Posted by: Karen | June 19, 2008

Playing Tourist

The day after the Banff Jasper Relay, Nancy and I cooked up a nice little egg mcmuffin-type breakfast on the camp stove. The rain held off while we ate breakfast, but as we finished it started coming down again. We quickly threw everything in the back of the Jeep and decided to cancel the bike ride we’d hoped for earlier.

In Jasper we connected with some friends, grabbed some amazing coffee and pastry at the Bear’s Paw Bakery and stopped at the gas station to fill up before heading back. We’d been given some gas vouchers in thanks for our efforts, so aside from the very reasonable camp site cost, our trip was costing us very little.

We headed out to Athabasca Falls to look around. By the time we got to the Falls the sun started to peek out, and we snagged some great pictures. After that we headed south the Columbia Icefields and learned about glaciers. We didn’t take a guided tour up onto the glacier, but I think next time I go I will. It’s not safe to go wandering on the icefield willy nilly. There are too many hidden crevasses that can entrap and freeze victims before they can be rescued. There were many graphic signs and warnings against wandering on the ice.

Then we came straight as the mountainous road allowed us to come home. We’d had a lot of fun, but now it was time to unpack, do some laundry, and get ready for the week.



  1. Stop having so much fun!

  2. What a wonderful gesture to say thank you to the volunteers, especially those who got cold holding SLOW signs and had to dance her way to warmth. I swear, Jasper and Banff are going on my to-do-soon-as-the-kids-are-done-with-college list. Your photos are terrific.


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