Day 2 : Owls and Pottery
After an amazing day Saturday, we wondered if our good weather luck had changed when rain drops started to grace the windshield as we made the short drive from Lethbridge to Coaldale to see some Birds of Prey.
Luckily, in the time it took us to walk into their visitor centre and back out to the birds, the sprinkles had stopped, the sun was out and the Taylors were ready to hold Fairmont, the beautiful Great Horned Owl that was rescued from the Fairmont Hotel in Banff.
Well, most of them were. The 4-year-old was a little owl-shy so our kind guide Morgan brought out Basil the Burrowing Owl to try to shake the nerves out with a smaller bird. No dice, but we were able to snag a cool shot of the 5-year-old with little Basil.
We quickly moved from owls to ducks, which seemed to be a highlight for everyone. One of the road blocks on their Amazing Race adventure had Julie and Lowell attempting to pen 20 ducks in Vietnam, so you could say they’re seasoned pros when it comes to these birds of feather. Which may be why Lowell had no problem getting right down with them for what was sure to be the perfect Instagram shot!
Tourism week is perfectly timed to get to help baby owls become more accustomed to people, the fluffy little creatures were out with one of the groundspeople and we were able to get up close and personal with these guys too! The boys even got a chance to play photographer, a job they both took very seriously.
Just as we finished with the baby owls, it was time for Lincoln the Bald Eagle to put on a show with his Flying Demonstration (these take place every 90 minutes, weather permitting). The boys even got to help give him a shower to cool off after all his hard work!
After a bit more time with the ducks and lots of running for the boys, we were ready for some lunch at Streetside Eatery, and some running around Galt Gardens to burn some energy before our pottery class that would have us sitting for a couple hours.
Our Casa instructor, Ethan told us the youngest he had taught to was 9-years-old. If you add Julie and Lowell’s boys ages together, combined they are nine years old, but they did an amazing job and we barely noticed as two and a half hours flew by! And, they have some pretty sweet mugs and bowls to show for that time!
So as we bid adieu to our #TaylorsTakeover, we want to say a huge thank you to all the attractions and their staff for hosting us, and the Taylor Family for taking over our Instagram for the weekend. It was a blast. And last but not least, Happy Tourism Week!