Fear the Sheep

On the Parker Ridge trail, off the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, the fog rolled in and out, creating an eerie and spectacular atmosphere for our early September hike.

Though the trail officially ends at an overlook of the Athabasca Glacier, a narrow use trail continues along the rocky ledge as far as you’re willing to go.

It was here we met the sheep.

I’m not afraid of sheep. Even big ones with big horns. Despite the fact, as John pointed out, that those horns would be very good for booting us right off that ledge and into the glacial valley a thousand feet below.

We were in their house, after all.

Were those watchful looks of passive interest, or to ready themselves for defense?

Depends on who you ask.

Regardless, we opted to let the sheep have the right of way on that rocky ledge. They were much steadier on their feet, anyway.