Joe and Nancy

Joe and Nancy
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jasper National Park, Alberta, 2nd Visit

After our final breakfast with the caravan'ers on Wednesday morning, we headed out of Prince George and drove straight to Jasper, Alberta and the Whistlers RV Park in Jasper.  This is the place we stayed our first time thru nearly two months ago.  We thoroughly enjoyed it then, and I'm sure we will again.  Along the way, while stopped for some road repairs (and I must say that there is a lot of that going on here & Alaska this time of year.), we had this view of Mount Robson.
From Wiki:  Mount Robson is the most prominent mountain in North America's Rocky Mountain range; it is also the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. The mountain is located entirely within Mount Robson Provincial Park of British Columbia, and is part of the Rainbow Range. Mount Robson is the second highest peak entirely in British Columbia, behind Mount Waddington in the Coast Range. The south face of Mount Robson is clearly visible from the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16), and is one of the most photographed features along this route. Mount Robson was likely named after Colin Robertson, who worked for both the North West Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company at various times in the early 19th century.
Below was another mountain in the same range, next to Mt Robson.  BC & Alberta in the Canadian Rockies have some of the most beautiful sights to be seen anywhere.
On our first trip thru here, we didn't get the chance to drive back the 20 miles to Athabasca Falls.
From Wiki:  Athabasca Falls is a waterfall in Jasper National Park on the upper Athabasca River, approximately 30 kilometres south of the town site of Jasper, Alberta, Canada, and just west of the Icefields Parkway. A powerful, picturesque waterfall, Athabasca Falls is not known so much for the height of the falls (23 metres), as it is known for its force due to the large quantity of water falling into the gorge. Even on a cold morning in the fall, when river levels tend to be at their lowest, copious amounts of water flow over the falls. The river 'falls' over a layer of hard quartzite and through the softer limestone below carving the short gorge and a number of potholes.
And are we happy we stopped here & visited this beautiful falls.  We walked all around the viewing walkways and platforms on a gorgeous evening.
Both Nancy & I snapped off a bunch of pics here and we even had a person snap one of the two of us.
Even the backdrop for the falls was just mesmerizing, with the evening sun splashing it's brilliance across it's breadth.
We hung around here for over an hour and just sat down and enjoyed the relaxation, knowing that our rush & hurry and the demands of our tour are now over.
Can you tell we liked being here?
We had to traverse a lot of steps, but that was ok as we need to walk more.  We both vowed to start our walking routine once again.
Almost forgot to mention that when we were way up in BC, we drove right past this lake, which happened to be the source waters for the Colombia River.  Neat!
When we left Whistlers RV Park, it began raining, and it lasted almost all the way to the Colombia Icefields nearly 100 miles away.  But it stopped as we almost reached the icefields and Nancy was able to snap off a few pics of the unfolding beauty before us.  These pics were only about five miles from the icefields.  Some folks have mentioned that we have dirty camera sensors, but it really is bugs & raindrops showing thru the windshield shots while we are moving.
And these pics are at the Colombia Icefields Park.
 
Quite honestly, we have seen more glaciers than we all the animals combined on this tour of Alaska & Canada.  We're not complaining as each one is unique and their splendor is just awe inspiring.  And we have thoroughly enjoyed our time here.  Would we do it again?  You betchya!  But not in this motor home.  A much smaller unit would be In order in some parts of the remote wilderness and the Last Frontier.  So as we walk away from the Icefields and grandeur of the Canadian Rockies, we bid adieu to the most magnificent place we have ever been to in our lives.  Pretty strong words I realize, but I challenge my readers to show or tell me of a place, collectively as we have seen, and I will go there.  So from Missoula, MT Walmart, Tuesday, Sept 10, RVing Beach Bums headed for Yellowstone National Park tomorrow morning, Lord willing of course.