|Spirit Island, Maligne Lake, Jasper, BC.|
Today the sun was out again which was lucky for me!
I walked the short loop along the Valley of the Five Lakes which is about 7 km south of Jasper along the Highway 93 Icefields Parkway. This was a low effort, high reward experience.
After lunch I hopped on my bike to travel along some of the lakes found just south of town. This was all fine and dandy until while biking on a short section of road, after having been on a trail, I see a rather large brown or black bear emerge from a trail I was about to go on and amble across the road. It was about 50 m ahead of me. This is all well and good when in the truck but NOT when I am on a bike. I had actually just pulled to the side of the road to consult the map. That was fortuitous otherwise I would have been greeting Mr. Bear as he crossed the road. No thank you. After that I rode with my whistle in my mouth cheerfully blowing it every 10 metres. I felt like a nerd but was not interested in any more bear encounters - no matter how minor.
In the later afternoon I headed 50 kilometres out of town to Maligne Lake. Yes, 50 kms down a paved yet somewhat slow road. This is good to know when you pay a fortune for a photographers boat tour that departs at precisely 4:30 pm. At 3:20 pm I noticed the website said, "Give yourself 1 - 1 1/2 hours to drive here". Oops! Well, I made it there by 4:05 pm so all was well.
Tomorrow it is time to go home so here are the shots from yesterday and today.
|I see some sun!|
|Valley of the Five Lakes - Lake #1|
|Cycling along the Athabasca River.|
|Remember that bear? It crossed the road right were the blue car is. . ..|
|So, now I'm biking like this. Nice.|
|Lots of cute accommodation in Jasper.|
|Trying to drive nicely as I rush to Maligne Lake.|
|And, we are off.|
|The docks on the edge of the lake that allow you to look at Spirit Island. Regular tours stop here for a very well-time 15 minutes. Ours stayed for 1 hour.|
|A nice little herd of Elk grazing in the campground.|