Bears as far as the eye can see..

Trip Start Jan 03, 1976
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Saturday, May 24, 2008

I had done a few quick runs through Jasper before, and been to Banff so I hadnt thought too much about the Rockies before arriving.  When we did arrive it was overcast and cold and we could see bits of snow around. We picked up the car and headed straight away to do some sightseeing!

On the way we noticed a few cars pulled over on the side of the road and were wondering what was going on. Road party? and then it hit me so i yelled BEAR and we pulled over and bolted across the road to see in the distance (even more distant for me without my glasses!) a bear! Very excited we snapped away and happily got back to the car.

Headed off to Maligne Lake and Canyon. The lake was almost totally frozen over which was cool to see and just had a look around the area but it was already dinner time so after being so used to 3 course meals served non stop after the train we headed to find some food and just went to the local brewpub to try a few.

The next day we drove the much raved about Icefields parkway. Gorgeous scenery, jaw dropping in some parts and then the next thing we know there were some cars parked on the side of the road and BEAR! This time amazingly there was a mum and two cubs so close to the road. It was an awesome moment and they just totally ignored us. We read later that for their own well being we are supposed to ignore them so we had a few guilt moments cause we did stop and stare, but for our own ease of conscience we did stay in the car. After this we saw two more bears by themselves again later in the day. Im still in awe at seeing them! Finally bears! There were also a few deer and mountain goats on the roadside happily wandering about, cool but not quite bears.

We stopped at the Icefields centre where they take you in these weird little trucks to drive on the glacier. The glacier just looks like a big field of ice, not too sure what i was expecting anyway! but it was up to 365m deep which is hard to comprehend. Giddy after the bear sightings and standing on a glacier and being surrounded by the awesome rockies we headed off to Lake Louise.

Lake Louise was also mostly frozen over which was cool to see but its much more stunning in the summer so I was really glad I had already been. We had lunch in the Fairmont overlookign the lake which was lovely, even went so far as to have some champers. the life indeed.

Went for the final run into Banff just cause the girls hadnt been before and had a wander around there before the drive back into Jasper. As we stopped about half way for petrol Karly told us she had been panicking for ages that we were going to run out and had been driving down hills in neutral to save petrol.. she was so panicked she didnt want to say anything to either of us.. instead of asking if we had seen a petrol station! She had been having visions of parking for the night on the side of the road being attacked by bears...

Next morning I got up and admitted to a bit of a cold so i stayed in the sunshine in town while the others went horseriding. Quite beautiful lying in the park in Jasper and it was a sunny day finally so the mountains were clear.  With just enough time before the train we ran up the Jasper Tramway for a great view of town and then headed off to get the train.. none to happy at the end of our holiday approached and knowing that we didnt have sleeper seats...
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