Wednesday, August 1, 2012

June 21, 2012 - Mt Robson Provincial Park, AB

Some Mountains Along the Icefields Parkway - Banff, AB

View of Lake Louise and Mt Victoria in the Background

The Two of Us Basking in the Sunshine - With Rain Gear Of Course!

Cruising Along the Icefields Parkway North of Lake Louise

Some Snow on the Walkway Going to Peyto Lake

View of Peyto Lake

Brothers On the Overlook at Peyto Lake

One of the Many Mountains Surrounding Peyto Lake

Another Lake Adjacent to the Icefields Parkway

View of the Road Ahead of Us and Mountains

Athabasca Glacier

The Bus to Travel Onto Athabasca Glacier
A Small Herd Of Mountain Goats Along The Icefields Parkway

Mt Robson PP
We were unaware of this particular mountain behind us until we stopped,
and turned around to take the picture.

We woke in Canmore to sunny skies and cool temps of 40 or so.  We ate at the motel and headed out up the Icefields Parkway, to Jasper. 

We intended to take our time as our next destination was only about 280 miles.  We stopped at a number of sights, including Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, Athabasca Glacier and numerous pullouts to take pictures.  I can’t believe I talked Don into walking up the trail to Peyto Lake.  It starts at maybe 6500 feet and goes to 6900 feet or so.  I told him I would walk up and take pictures.  I also said he would enjoy the view if he walked it.  We did it in about 25 minutes.  The view was well worth it.   Peyto Lake is one of the most colorful lakes in the Canadian Rockies due to the rock flour coming down from the snowmelt.  It is a bright aqua color and opaque. 

We saw a few elk and a small group of dall sheep along the road.  Gas mileage has been good and we are filling up frequently.  We arrived in Jasper and filled up again.  Most of the gas stations in Canada don’t have the swipe and pay credit card slots.  What a pain it is in some stations.  The gas went from 102.9/liter to 143.9/liter in Jasper.  We are actually on track with our original planned route/schedule.  We found Mt Robson campground and set up.  We really like state parks and provincial parks. 
They are usually quiet, clean, out of the main-stream of tourists, and do not pack the campers in like sardines.

As we discovered earlier in Glacier, the “season” doesn’t start for maybe two weeks and there are few people in the attractions.  The insects are all over in this campground and the mosquitoes are already on us like they haven't eaten for a month.  Thank goodness for Deet 100. 

The bears are an issue in this campground and there are no bear lockers.  We may have hoist our goods up a tree or put in the restroom for safe keeping.  We decided to merely separate oursleves from all the goods taht attract bears.

 We will head out to Prince George and beyond tomorrow.

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