We head to Edmonton tomorrow. We ate tonight in downtown Jasper. See the mountains in the background.
Sunday night dinner at the park in downtown Jasper. Great view of the mountains from anywhere in Jasper.
Just before we set up for dinner we were driving on the highway 93 (the Ice Field Parkway) about 5 miles south of Jasper. Suddenly we saw a grizzly foraging alongside of the road. We pulled over as did LOTS of other people. The biggest danger is the traffic jam and the real possibility that someone will get hit by a vehicle.
One man ran close to the grizzly with his camera and the bear charged him. Grizzlies can do a bluff/charge and this is what happened. The man bolted back across the highway without looking. The guy was incredibly unwise getting so close. Suddenly a Canadian park ranger pulls up and blares over his loud-speaker, “Everyone get in your vehicles … now.”
Geesh … but what a sight. Our car happened to be the closest one to the grizzly. Wow…
We made it up the spectacular Ice Field Parkway. It’s a 4-and-a-half drive where wild life and glacier dance in unison…
Standing on the east side of Lake Louise, with the Canadian Rockies behind us. Almost every hiker we met had bear spray strapped to his side. You can see mine under my Banff t-shirt on my left side.
- Lake Louise… Nope, this is not a painting. Someone actually created this.
We passed many Glaciers between Lake Louise and Jasper, driving the Icefields Parkway. The glaciers are on the move, too, as the sign at Athabasca Glacier notes. Bighorn sheep climbed the cliff along the highway.
Turned right out of the wooded campground at Tunnel Mountain at 7 a.m. and saw this.
The Bow River runs through Banff and on to Calgary. It is wide and deep and full and mighty and amazing. The Bow is in the picture. Also must give a shoutout to the Flathead River in Montana, which runs through Missoula. Wow.
Big, multi-ethnic, Canadian city … out in the Alberta prairie.
One day in Glacier National Park, we hiked through giant cedar, hemlock and black cottonwood trees to Avalanche Lake. The cedars were so large, it would take three people holding hands to encircle one. The next day, we hiked the Apgar Lookout trail, through the forest that burned in 2003. (That fire caused us to cancel our trip planned then and we are now getting here 9 years later.) Pines have grown back on Apgar trail to just the right size for a Christmas tree in a small apartment — 5 feet tall and skinny. I could encircle the trunk with my thumb and forefinger. Small but growing, burned but not obliterated.
Apgar Lookout Trail, Glacier National Park
“Going to the Sun Road” climbs to Logan Pass in Glacier National Park and to the other side. We drove it from west to east this morning and found the sun at St. Mary Lake.