A quick note about the mobile phone pictures I’m uploading from this trip: all of these photos were made using a Samsung Galaxy S3. Editing is minimal in GIMP ( free, open-source, Photoshop-like image editing software) consisting of scaling the photo down, occasional cropping, and even less frequent levels manipulation. I think the camera on the Galaxy S3 is pretty damn good for a mobile phone and I’ve also been happy using the built-in camera app; although, I would like to see Camera+ develop an app for Android as it is a really capable piece of software on my wife’s iPhone 4S.
Now, some photos:
^^^I’d stay here again. We drove through all of the campgrounds and this was our favorite. I believe the only reason we found a tent pad available is that the campground layout was a bit confusing at first and this pad was slightly hidden from the loop road. We got lucky and it was a great spot. Information on this campground can be found HERE
^^^I had the Swiss Mushroom Sirloin Burger and I must confess it was the best burger I’ve ever had. Mellissa’s burger wasn’t great. The soup was OK. The fries (chips) were decent. Hey, $10 for a kid’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich? This is definitely a tourist trap.
^^^I like Ribeye steak…but not enough to spend $38.
^^^The road at left is where the red coaches drive up to and onto the glacier.
^^^Travel tip: bring a cooler full of snacks, find a scenic spot, have a picnic, save your money.
^^^I’m 40 and in OK physical condition (I don’t do any cardio or strength training) and this was a fairly easy and quick ramble. I think it was about a 15-minute walk from trailhead to roped-off area near base of glacier. A middle-aged man was pushing a child stroller (jogging pram) up the trail.
^^^We saw a lot of Zen rock stacking and cairns throughout Jasper. I guess it’s relaxing. The 10-year-old in me wanted to knock this thing over…but the more mature me snapped a pic instead.
The sun was setting. We decided to have a couple hours of relaxation at our campsite. An hour of reading and we were ready for a good sleep. There were some rowdys drinking beer around a fire twenty feet from our tent; it was mildly annoying but I listened to a podcast to drown out their good times and drifted off into deep slumber. Which reminds me–have I mentioned how much we love our 3-inch-thick Thermarest sleeping pads? Yeah, we’re old.
This was the end of day two. Love Canada, we do.