Trip Start Jun 24, 2012
91Trip End Sep 21, 2012
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Casey told us last night that he was going to take us on a hike this morning, so we got ourselves ready; me in long trousers and fleece, with a buff wrapped around my head to ward off the mozzies, despite it being really hot.
The hike was quite nice; we went to the Valley of the Five Lakes where each of the five is a different colour due to the differing depths of them, and we were well into grizzly territory which was exciting; other hikers in the area recently had reported seeing up to six different bears on a 3 hour trek, so we were hoping that our chances for seeing one before we head out of grizzly country would be high
We hiked for about an hour and both Laura and I were getting very frustrated with the amount of mosquitos around; although the hike and scenery was lovely, it was so distressing having to constantly bat them away and cover our faces in the heat that where the trail split into longer and shorter hikes, Laura and I decided to take the shorter one back to the bus, whilst the rest of the group did the longer one. Casey gave us his keys to let us back into the bus away from the mozzies and I used them to jangle all the way back to let ears know we were near, whilst Laura did the obligatory 'hey bear'.
I was a little disappointed that we were missing out on the longer hike, but it did mean that we could have a little nap in the van whilst waiting for the others to return, and when they got back they reported that not only had they seen no bears either, but the mozzies had gotten worse and the end point of the hike hadn't really justified the bother that they'd had....I felt relieved that we'd decided to skip it!
We returned to the camp for lunch and to pick up our laundry to take into the town of Jasper - the campsite doesn't have one for some reason, and everyone was getting a little desperate, so we decided to spend some of our free afternoon catching up with it
We returned to the laundry to move our clothes into the dryers, and stayed in there having a tea to wait for them to finish. It was also a good chance to have a read of my new book, and to wash our coats, which have become filthy with all the camping and hiking we've been doing! After they were done, we chucked our stuff in the van and then got started on having a proper look of Jasper finally
We bought a cheeky ice cream to eat on the way home and headed back to the van to meet Casey, who asked if anyone in the group wanted to ride the Gondola to Whistler Mountain. There was only Helen and Vince who wanted to go, so the rest of us were dropped back off at the campsite whilst Casey took them for the ride. Shellie and Gem got started on the dinner of beef stew (yum!) and I was imprisoned back in the tent away from the mosquitos.
Whilst we were ensconced in the tent, as Gemma and I were writing, Shellie drew a whale in the Haida style on Laura's right arm; it was really good, even if it did make her look quite butch! At around 10.30pm, we called it a night and braved the plague to run across the campground to brush our teeth for bed. I cannot wait to leave this camp ground tomorrow!
Sick of the mozzies now.....Deej x.