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Hiking the Athabasca Glacier

On our last full day in Canada, Glen and I scheduled a hike on the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park.

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When we got there it was blowing snow and visibility was pretty poor.

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However, by the time everyone in our group geared up the snow had stopped and the sun had come out.  We had to hike up to the glacier, which was the hardest part because it was so rocky.

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This is the view once we got onto the glacier.

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Our guide dug down and handed all of us some of the glacial ice.  This ice is 200 plus years old.  Pretty amazing to think about.

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Our guide graciously took our picture 🙂

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Here you can see more snow moving in. It was pretty much at this time the guide thought it would be a good idea to start heading back down.

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We hiked most of the way back down the glacier next to a shallow crevasse.  You can also see it had started to snow.

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We got to look down into a glacial hole, one at a time, while holding our guides hand to make sure we didn’t fall in.

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At this point it was snowing pretty hard and the wind was blowing gale force.  We had to shield our faces because the snow was hitting us and stinging our skin.

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The snow sure made the view pretty on the drive back to Canmore.

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On our way to the Athabasca Glacier

Last Thursday Glen and I had a glacier walk scheduled on Mount Athabasca.  The Icefield Parkway, also known as Highway 93, was a gorgeous drive and we finally saw wildlife other than squirrels.

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It was a long drive from Canmore to the Icefield Center in Jasper National Park.  However, the views were like this for the whole drive.

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The wildlife we saw were mountain goats.  They had traffic at a complete standstill as they made their way down and across the highway.

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Bow Lake

The same day that Glen and I went to Peyto lake we also hiked around Bow Lake.  It was a blustery cold day and I ended up getting windburned.  The lake was very beautiful and has a trail that takes you to a waterfall.

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Here we are on the trail to the waterfall.

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Of course there were plenty of cute ground squirrels to take pictures of.

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This one had mud all over its face.  Made me wonder what in the world it was up to.

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Selfie of me and Glen with Bow Lake as a backdrop.

Lake Louise

On Sunday we went to Lake Louise in Banff National Park.  It really was gorgeous!

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There were a ton of tourists there even though the weather was on the verge of being ugly.  It rained ninety percent of the day.

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This is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  Looks very grand doesn’t it?

Hiking Mount Sulphur

On our first full day we decided to head to the town of Banff and hike up Mount Sulphur then ride the gondola down.

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We had only made it about a third of the way up at this point and I was still doing ok.

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Still only about a third of the way up and we were being rewarded with fantastic views.

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At about the halfway mark we could see the town of Banff.

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Great shot of the gondola…if you can see it through the smokey haze.

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We had stopped so I could make every attempt to catch my breath when some friendly people offered to take our picture.  I look happy, but inside I was dying like a fish out of water.  The higher we went the more I struggled to breath.

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The view from the top of Mount Sulphur.  I wish it was clearer, but the smoke from the wildfires in Washington made it so hard to see any views.

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Our view from inside the gondola riding down the mountain.  Going down was certainly a LOT easier than going up 🙂

On Vacation

Glen and I are on a much needed vacation.  This year we decided to head to Banff National Park in Alberta Canada.

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This is the view from our hotel window.

The Start of my Weekend

Just finished up a set of overnight shifts. This was my view on my drive home this morning. Let the weekend commence with sleep being the first thing on my agenda.

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Evening

This was my view as I left the gym yesterday evening. Not a bad way to wrap up my day.

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Another Sunrise

I captured this on my way home from work Friday morning at around 7am. It is a bit blurry, but it isn’t easy driving fast and taking a picture with your cell phone.

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Night sky

The moon was full the other night and as it was rising it was a beautiful light yellow/orange color. Of course the pictures we took didn’t do it justice at all.

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