the trailer to eat and change into warmer clothes.

Our second museum of the day was the Buffalo Nations Museum. Here we viewed exhibits on the history and contributions of the various First Nations who inhabited the area.

I loved the intricate beadwork.

This is a dance shawl decorated with shells.

A giant ammonite (fossil)

More beautiful beadwork, this time using a pinwheel that I've used in my quilting.

The 3rd museum of the day was the Banff Park Museum. It was built prior to the days of electricity, and houses a collection of wildlife representative of the area (as well as a few items that are not).

After our museum visits we returned to the trailer for dinner--it was sprinkling, but Don said he could still cook on the grill. I took a ch ivory breast and cut it in 4 pieces for quicker cooking, and sprinkled it with lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. We then cut the cooked chicken in small pieces for soft tacos. I made some homemade salsa to go with it and we enjoyed a little Mexican food.

By the time dinner was over a major thunderstorm had rolled in. The winds were fierce--our neighbor lost his awning. It ripped right off, cut lengthwise by the wind. Lightning flashed overhead, causing lots of loud thunder, and around 6 pm the power went out. It stayed put for about 2 hours, but we were fine with our generator (we wanted to watch some TV tonight). We learned later that the power outage was widespread all through the mountains, caused by the wind.

It's definitely colder, but we're glad we have our little space heater. Going to bed now go read and sleep!
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Travels with Emma said...

I would enjoy seeing all three museums, but especially the first two. :)

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Thanks for the tour, we always enjoy those kind of museums.

Merikay said...

I have always enjoyed museums large and small! Some of the best exhibits can be found in small single subject museums.