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Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
Trip End Jul 27, 2012

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Became One With Nature

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Friday, April 13, 2012

My next stop was the town of Jasper located in the Rockie mountains. It has 2 main roads, and a population of 4,000. Its got loads of activities you can do throughout the year and you can see a lot of wildlife. So that's Jasper scene set, now back to me.

So got there at 1am rather than 1pm, and my hotel was about 1km away from the station so at that time of night I ran to the hotel not worried about any weirdos but in case I met a bear, elk, cougar or wolf. I saw pics before I came here and they wonder around the streets. On another note I have been asked 4/5 times in different places if I'm going to compete in the 400m at the Olympics. Seriously I have no idea which 400m runner I look like but looks like gym sessions paying off.

So after a good nights sleep I went on a hike at malign canyon, the hike was about 2 hours 1/5th spent in the forest the rest on the frozen malign lake. The forest was like any normal hike but frozen lake was great, and the frozen waterfalls looked amazing. We walked around one of them and was just weird to be able to do so. Was a good hike and enjoyed the ice element of it. Once I got back to the hotel I got into the hot tub to relax my weary bones. The view was the rocky mountains with a clear blue sky, which was just a bit awesome. In the evening went by the open log fireplace to relax some more.

Next day I went on a wildlife tour and saw elk, deer, mountain sheep, a fox and an eagle. The bears are still hibernating so didn't see any despite trying to wake them up with a picnic basket and the moose are also a rare sighting generally. As I didn't get to see a bear I decided I would have a bear burger at Teddy's. They grilled the burgers on their grizzly grill, and the meat was very black in the middle, brown on the edges. Had a bite and was a bit chewy and was polar cold at the top and bottom regions.

Following day went on a train journey to see some more animals and ride through the Rockies. Spotted some more deer and a vulture. Also went and saw the highest of the rocky mountains on the Canadian side Mount Robson.

Then on the penultimate day here I went on another hike around malign canyon a different route this time with this hike having more elevation. Was a nice easy hike and the tour guide went through more history on the area. We then went to pyramid lake where we did some snowshoeing. After getting over the disappointment they weren't tennis racquet's we walked through the snow quarter of the way around the lake. Was weird having to walk like a duck. On this trip saw more elk and deer. No coyotes, probably all down the acme shop.

During my time in Jasper the late afternoons and early evenings were spent in various combination of hot tub, whirlpool, pool or stroll down the main street. On one of my strolls I saw what I thought was a normal domestic cat but when it turned around it didn't look like a normal cat, it had spikey ears and thinner eyes, I didn’t have my camera so spoke to one of the guides the next day and they said it was probably a lynx.

Had a great time in Jasper; was nice and relaxing and I am at one with nature. Until the next blog.

Kalpesh Bear Grylls

PS The bear burger bit may not have been true :-)
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