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Oct 8, 2017 - Saskatoon to Jasper

Because we’re running so late, I was well & truly in bed last night by the time we got to Saskatoon so I’ll have to wait & see it next year. Things were a bit of a mess today because we were running so late. There were lots of people getting off at Jasper & they should have left the train before lunch but because they were still here, we had a Brunch. I wasn’t complaining, I had a beautiful Lobster Ravioli & I didn’t care whether they called it Lunch or Brunch. We did the trip into the Rockies in the late afternoon so had one of the best...

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Canada 2017

Sep 16, 2017 - Vancouver - train to Toronto

16/9/2017. Saturday. On train Well, our first night on the train was interesting.....rock and roll, bumpy with quite a few stops. We were told this morning that there were some rocks on the track, and an Engineer had to be brought in to remove them. In the middle of the night, I couldn't open the bathroom door, so eventually put the light on to read instructions - and Ian slept on. What a blessing to be a heavy sleeper - I'm jealous! We were hot during the night, so stripped the doona off, and finally settled for a good few hours. Just time...

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Aug 19, 2017 - Jasper

Days 14-16, Jasper August 13-15, 2017 It’s about sixty-five miles from the Columbia Icefields to Jasper. The forecast was for rain. Leaving the Icefields, the Parkway dipped down slightly. For several miles, we traveled along the gravel bed of the upper Sunwapta River. Then we climbed abruptly to a viewpoint of Sunwapta Canyon and Mt. Kitchener. Off in the distance to the left was our final view of Mt. Athabasca and the Athabasca Glacier, from where we’d just come from. A few miles further, we had a photo-op stop at Tangle Creek Falls, a...

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2017 Trip Journal

Jul 28, 2017 - That was a rough start

Day 1, Leah: Well that day did not go as planned, it did end at the place we planned at least so that is a positive. We left the house at the very respectable hour of 9:30am; the packing and last minute chores went almost seamlessly. From our home in Beaumont we traveled south through Wetaskiwin, west through Mulhurst, then around Pigeon Lake and south to Rocky Mountain House. I had some minor technical challenges with our intercom headsets. The units we have work as a communicator between riders and also will connect to a phone via...

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2017 BC Bike Trip

Jul 19, 2017 - Touring the Ice Fields

Today was Bill's birthday and we awoke to a beautiful sunny day with no smoke - Yeah! What a great birthday present. We checked out and had a quick brunch then off to our glacier tour. You take a bus up the mountain a ways to get to an Ice Explorer. It is a large vehicle with huge tires (66X43X25) which holds up to 56 people. We drove down a really steep incline (33 percent) and out on to Athabasca Glacier. This glacier is 6km (3.75mi) long with a depth of 270-1000 ft. of ice. It is an Outlet valley glacier which is fed from the Columbia...

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Canadian Trip

Jun 28, 2017 - Jasper - Maligne Lake

Travelling the 45kms to Maligne Lake from Jasper we didn't see any wildlife - the day before there were 4 bears seen. Bugger! The Maligne Lake is a naturally formed lake from glaciers. The lake is glacier fed hence the colour of the water. It's 22kms long and the average depth is 30 meters deep. It freezes every year when the temperature drops to -60 and the lake freezes solid for 4ft. They take the cruise boats out of the water in October and it was frozen solid by November. It only started to thaw on the 3rd June and the whole lake had...

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Jun 24, 2017 - Hike to Kinney Lake

Mom and dad made us get up early to beat the crowd. Good decision because we took the trail hike to Kenny Lake. 6 miles round trip we were tired. Got to swim Knney Lake, glacier water it was cold. Beautiful drive through Jasper National Park down to Lake Louise. We saw lots of wildlife including bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Lily was on point. Mom and Dad left us in the car, while they had happy hour and drinks at Chateau Lake Louise. We saw lots of glaciers including the Columbia icefields. Headwaters of the massive Columbia River....

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May 27, 2017 - On the way to the Rockies

Friday morning we left Whistler traveling along the very scenic Duffy Lake Road to Sun Peaks. The sun was shining and the temperature reached 29 degrees. It was a lovely drive over the mountains with beautiful lakes and rivers alongside. Had a couple of stops along the way. First was lunch at a very small town of Lillooet where the supermarket made us rolls and soup. Afternoon tea was at Hatcreek Ranch. Our night stop is Sun Peaks, a ski resort. We had a "Fur traders special" tea, talk and then an evening paddle on a canoe across the lake...

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Sep 3, 2016 - Home again

Long long day of travel. Up at 5 to travel from Calgary to Houston to Fort Lauderdale. Losing a few hours to time zones doesn't help either. But we are back home, safe and sound. Time to plan the next trip!!! Picture of dining room. Fortunately Hurricane Hermine did not come here but now all the outdoor furniture must return outdoors, and that's only one room of it!!

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Canadian Rockies

Sep 2, 2016 - Walking on the Athcabasca Glacier

Way back in 1999 we helicoptered onto the Mendenhall Glacier. It was spectacular. Very white on top and very blue could be seen down in the crevices. After that, Athcabasca was a disappointment. We rode up in the Glacier Explorers, 1.5 million dollars of equipment, and that was interesting especially the biggest incline and descent. But up top the glacier is dirty from dust that blows over the mountains, the blue is there but really have to look for it. Doesn't photograph well. Of course I have no idea what Mendenhall looks like today but...

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Canadian Rockies

Sep 1, 2016 - Jasper National Park

Interesting morning trip around Jasper National Park. Like Canada's other parks, everything is well maintained, clean and filled with beautiful sights. We visited Lake Medicine, Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon and simply marveled at both. Medicine Lake was the setting for an old Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald movie, Rosemarie. We watched a few scenes from the movie while traveling there, and as our guide said " get out the crackers because it is very cheesy". Again the pictures speak for themselves, the views were great. The waterfall in...

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Canadian Rockies

Jul 18, 2016 - Jasper, AB

Now, we are off to Jasper and another short drive of 180 miles. Mel said, it is the most beautiful drive and scenery he has ever seen. The mountains were spectacular with many waterfalls. The countour of the mountains and colors were amazing. On the way to Jasper, we stopped at the Columbia Ice Field. We were taken out onto the glacier by these huge glacier transport vehicles, the tires were taller than me. We then got to get out and walk on the glacier. You would be surprised how cold it was standing on the glacier. We were told that what...

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