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Jasper Journey – ICEFIELDS – Saddle Up

24 Sep


when i grow up / first aid kit

The Columbia Icefield

So … when you get to the Icefield you’ll see this place: 

Except it was rainy. Drizzly rain. 
The Centre is full of people from every place on the planet. 
It has a restaurant/cafeteria; a gift shop; a viewing deck; historical displays; toilets … lots of stuff.
This is also where you buy tickets for the Icefield Tour. They cost over 100 bucks each.
Then you head out back …

… and jump on one of these things. 
They’re called buses.

This is Shawn … or Shane?. Our driver.
You can see the drizzly rain. 

Below; MAP: Where we’re going ...

On the bus … 

10 minute bus ride?
Ice Explorer Depot ahead.

We made it.

The Ice Explorer. 
Not your average bus.

VROOOOOM !

Let’s ride !

Next … To the Ice!

Jasper Journey – Icefield of Yesteryore

19 Sep


Climb Ev’ry Mountain / Peggy Wood
from The Sound of Music / Rogers and Hammerstein

The Columbia Icefield

The Icefields as they are today.

Coast Publishing Co (Publisher) . Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield Chalet, Banff – Jasper highway, Canadian Rockies. Vancouver: Coast Publishing Co., Vancouver, B.C, cca. 1920.

Harmon Byron (Photographer) . Columbia Icefields. Banff: Photographed and Copyrighted by Byron Harmon, Banff, Canada, [before 1942].

Six-Hundred Lovat Scouts trained during the Second World War on the Athabasca Glacier in 1944. Yellowhead-Museum and Archives.

Finally we arrive at our modern Icefield conveyance:
The ICE EXPLORER!

Next … To the ICE !

Jasper Journey – Heading for the Icefields …

16 Sep


Rainy Day People / Gordon Lightfoot

Heading for the Icefields

Rainy.
But we’ve got an appointment at the Icefields.

Mountains are like oceans. 
Even in bad weather
they are beautiful
and mysterious.

At Last!!!
Icefields in sight!

Jasper Journey – Athabasca Falls …

10 Sep


Blue Water / Poco

Day 2: Rain
We head out for our scheduled Tour of Columbia Icefields.
But on the way we stop at 

Athabasca Falls

Decisions, decisions …

Be careful …

Deadly accident at Athabasca Falls

Posted date: August 12, 2011 / https://www.fitzhugh.ca/author/admin/

… Public Safety Warden Garth Lemke … said the individual went over the very top left-hand side of the falls at approximately 3:15 pm.
…  “It looked like every solid structure in his body had been broken,” … “It wasn’t a pleasant scene.”
In the past 20 years, the park has reported five fatalities at Athabasca Falls, all of the accidents occurring in a similar location. 
… “Chances are the victim died from the impact of the fall into the rocky waters, but hypothermia can also be fatal if a victim survives the fall …”
The area where the individual fell is blocked off by protective railings, along with signage warning visitors to stay back.

Hear the thunder 

Ray and Sarah’s video. Thanks guys. 

Next: on to the Icefields

Jasper Journey – Posters continued …

6 Sep


We May Never Pass this Way Again / Seals & Crofts


Jasper Journey – Posters of Yesteryear and today …

4 Sep


The Happy Wanderer / Tiny Tim


Jasper Journey – Around Town

3 Sep


The Happy Wanderer / The Obernkirchen Children / 1954

Headin’ for wonders.

‘Neath the guardian peak of Pyramid Mountain
Lies sleepy Jasper town

The jewel of the Rockies
Come! Come see the wonders!

Our Digs

Loaded for bear.

The den if full.
One of the best places I ever stayed.

Charming to a fault.

But first things first:

A pic with Jasper the Bear!

I’ve seen better pics of me.

What could be more Canadian than Jasper the Bear?!Well how about Jasper the beer?
EH!

Or Jasper on a dollar!

Onward …

Jasper Journey – Sunwapta Falls

28 Aug


Where the Long River Flows / Gordon Lightfoot (1966)

Some critter’s bin rubbin’ on this tree.

Signs of bear.

Jasper Journey – Tangle Creek

26 Aug


Let Your Love Flow / The Bellamy Brothers

Heading for Jasper – paused at Tangle Creek

Tangle Ridge Mountain was named by Mary Schäffer in 1907 for the difficulty that climbers had descending down Tangle Creek from the ridge. The mountain’s name became official in 1935 by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

Tangle Falls is a multi-tiered cascade that might be the most often photographed waterfall alongside the Icefields Parkway because of its easy access.

Jasper Journey – the Vanishing Glaciers – Columbia Icefields

25 Aug


Blue Canadian Rockies / Vera Lynn

The Columbia Icefields seem massive. Yet year by year, the glaciers recede.
Soon to be gone. 

 Scientists say they will gone in 80 years.

Google Maps image of Columbia Icefield and area

Soon to be the Columbia gravel pit.

Panorama shot

See those dots?
Those are people. 

But we missed our scheduled Icefield Tour.
Have to come back tomorrow. 
See you then. 

 

Jasper Holiday – Destination Columbia Icefields

24 Aug


Fire Prayer / Denean

Heading for the Icefields

Below Castle Mountain

Unidentified Range

Cirrus Mountain (left)

Hilda Peak (right) looks a little like the Matterhorn of Switzerland.
Athabasca Mountain with glacier in the Centre.

Snow Dome Mountain and Mount Kitchener 

Snow Dome and Dome Glacier

Finally! The Columbia Icefields!

We head into the Columbia Icefield Visitors Centre

My amateur video. Suggest you play on HD and .75 speed
– adjust in lower right. 

Wonders to behold.

 

Jasper Holiday – Heading for the Rockies

20 Aug


Where to now St. Peter / Elton John

Mountains are sort of like flowers.
Only bigger.

Heading Out

Heading out from Calgary. Rockies ahead.

Apology: A lot of these are going to be pedestrian quality images – tourist shots.

Grotto Mountain

Cascade Mountain                 

Cascade – How it got it’s name.

Mount Bourgeau

Unidentified Mountain

Every mountain has it’s own personality.

Castle Mountain (Left)

Was Mount Eisenhower for many years. Could have left it that way.
He was worthy of a Mountain. 

Castle Mountain

Probably one of the most photographed mountains in the world. 

Majestic, Amazing, Powerful

Coming: Destination Columbia Icefields 

Spirit Island, Jasper Alberta

14 Aug


A Minor Ballad / Gordon Lightfoot

“If Lake Louise is a pearl, Maligne is the entire pearl necklace.”
– Mary Schäffer

Just in case you thought I snitched this photo of Spirit Island at Jasper off the Net …
I didn’t. That’s mine.
I could easily have done that though – many great shots of this famous scene.
But I took this with my Sony DSC-HX80.
A nice little camera – but not Pro level. 
And if I really knew how to operate that thing the photo would likely have been better.
Yet it’s almost impossible to take a lousy pic up there.

I was hoping to get a nice reflection shot, but there was too much wind and rain.
Still nice.
We’ll be posting some more soon. Rose took a number of great shots.

Below is Peter Galesfamous photo of Spirit IslandMaligne Lake.


Peter Gales‘ image of Spirit Island hung in Kodak’s Colorama showcase in New York City’s
Grand Central Terminal in August and September of 1960.
This certainly helped to make Jasper famous. 

“The island is a spiritual place for the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, who believe mountains are physical representations of their ancestors. The fact that Spirit Island is surrounded on three sides by the same mountain range is very rare and makes it particularly significant to the Stoney.”
https://www.banffjaspercollection.com/attractions/maligne-lake-cruise/stories/8-amazing-facts-about-spirit-island/

Mary Schäffer Warren / Explorer

 (1861 – 1939)
American-Canadian naturalist, illustrator, photographer, and writer.
She is famous for her experiences in the Canadian Rockies in the early 20th century.

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Samson Beaver

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Samson Beaver and Family: daughter, Frances Louise and wife Leah. 

Photograph taken by Mary Schaffer; artist, photographer, writer and naturalist, in 1907. 

In 1907, Samson Beaver met Mary Schaffer, who had just failed in an attempt to find the route to a reputed large lake high in the mountains between Lake Louise and Jasper. Samson sketched a map showing the route to Chaba Imne

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