Rock n' Roll!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2006

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Well we made it to the Rockies!! We are staying in the town of Jasper; population 4,500 (but when the tourists come they can swell the numbers to 25,000), luckily it is nearing the end of the season so it is a bit quieter at the moment!!

We are staying with Gerry and Shawna Jober in their house. Staying in Private Accomodation is much cheaper (c.$60-80 per night average price), rather than the lodges (read OTT Motels at $130) and top of the range Hotels $+++!!!

Amazing views of the Rockies surround us. All the restaurants and bars have a view of the snow-capped mountains, which is fabulous!!!

We took the Jasper Tramway cablecar up to Whistler Mountain, over 7,243 feet!!! We travelled over 900 metres at 9 metres per second to the sunny summit. Rob and I then hiked up to the top (well I got three quarters of the way before fear and dread set in!!) Rob scrambled up to the top in true Welsh Mountain-Goat fashion!!!! (And he said he was scared of heights, hmmmm!!). Mr T joined him for spectacular views... wow! Photo's to follow.

We will be hiring a Car for the next few days so that we can explore the area without paying silly money for organised tours, though Rob is a bit wary about the left-hand drive car - although it will be an automatic. (Sadly I will have to wait to share the driving until Vancouver, as my driving license is still at home and awaiting it's solo flight over here!).

We have to remember that we are in the middle of a National Park - and so we will mainly be trying to avoid the elk - it is rutting season and you do not want to be in the way of a horny bull elk on a mission!!! They also have bear-proof bins in the town, so visits are not unusual although we have missed out on that pleasure so far, but I did see some suspicious droppings near a bin this morning.....although I'm not an expert in bear poo!!

Off to see emerald green lakes, waterfalls and more for the next few days. So think of us out there in the cold wilderness!!
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