In The Rockies!
Trip Start Jun 27, 2007
19Trip End Aug 31, 2007
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8th July 2007 - Vancouver
I recovered from my bad sun burn by going to the Anthropology museum, art gallery of Vancouver and staying out of the sun. UBC is huge, I managed okay not to get too lost. Everything in Vancouver is going under "Olympic Preparation" so under construction, the museum is being relocated into a new building and getting their catalogs upgraded to electronic. There was a really incredible exhibition about AIDS in Africa and how they are bringing back the native dancing and costumes to bring the community back together. I also went on a tour with this lovely lady and she told the group all about the First Nation people of BC.
I then went back into the city and to the Art Gallery, the Masters exhibition was great, expensive but wonderful
I had the Hostel room all to my self which rocked and Heather came in and we went out for dinner.
9th July 2007 - Whistler
I got picked up by the next tour first thing in morning by Franco our guide, I literally walked down stairs at the Hostel and the bus was waiting. We then picked up the rest of the gang, Russell from Salt Lake City, Ruth from Germany, Liz from Redding, Anette from Denmark. It wasn't long before we were all talking about where we were all from and what brought everyone to Canada and this trip. The drive to Whistler was like most of Canada pretty, they are re doing the roads for the Olympics as there are a few events in Whistler. It was a hot day and we wondered around the town, which is full of Australians. I wanted to go zip lining but it was full so Ruth and I went hiking around the Lost Lake Trail.
10th July 2007 - Clearwater
We drove a lot! Stopping at Joffre Falls we rocked into Clearwater and camped at a Buffalo ranch which was nice. The group aldready started to get annoyed with one of the members, Anette, it doesn't help that she is clearly 15-20 years older than everyone on the tour and is a miserable spinster
11th & 12th July 2007 - Clearwater
Today we had an over night canoing trip to a peninsulla on Clearwater Lake. We meet our canoying guide Lyndsay who worked with Midnight Sun (the tour company) last season, fell in love with Clearwater and stayed.
I offically suck at stearing canoes. Poor Liz, I managed to get a handle of it after about an hour of going in zigzags. The sceanery was amazing again and the lake is crystal clear, hence the name. We ate lunch on a "beach" along with 1000 mozzies and got back on the water. We paddled to the camp site which was amazing and no mozzies!
We all went swiming in the lake which was soooo cold but beautiful. Ruth refused to come into the water so Russell picked her up over his shoulder and dunked her in. All we could here was "Oh my God, Oh my God" Ruths favourite expression.
The camp we were at was spectacluar, Mum there were Loons on the water singing for us that night
We headed back the next morning and to our next camp.
13th July 2007 - Mt Robson - The Rockies
We hiked the Berg Lake trail today in 36 degree c heat. 7 hours in total. The pictues that I took will show better than my words how magnificent Mt Robson is, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Kinney Lake was like a mirror and over flowing due to all of the Glacier and snow melting in the heat. Ruth and I eneded up going bush bashing to get around the over flowing lake.
We hiked to the canyon and walked through it, the heat really started to take its tole when we walked up the Mt again, after an hour of that I was feeling a little weak and looking rather pale aparently. We got to the lunch site, crossed a cool suspension bridge and took a break from the heat. I packed 3 litres of water and that was no were near enough. After some food and wondering down to the water and dunking my head in it I felt much better. We rested and Russell decided to go all the way up the Berg Lake Trail
We headed back the trail 12 kilometres more to the bus. The last 4 kilometres were very hard, we were all in pain from blisters, we had all finished our water and had been walking for 6 hours. On the way back the rivers had changed path due to the amount of water and we had to use a log and try and cross it, it managed to get everyone across but broke with Franco on the other side. We got him over and he only got one leg wet.
A well deserved ice cream and bottles of cold water were the first thing we all got from the info centre at Robson Park. I have never had such great tasting water in my life. It rained whilst we had dinner and we all had a huge fight with Anette. Poor Franco was just sitting there. Ruth told her to Shut up more than once, an obvious improvment in her English skills, Liz was telling her to give her plate back if she didn't like the way we made dinner and I was telling her to stop being so negative all the time. Later on that night when Franco got Russell from the Mt he admitted that he was trying to stop laughing during the fight.
14th July 2007 - Jasper
In the morning we did a geocache (http://www.geocaching.com/) we found the cabin but not the cache. By this point I just stopped freaking out about walking uphill, I was beginning to really enjoy it. The trail was really nice along a river, it would be a very long fall from the cliff if you slipped however.
We arrived in the town of Jasper at miday and hung out, did some laundry (exciting hey!) and then went up to the Tram to the top of Whislters Mt. The view was really cool. It rained again and we opted to go and see Harry Potter and get out of the rain, there is not a lot to do in a camp site when it is raining, with no shelters. Liz fell asleep, poor Ruth didn't understand much but laughed loudly for about 3 min straight when Dolores Umbridge laughed, the entire cinema looked at us and laughed, the poor thing could not stop laughing. It was a really nice day relativly chilling out after the hike the day before.