19 Banff National Park

Trip Start May 04, 2009
Trip End Oct 15, 2009

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Two Jack Lakeside

Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Sunday, September 13, 2009

Drove through Banff National Park to Canmore for a new windshield (I can see again but the van still looks pretty bad), supplies and the never-ending laundry. Returned to Two Jack Lakeside in the park which is ten kilometres from Banff and snagged a walk-in campsite with a view of the lake and great dog-loving neighbours. Begrudgingly paid $10 extra for a fire permit so I could cook two nights worth of meat (Alberta steak is great and inexpensive).

Toured Johnston Canyon which has many really picturesque falls and continued the climb to see the Ink Pots -- shot a small video which will hopefully show these bubbling creatures in action. Although the sun was wrong for pictures, continued on for quick glimpses of Lake Louise and Banff.

Our last day in the park included a great hike through an impressive old-growth forest (mainly Spruce and Lodge-Pole Pine) to glacier fed Boom Lake; well worth the uphill climb for a great picnic.

On the road again -- more stories from Waterton National Park soon...

- Haven’t seen a real sunset since June; NWT due to no darkness and Alberta because of the mountains.
- Rant: Fire permits in Alberta National Parks are a rip-off and cause people to waste “free” wood.
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