Archive for the ‘Alberta’ Category

2007 07 14 – Big Trip – Day 75 – Jasper National Park

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Whistler’s Campground, Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 7086

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Ron holding a piece of glacier,, Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper National Park

Happy Bastille Day to our French friends and Francophiles worldwide!

Today was going to be just as hot as the previous two days. We discovered that the heat really sucks away any intent to hike or be outdoors, so we looked for the coolest place to be. Luckily, Mount Edith Cavell was the perfect solution.

This mountain is 30 minutes drive from our campground, up a steep and narrow road. When we turned in to the road we didn’t notice the sign limiting the vehicle length to 7 meters (we are 8.5m). And good thing we drove on, because at the end of the road a beautiful sight awaited us. And the drive up was not problematic at all. (more…)

2007 07 13 – Big Trip – Day 74 – Jasper National Park

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Whistler’s Campground, Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 7033

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Spirit Island, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Shabbat Shalom!

We took Shir to the hospital today for a checkup on her broken arm. After another set of X-rays and doctor’s assessment, it looks like the bone is set correctly and the arm is on its way to a full recovery within 3-5 more weeks. We’ll check up again in a few weeks and maybe the cast can off then.

The hospital visit took all morning, and then another hour for me to fill out the insurance claim forms and mail them to Blue Cross. By then we had lunch and found a wi-fi signal in town to check and send emails. (more…)

2007 07 12 – Big Trip – Day 73 – Icefields Parkway

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Whistler’s Campground, Jasper, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 6963

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Wilcox Pass Trail, Jasper National Park

Today we completed the drive up Icefields Parkway to Japser the town. I started the day early with a hike to Wilcox pass. The hike began from the campground and went up to a long and wide alpine meadow between Wilcox Peak and Nigel Peak. The views just before entering the meadow were awesome. It was early morning, good light and I saw the Athabasca and a few other Glaciers to the west. A ranger told me that when the snowy peaks have a burning orange tinge to them in the sunrise minutes, it is called alpen glow. (more…)

2007 07 11 – Big Trip – Day 72 – Icefields Parkway

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Wilcox Creek Campground, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 6882
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Ron at Bow Lake, Banff National Park

Athabasca Glacier, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park

We journeyed today northward to Jasper on the world famous Icefield Parkway. This is a 230km road built in the 1930’s to connect the towns of Banff and Jasper. Since it runs along the Rockies, grand sights await the weary driver at every corner. Today was a sunny and warm day, which made everything that much more spectacular.

We managed to wake up early and leave the campground in Lake Louise before 9:30. In less than one hour we were already at our first stop, Bow Lake. (more…)

2007 07 10 – Big Trip – Day 71 – Lake Louise, Banff

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Lake Louise Trailer Campground, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 6796

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Plane of Six Glaciers, Near Lake Louise, Banff National Park

Shir woke us up before 4am, and refused to sleep for about half an hour. By the time she was dreaming again, I had to get up for my morning hike to The Plane of Six Glaciers. This is a beautiful 8 mile hike that starts along Lake Louise and then continues up the valley that feeds the lake to uncover the 6 different glaciers looming overhead. One of the guide books we have says that if you can do only one hike in the Canadian Rockies this would be it.

I started off with sunrise pictures of Lake Louise and the glaciers of Mount Victoria. The lake was like a mirror. (more…)

2007 07 09 – Big Trip – Day 70 – Lake Louise, Banff

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Lake Louise Trailer Campground, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 6788

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Mirror Lake, near Lake Louise, Banff National Park

It started raining sometime during the night, but that did not stop us from sleeping until 9:30am. We wanted to get an early start, but since it was still raining and we had no idea how long it will continue, we took it easy.

Happily for us the weather improved and by the time we got to the Lake Louise parking lot, the sun was peeking out through the clouds and it was not so cold anymore. We set of for an ambitious hike to Lake Agnes, 7.2km in and out, the most popular hike in the Canadian Rockies. (more…)

2007 07 08 – Big Trip – Day 69 – Moraine Lake, Banff

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Tunnel Mountain Campground, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 6741

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Rock Trail Viewpoint of Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Today we drove up to the Lake Louise area, 60km, to visit the lesser known, or so we thought, Moraine Lake. We will be in Lake Louise 2 nights starting tomorrow, so today we wanted to whet our appetite with Moraine.

The day started out grey and cloudy and even at noon when we arrived it was still pretty somber outside. The parking lot was full though, so we considered ourselves lucky to find a spot for the RV not too far from the lake. We stayed in the motorhome for another hour playing and cooking up lunch. Paola made some calls to our family to let them know that Shir broke her arm and that she is fine. (more…)

2007 07 07 – Big Trip – Day 68 – Shir is Back in Action at Yoho National Park

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Tunnel Mountain Campground, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 6640

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Emerald lake, Yoho National Park

We were a bit apprehensive this morning as to today’s activities. Happily Shir woke up in a great mood, and didn’t seem to have any discomfort with her new cast. So we decided to continue exploring the wider area, and not stick around town. We drove northwest to a small national park called Yoho. It is some First Nations name.

The park has several major attractions, and we saw three today. (more…)

2007 07 06 – Big Trip – Day 67 – Shir Gets a Purple Cast

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Tunnel Mountain Campground, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 6497

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Shir's Purple Cast, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Shabbat Shalom.

This afternoon, Shir fell from a bench in the Banff Park Museum and crash landed on her left arm. She cried and we immediately noticed her arm was too curved to be right. Luckily the Banff hospital was 2 blocks away so we all dashed there by foot. By the time we got to the emergency room Shir had calmed down, but it was clear that something is wrong. The doctor and a set of X-rays showed a fracture in the middle of Shir’s left arm. (more…)

2007 07 05 – Big Trip – Day 66 – Kootenay and Back to Banff

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Tunnel Mountain Campground, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Odometer – 6484

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Hemi Near Stanley Glacier, Kootenay National Park

We saw waterfalls today. It was a very hot day, over 30 centigrade, so we didn’t go on any really long hikes. The day started early for me, just before 5am. We were still in Kootenay. I went on a hike up to Stanley Glacier, a relatively short walk to get to a glacier view. The hike started out through a renewing forest after a fire 40 years ago. It then entered a valley surrounded by huge cliffs, creating a mega amphitheatre. On the far left side lays Stanley’s Glacier. (more…)