when i grow up / first aid kit
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.
Climb Ev'ry Mountain / Peggy Wood
from The Sound of Music / Rogers and Hammerstein
Rainy Day People / Gordon Lightfoot
But we've got an appointment at the Icefields.
Icefields in sight!
Blue Water / Poco
Day 2: Rain
We head out for our scheduled Tour of Columbia Icefields.
But on the way we stop at
Be careful ...
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
We May Never Pass this Way Again / Seals & Crofts
The Happy Wanderer / Tiny Tim
The Happy Wanderer / The Obernkirchen Children / 1954
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.
Or Jasper on a dollar!
Where the Long River Flows / Gordon Lightfoot (1966)
Some critter's bin rubbin' on this tree.
Signs of bear.
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.
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.
But we missed our scheduled Icefield Tour.
Have to come back tomorrow.
See you then.
Fire Prayer / Denean
Below Castle Mountain
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.
Where to now St. Peter / Elton John
Mountains are sort of like flowers.
Heading out from Calgary. Rockies ahead.
Apology: A lot of these are going to be pedestrian quality images - tourist shots.
Every mountain has it's own personality.
Was Mount Eisenhower for many years. Could have left it that way.
He was worthy of a Mountain.
Probably one of the most photographed mountains in the world.
Majestic, Amazing, Powerful
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.
We'll be posting some more soon. Rose took a number of great shots.
Below is Peter Gales' famous photo of Spirit Island "Maligne Lake".
"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."
(1861 – 1939)
American-Canadian naturalist, illustrator, photographer, and writer.
She is famous for her experiences in the Canadian Rockies in the early 20th century.
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.