Jim and Larra’s adventures in the Canadian Rockies.
June 20 to June 25. Calgary, Alberta to Fairfield Bay, Arkansas. We spent three days in Calgary, had a couple of nice visits with Larra’s nephew and his family, and recharged our travel batteries. Based on a couple of phone conversations with Jim’s mom, we decided to change our travel plans. Because of his mom’s […]
We just learned that Jim’s mother isn’t doing too well right now. Rather than continue on to Niagara Falls, Leamington, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and all the rest we have planned, we’re going to leave Calgary tomorrow and drive down to see her in Arkansas. Mom’s suffering some dementia, and we believe that if we can […]Read More
The night before we left Vancouver Larra’s hair turned a deep purple color. She says it happened all by itself, but I’m suspicious of the two hours she spent in the bathroom that night. You only see it in direct sunlight, but it’s definitely purple. So when I saw these two young ladies coming out […]Read More
I guess you made me realize something else about myself, Larra. That I approach road trips like flying a plane or navigating a ship. Check the weather, file a flight plan, update the log book, load-master the craft, check all systems, engine on, GPS navigation on, check for traffic, open throttle, release the brakes, and […]
June 19th. Today was an incredible trip down the Icefields Parkway, through Jasper and Banff National Parks. We took the old highway from just south of Jasper to Athabasca Falls, Alberta 93A. Through the icefields, past countless glaciers and breathtaking, incredible, rugged, thesaurus-emptying scenery.
O… M… G…! The Maligne Valley experience yesterday was just foreplay for today’s experience. We drove the 240 km from Jasper to Banff though the heart of the Canadian Rockies. It was magnificent, beautiful, breathtaking, huge, brutal, barren, lush, cold, inspiring and belittling. Larra and I took 485 photos between us. Here are a couple […]
June 18, 2016 – Today we drove from Jasper, up the Maligne Valley, to Maligne Lake. This is a 100 km round-trip journey that had us saying, all day long, Oooh, Aaahh, Wow, Look At That, and I Never Saw That Before. It was an incredible day. Be sure to click on the photos to […]Read More
June 18, 2016 – We got a message from Shannon, our dog sitter, today: “They’re both doing good. So my feelings were kinda hurt when my hubby came over yesterday & Charlie liked him more…lol.” Larra: Wow!💞🐾 what a great picture!!! 30 deleted photos later…Read More
June 17, 2016 – A sample of Jasper, AB architecture, part 2. There are lots of big, clean public restrooms in Jasper, like the one below. Larra said to make sure I include this info because more cities need to do the same.Read More
Jasper, Alberta – I was taking photos of a church this afternoon when a construction worker walks across the street and comes up to me. I thought he was a firefighter, with his heavy yellow coat and pants with reflective tape, his helmet, face shield and heavy gloves. He says, “I’m working on that building […]
This morning as I walked past the legion hall in Jasper, Alberta, I saw a raven attacking his reflection in the window. I laughed and continued on. After I walked around the block I saw that he was still fighting with himself. I then realized that I had a camera built into my cell phone, […]Read More
Sunday, June 12 through Thursday, June 16. We started out Wednesday morning in Surrey, near Vancouver. Drove up Fraser Canyon through Hell’s Gate and Cache Creek to Kamloops, then up through Clearwater to Jasper, Alberta, and Jasper National Park. On Saturday we drove up Maligne Canyon to Maligne Lake, and back to Jasper.Read More
June 16, 2016 – “Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard Now we were gaining some elevation, and the mountain peaks started to be impressive. I’d been in Vancouver long enough that […]
June 16, 2016 – Day Two: Kamloops, British Columbia to Jasper, Alberta, Canada. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain This morning we left out of Kamloops in a blaze of sunshine. We headed north out of town, following the railroad tracks and the Thompson River. […]Read More
June 15, 2016 – We’re on the road! After a leisurely start this morning, doing last-minute laundry and final packing of the car, Larra and I hit the road at 11 am. We drove the Trans-Canada Highway 1 from Vancouver to Hope, then north through the Fraser Canyon, up to Cache Creek, then east to […]