Walking to Jasper (no bears)
Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
35Trip End Oct 05, 2012
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Packed up then had brunch at the mall in town. Served by yet another Aussie - they're everywhere!
Replaced my sunnies which I accidentally left in the outhouse waaaaay out at the plain of six glaciers (damn and double damn) then headed off to Moraine Lake. Another beautiful lake and the water here is much clearer as not filled with rock flour like Lake Louise. Had a nice stroll to the cascade at the other end. Saw the "walk in tight groups of 4" sign for some other tracks. Everyone seems so blasť about bears. I guess we seem the same to them about sharks!
Drove along the Icefields Parkway, again the scenery is just stunning
Stopped briefly to look at Crowfoot glacier then stopped at Bow Lake and walked along the lake towards the Bow glacier (and waterfall) for a couple of hours. Really pretty but running out of time & light so we didn't quite make it to the lookout.
A few more kms down the road we pulled into the Bow summit & Peyto Lake lookout. After a short but uphill (of course) walk we reached the summit. Wow, wow, wow. Even this late in the day Peyto Lake is so pretty. Hopefully we'll get to see it with sun on it later in the trip. Lots of other people turned up and we realised they'd all parked at the tour bus / disabled access carpark. Slackers! Why didn't we think of that? Hahaha
Back in the car for the long drive to Jasper. Dusk light on the mountains made it hard to keep our eyes on the road. Everywhere you look is just so amazing! These mountains are what the Darling Range wants to be when it grows up! Saw the Athabasca glacier on the way past. Can't wait to visit that in an ice explorer bus.
Finally rolled up to our accom around 9:30pm. Lovely stone & timber cabins (good recommendation from Tony - thanks Mr B).
Saw a couple of Caribou munching someone's lawn on the way into town for dinner at Earls (Canada's Sizzler).