Canada: Jasper Trip: Part 03

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:

Athabasca Glacier flowing from the Columbia Icefield in Jasper NP, Alberta, Canada

Athabasca Glacier flowing from the Columbia Icefield in Jasper NP, Alberta, Canada

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre

Camping in the Columbia Icefield Campground

Camping in the Columbia Icefield Campground

^^^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

A page from the Icefield Centre restaurant. The most expensive burgers we've ever seen.

A page from the Icefield Centre restaurant. The most expensive burgers we’ve ever seen.

^^^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.

The little numbers after the item are dollars.

The little numbers after the item are dollars.

^^^I like Ribeye steak…but not enough to spend $38.

Looking out the restaurant window at the road to Athabasca Glacier.

Looking out the restaurant window at the road to Athabasca Glacier.

^^^The road at left is where the red coaches drive up to and onto the glacier.

The dearly-priced burgers, fries, cup of soup, and glass of soda pop (no refills)--$65

The dearly-priced burgers, fries, cup of soup, and glass of soda pop–$65

^^^Travel tip: bring a cooler full of snacks, find a scenic spot, have a picnic, save your money.

Mellissa ready to hike up to Athabasca Glacier

Mellissa, ready to hike up to Athabasca Glacier

Trailhead to the base of Athabasca Glacier

Trailhead to the base of Athabasca Glacier

Halfway to the base of Athabasca Glacier.

Halfway to the base of Athabasca Glacier.

Looking up the trail to base of Athabasca Glacier

Looking up the trail to base of Athabasca Glacier

^^^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.

As close as we were permitted to walk to the base of Athabasca Glacier

Nearing the base of Athabasca Glacier

Remember the Atari game, Pitfall?

Glad to see the Atari Pitfall guy is still employed

(Google Image Search)

Runoff from Athabasca Glacier

Runoff from Athabasca Glacier

There's a bit of blue ice showing through the glacial gravels or stratified alluvial deposits

There’s a bit of blue ice showing through the glacial gravels or stratified alluvial deposits

Mellissa is checking out the etching from the glacial till abrading this rock face

Mellissa is checking out the etching from the glacial till abrading this rock face

Zen at Athabasca

Zen at Athabasca

^^^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.

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