Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Alaska -- Day 19

Monday we decided to drive along the Icefields Parkway, northwest of Banff. We will be driving this road Wednesday when we leave Banff for Jasper, but it is supposed to be cloudy and rainy that day. And it is difficult to stop and enjoy scenery while pulling a 36-foot 5th wheel trailer.

The scenery is beautiful.

Even the view in the mirrors was great.

It is early spring here and the Aspen trees have just leafed out. Look at the various shades of green on this hillside.

We climbed to an altitude of 6700 ft and could look down on the road we had just traveled.

This is Bridal Veil Falls.

Since we left the RV at 6 am, we stopped about an hour and a half later to eat the breakfast we brought along. This was our view.

This Raven watched us eating.

I love reflection pictures. This is at Mistaya Lake.

The Columbia Icefields are over the ridge, out of sight. But this is the Athabasca Glacier, which we could see from the Centre.

It was possible to take a ride on the glacier in one of these. But we passed.

We turned around there after looking over the exhibits that explained glaciers. On the way back we finally saw some wildlife—a bear! We watched him (or her) eating dandelions. Then it went down to the river.

We weren’t the only ones there. This group of young people were taking pictures of each other with the bear in the background while I was taking pictures of the bear.

We drove a little further and came on two Big Horn Sheep.

It was another eight-hour day of sightseeing. A great day. Here is a slide show of some of the great scenery for those of you who have never been in the Canadian Rockies.

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