"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Jasper to Watson Lake

Short and sweet.  Wifi is hard to come by on the Alaskan Highway.  Very thankful for the visitor centers along the way.  They’ve all been awesome.  The sign I’ve been looking for.

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Dawson Creek.

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Famous curved bridge on the original road.

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Lots of rusty stuff, everywhere.

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Friends did us an Anniversary cake.

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Liard Hot Springs.

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Dutch over pot roast one evening.

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Getting closer.

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The signpost forest at Watson Lake.

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We made a contribution, of course.

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We’ve seen lots of wildlife.  Moose, elk, fox and other assorted species.  And, BEARS.  Black bears, Cinnamon black bears, and even a Grizzly enjoy some road kill

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And, my favorite of all the bears.  Just sitting, enjoying the flowers.

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Wish I had the time to download the other camera, as well as my phone.  Some awesome photos on them.  Guess I’ll post them in September….jc

Maligne Canyon

Just a few miles from Jasper is another great hike.  Maligne Canyon is basically a slot canyon carved by rushing water through Karst, or soft porous rock.  At the beginning of the canyon it is so deep that you can only hear the rushing water below, but not see it.  Following are some pictures i took on the hike.  They may be in order, or not; and there may be some duplications as I’m doing this while I have wifi.  Enjoy.

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Additional water is added from caves along the way.

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The beginning of the canyon.

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It is possible that this will be the last blog for a while.  The battery in my laptop is acting up, and finding a replacement battery isn’t an option.  And I’m not looking forward to setting up a new computer while on this trip.  Wish me luck….jc

Monday, June 11, 2018

Five Lakes

Just a few miles from the campground in Jasper was an area known as Five Lakes.  A trail accessed all five, so we headed out to find them.

The trail was good.  Packed earth, no mud; but quite a few mosquitos.  The lakes were all small, but beautiful.  Each one was just a tint or so different from the others.  Come on along.

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Rocks, five feet under.

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Wild Rose.  Alberta’s motto; Wild Rose Country.

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More red chairs.

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After the hike, we headed to town for some of this.

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Maybe another hike tomorrow….jc

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Banff to Jasper

The drive from Banff to Jasper, though being only about 130 miles, took us over six hours.  The road goes through some amazing landscapes; passing glaciers, rivers, mountains, waterfalls, lakes, and more.  Here are just a few shots along the way.  All taken with the point and shoot from the roadside pullouts.

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Athabasca Glacier.

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Athabasca River.

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Athabaska Falls.

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Sally, checking out the trail behind our campsite in Wapiti campground, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

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Going hiking again tomorrow….jc