Jasper in July - Mosquitos and Rain

Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
Trip End Dec 18, 2012

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Friday, July 20, 2012

Ok folks for those of you who have been secretly thinking it sounds like they are having too good a time and they should be roughing it a bit more your wish has been granted!!!

Jasper has been out all time low with the most enjoyable bit being the drive here when we stopped and walked along Johnston Canyong, saw two black bears on the road side, had a car picnic and then stopped at Athabasca Falls, which were a,aing and we walked down an empty Canyon that the river had gouged out before leaking of another point.

The campiste we are staying at is about 4k into town, a pleasant enough walk along the river in the sun but too far to walk when it is raining, which it has!!!  The campsite, particularly our pitch, seems to be a breeding ground for mosquitos which is apparantly due to a late spring, high rainfall and flooding and the worst it has been in over 80 years, well bloody fantastic for us!!!

So what have we done???? Not a lot!!! Hidden from the mosi's in the town or our tent, it is a small town with not a lot to do so it has meant a lot of walking round aimlessly, we have been in every shop in Jasper, a few good shopping opportunities ladies but my purse didn't stretch t the boutique clothes on this occasion, and nursing cups of coffee or snacks.  Our camp is too mosi ridden for cooking and to make things even more difficult the bear locker where all our gear is stored is a good 10 min walk from our tent.  So far the highlight of our time in Jasper was opting to go to the cinema to watch the new batman movie on Saturday night but their popcorn was really weird...........buttery and salty but almost smelt and tasted a little cheesie.  I nearly sprinkled dill salt all over it too as I thought it was sugar when the girl taking the tickets explained that their popcorn was salty and they shakers had weird savour salty powder in them.

Today (Monday) our plan was brunch in the camp cook house then into town to do laundry but we awoke to really heavy rain, thunder and lightening with roared away until 2pm which is when we could finally get out of our tent, it was so bad we didn't dare try and run for it as the nearest cover was a 10 min walk away!  The rain continued all day but we made a dash for it to the camp cook house where we have sat for the whole day, basically a big shed with large openings for doors and windows, so a little drafty, but has picnic benches in it and an old fashioned stove which we lit and have kept stoked an stocked all day, it is now approx 8.30pm.

We habe made tea, coffee, noodles and pasta on top of the stove, dried our wet bags form its heat and kept warm by it.  It has been our saving grace on what would otherwise have been the most boring wet day of our trip.

Just in case you are wondering why we didn't go into town and take refuge we don't have a car and there are no buses!!!

On top of eating, drinking and genrally indulging in pyromania we have sorted our stuff out ready for our departure tomorrow, rid ourselves of a few items and spent a lot of time reading.  Tomorrow we hope it will have stopped raining so we can pack up easily and early to get to the launderette before catching our train.

Tuesday - we leave today hoorah, it is still raining so our tent is being packed up in a soggy mess and we have to call a cab to take us into town otherwise everything we own will be soaked.  In town we have been to the launderette and washed all of our dirty clothes, had a hearty skillet brunch in Lou Lou's, which we would both  recommend, and picked up a scone and sandwich to share on our journey from Bearspaw Bakery, again we would definitely recommend them having had a sandwhich and coffee from there before, homemade and tasty! 

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