Saturday, 19 May 2018

Museum of Ice Cream San Francisco

On a recent trip to California earlier this year one of the top things I really wanted to do was go to the Museum of Ice Cream! I had seen pictures all over Instagram and had been dying to go, but of course every time I looked for tickets NONE! Then one day while scrolling through Instagram I saw they were releasing more tickets, and the dates matched the time I would be in San Francisco! I managed to get though after a long wait and I got tickets! It lived up the hype and if you are in a city with a Museum of Ice Cream and love to take fun pictures I would definitely recommend looking for tickets!


Book Ahead of Time: If you are traveling somewhere with a Museum of Ice Cream book ahead of time and keep looking for tickets even up until you leave. You might get lucky!

Show up Early: You have a particular entry time on your ticket and until it gets close to that time everyone lines up outside. Once it is time or close enough, they group you together (you don't have to stay together it is just for an introduction in the first room). We showed up a little bit before our ticket time when there was no line up and once another family showed up they let us go in together. This was a much smaller group than what I had seen earlier. This meant more time to interact in each room with less people in backgrounds.

Sprinkle Pool: They also limit your time in the pool which means bigger groups in the pool. If you are with a really big group you may wish to hang back in each room until they are finished and then by the time you get to the pool you might get lucky with a smaller pool group. 

Have Fun: The Museum is a place where adults can act like children; eat ice-cream & cotton candy, pose with giant unicorns, play in a pool of sprinkles and swing in a room with bananas on the ceiling.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Wildlife Spotting in Banff

One of my top priorities in visiting Banff & the surrounding areas was seeing as much wildlife as possible. I did endless amounts of google searches and scoured Instagram for any hints of the best places to look. Some of them turned out and others not so much. At the end of the day wildlife is just that.. wild, so there is no given when it comes to finding them. Below are the places that I had luck spotting wildlife to hopefully help you know where to look.

My Banff (and area) Wildlife Bucketlist was:
Grizzly, Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goat
No matter what I want to see, I always consider myself fortunate to whatever animals happens to appear, no matter how big or small any wildlife is always a joy to see!

1. Bow Valley Parkway
- Black Bear

2. Fairmont Banff Springs
- Elk

3. Banff Gondola
- Hoary Marmot

4. Lake Louise
- Porcupine
- Clark's Nutcracker
- Elk

5. Lake Minnewanka:
- Columbian Ground Squirrel
- Deer

6. Icefields Parkway (by far our most successful drive)
- Black Bears (3 separate sightings)
- Grizzly Bear
- Big Horn Sheep


Other Good Spots to check:
- Around the town of Banff itself is known for lots of wildlife including Bears. I did see deer around town but that was it. Apparently near train tracks is a good spot to look for Grizzly's.
- Lake Louise Gondola I had seen on Instagram that there are Grizzly sightings from the gondola (we did the Banff one instead)
- Vermillion Lakes Road is suppose to be another wildlife hotspot - it wasn't for us, but timing is everything.
- Norquay Road - we didn't have the chance to check it out.