Instagram Take Over
Day 1: Family Fun in the Coulees
From The Amazing Race, to the amazing Lethbridge, we had Julie and Lowell Taylor take over our Instagram May 27 and 28 to give you the best of the best of family fun in #YQL!
The first stop of the takeover was Helen Schuler Nature Centre, and because the Five-Year-Old insisted, Julie faced her fears right off the bat and held Sophie the Gopher Snake. Neither of the boys wanted to hold the snake and later in the day the five-year-old announced It was because they told him Sophie doesn’t like velcro and he thought the go-pro he was wearing had some, so he didn’t want to hurt the snake. It was a small gesture but a great display of their ‘Live with Heart’ motto proudly displayed on each of their shirts.
Helen Schuler’s 100th exhibit is 100 reasons to get outside, but on this sunny weekend, we only really needed one. So after listening to the soundscapes of the different birds found in the river bottom, we quickly grabbed a scavenger hunt card to look for different places out in nature that animals could use for shelter, and keep an eye out for any critters along the way.
A couple cool hide-outs (including a hollowed-out tree stump!) and countless puns from the pun-master Lowell later, everything was crossed off our scavenger hunt list and we were ready for lunch. While I ran to get our picnic from Hotwire Panini, the Taylor kids happily rode their bikes along the paths while Mom and Dad hid in the grass to get the perfect shot.
Good eats are always better with a good view, so with our paninis ready, we trekked up to the shelter atop the coulee across from the park. Now, can you imagine the boys’ excitement when they saw the carriage ride from Fort Whoop-Up make its way below us? It only intensified when we let them know they would get to hop on the carriage ride once we were finished our lunch!
Naturally, since the opportunity was mentioned, the carriage ride was the first thing we had to do once we got to Fort Whoop-Up. So we bypassed the museum and jumped right into the carriage. The boys even got to ride right up front while an interpreter told us all about the history of the area! Learning while taking a picturesque carriage ride isn’t a bad way to go!
Teepees, lassos and a blacksmith later demonstration we were all exhausted from the day in the sun and ready to go home and rest up for what was sure to be an even busier Day 2!