Friday, August 3, 2018

My B.C. Trip-Part Deux


Just look at that magnificent mountain! No I am not talking about Nicki Minaj's huge ass but Mount Robson which is very impressive and we were lucky seeing the top as, most of the time, it is hidden behind clouds. We did see a black bear-a youngin' but the picture is not good so no bear photo. Oh and if you want to read Part 1 you can read about it here.


On the road again and this was a long day for my friend since everything was delayed due to the major traffic accident. I loved seeing all these mountains and views but, I have to admit my head flopped back and I slept again. I failed the test that Jeff gave me..oh well... Here is another mountain view


Stunning views travelling through the Rockies seeing snow, beautiful green evergreens but there is also a semi desert in one area which was unusual. We also saw the remains of a fire from the year before. This year, they are being hit with more fires...ughh


We stopped on the side of the road for this magnificent view of  Stuttfield Glacier. It was just an amazing sight where I took many pictures only to realize later, that I don't need 25 pictures of a glacier.


Yes...This was another sight at the glacier. Apparently, one can rent out these vans with each van coloured and written in bold with no political correctness in sight. I loved it! The side had a girl screaming with the words "Disco Sucks" . How could I not take a picture of this and I snickered when the people who were driving this van spoke...they were German..Hahahaaa. I would totally rent a van from this company.


Finally, we made it to Jasper by 1pm! We were supposed to be in Jasper the night before and pick up the remaining chickens, er,,,I mean tourists at the Jasper Hotel by 8am so we were very late mainly due to that horrific car accident.  When I saw the cab of the semi, there was nothing left and I am surprised, gratefully, that he made it out alive. Now, onto happier times....despite the long delay, Jasper was so pretty. It is a small town with mainly gift shops, restaurants and hotels but the view was spectacular!


After us chickens got back on the bus, we kept driving but made a stop at this gorge with this beautiful water rapids carving its way down to its destination. I love anything having to do with water and enjoyed walking along the trail seeing this nature...just wonderful!


We finally arrived at Athabasca Glacier by 3:30pm when we should have been there by 1pm. We clucked our way off the bus, traveled on another bus to hop off and get on this glacier bus/tractor that was driven by a funny California valley Girl who was just too perky but I didn't mind. I walked on this glacier and it was a bit on the cool side but so much fun. I saw someone in shorts and a T-shirt checking out the glacier beyond the safety zone making sure all was well. If you look closely, the black small mass on the ice field are a bunch of tourists.


Jeff and I, or is that me(?) on the glacier looking so young courtesy of smoothing out the skin with photoshop. He outdid himself that day making sure the people who waited for so long, in Jasper, were well taken care of and making sure our feathers didn't get ruffled by something that was out of his control. Here one can really see his new haircut which I call the Prussian look:)


Near the end of our long journey we stopped for a look at this famous lake-Peyto Lake. The silt in the water creates this vivid aqua look. It is stunning and is often shown in magazines and films. We did not appreciate the mosquitoes that loved blood a little too much.

We finally arrived in Banff at 8:45pm when we should have been there around 6pm so it was a long day of delays. My friend was just about ready to cave, but he made it through to try to look suave in his white bathrobe..I just looked at him and laughed like hell. The delays were not just from the huge accident but a family of 14 chickens who would dilly dally and be late to the bus. Being late is a major no no for my friend who was just about ready to pluck them and send them to KFC. In 2 weeks I plan on part 3:)

40 comments:

  1. Stunning photos! Such a beautiful area.
    I don't think I could drive that van though.

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    1. It is beautiful. I could easily drive that van...I must be a sicko because I would never do that Sex thing...that’s nuts!

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  2. Wow-stopped by from Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog as your photos caught my eye. It is gorgeous here.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. It is beautiful!

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  3. I was in AWE of the photos, and adored the diatribe. You always crack me up with your fun and funny way of telling a tale. Your photos are jaw dropping stunning. Always impressive, these were simply out of this world with beauty. I can see why you enjoyed the beauty of the land and the time you spent with Jeff.

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    1. Thank you about my photos which were all 5aken by my little Fido phone. I’m glad you enjoyed my writing too.

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  4. Damn! Either you're one terrific photographer, or you bought a great bunch of postcards! :)

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    1. Wow thank you...they are all mine which I took with my phone!

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  5. Of course you need 25 pictures of the glacier. Keep the ones that are good, and delete the rest. That's what all great photographers do. At least you weren't burning through film ;)

    And, you guys made good time for that accident being there. That could have thrown you off so much more.

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    1. You are so right about the accident. I feel bad for the families. I did delete quite a few pics that were just one too many of the mountains or glacier

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  6. Hi Birgit - it does sound such a wonderful trip ... and when I was there - it snowed ... so everything was very misty ... and we drove into Jasper, turned round and went back to Banff ... we saw the icefield through the snow - but no-one was venturing up there. I agree the colours are just amazing ... lovely sounding trip - and how wonderful to travel as a friend ... cheers Hilary

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    1. He was great and I hope people appreciate him for all he does. Loved going through this area and I was lucky because the weather was perfect and I could see all the mountains.

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  7. Gorgeous pictures! I remember most of these places so a lovely reminder.

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    1. I knew you had been there. It really is lovely

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  8. Those are awesome shots indeed. haha I wouldn't be above taking out one of those vans. Not bad time getting back either, considering the accident.

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    1. I would 5ake the van for sure! We saw another with “Welcome to my little friend” written on it and drawings of Al Pacino I;Scarface. This was a great trip

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  9. I'm loving your trip, Birgit. Glorious mountains, soothing water, poetry on a van. That would be so fun to create. Only two hours late at things, that's pretty good, I say.

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    1. Thanks and my friend did great! I loved seeing this and I know you and your hubby would love it!

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  10. My wife and I took the cross Canada trip in the summer of 2015 and saw many of the things you mention. In the eighties I took the Athabasca Glacier trek and it was great. I've heard that the glacier is considerably smaller now than it was then. Still I'd say it's a fun excursion up the glacier.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I would love to travel through there by car. Yes, the glacier is receding and it has markers where it was even back to the 1940’s which was considerably bigger then.

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  11. Great pictures of the mountains and glaciers. Sadly most glaciers are receding these days. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. What a beautiful area.

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    1. Thank you and yes, they are receding which is a shame including Peyto Lake

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  12. What a wonderful trip. The view is just breathtaking. Glad you had fun. That van is a hoot and loved the Prussian look, heh.

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    1. Thank you and glad you like my pics. The van is fun and I would not hesitate to be in that van

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  13. Fabulous photos! ♥ Love your sense of humour, too. ☺ What a fun van; Germans are usually on the more serious side, so that makes it even cooler. Looking forward to part 3!

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    1. Thank you and had fun writing this. I agree that I found it even funnier when I heard them speak. Germans are not the ones who would normally drive in this van

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  14. Birgit,

    WOW, I just love these photos! This would be so fantastic see first hand. The views must have been knock-your-socks stunning. That rental slogan was funny but it's crazy this sort of thing an insurance company might find itself asking. Personally, I don't want to be strangled no matter what the occasion is, k? Great share!

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    1. Yes, thankfully they didn’t have a picture of David Carradine on the van since he died in this manner..blecchhh. It’s a bit nuts to have fun that way. Glad you like my photos and it was amazing.

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  15. Absolutely stunning photos. Wow! Such views. I have never seen a glacier in person- really amazing. That van is too funny. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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    1. It was something! So cool to see and to walk on.

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  16. Gasp! A trip of my dreams! I have yet to see the Canadian Rockies but they're definitely on the list. Those mountains! Wow!

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  17. Thanks for sharing this trip and your fabulous photos with us. You're a wonderful photographer! Had to laugh about the 25 pictures of a glacier. I think we are all guilty of this! Thank goodness for digital cameras. The views were stunning, and it sounds as though even with the delays, you're having a grand time! TFS & off to read part 1! Be safe, have fun. Hugs

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  18. Magnificent sums up that mountain.
    Have a glorious day.

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  19. My parents took us on a road trip in the early 80s. We hit Banff and Jasper. Those spots took my breath away - I was a youngin, but still. I see why. Love that you went there, and it's great to see your happy faces.

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  20. Absolutely beautiful! We just got back from a road trip, and it was to the country. Having grown up in the suburbs and city, our kids were astonished by all the cornfields and openness. It was totally worth it just to watch their reactions.

    I miss my mountains from these shots. One year my family hiked the Wind Rivers and camped for a week just below a glacier. It was epic.

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  21. Wowsers, you've captured The Rockies for us on your camera. So refreshing to see life up close and what a sight for sore eyes when I zoom in... Trees, glaciers, roadside why heck there you are Birgit with your fella. You're the real deal!

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  22. Hope you're enjoying the river.
    Hugs

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  23. It looks like you had an amazing trip! I love the mountain pictures!

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