Day 13 - Icefield Parkway.
What a drive.
Seriously but this road on your bucket list. Now.
We left Jasper under a beautiful blue sky and I promised myself I'd be back. We stayed at the Fairmont Jasper Lodge and I can totally recommend it. The location is beautiful, the accommodation is spacious and it has an old charm that makes you feel immediately at home. The boys loved the heated pool and the games room.
As I said before, we didn't stay long enough.
But the road.... oh the road to Banff is a sight to behold.
Mountains and glaciers and river beds, incredible views around every corner...
We bumped into an 'elk jam' just out of Jasper (blurry photo taken from the moving car).
First stop: Edith Calvell Glacier. Stunning. Short hike to the milky blue glacier fed lake.
Yes the water was cold.
That's an understatement.
Can you see the little people on the lake shore? Everything here is bigger than you think...
Next stop: Athabasca Falls
A bit crowded, but it's high season and a lot of the places are.
We then looked for a place to picnic and found Buck Lake by chance. What an idyllic spot... sigh...
here's my tribe chilling and eating (which let's be honest are their two favourite activities... sloths...)
After lunch it was more miles of stunning scenery.
I can't get enough of this place. The immense space. The mountains.
(That's called Endless Ridge)
and this is the Athabasca river... at least I think it is... given that we then bumped into the Athabsca glacier... huge thing...
You can see my three 'scale props' (aka my children) in the foreground building towers with rocks. Maybe next Christmas I'll buy them all a huge lorry full of rocks... they seem to have a compulsion to pile them up wherever they go.
AND THEN... WE FINALLY SAW A BEAR!!
A real life Yoghi bear eating berries by the side of the road.
I felt almost moved by it.
What a day.
I feel so lucky.