Panama to Alaska 2008 travel blog

Lake Louise

Crowsfoot glacier

Rick with his tools out

Athabasca falls

Last Day in Sandals?

I put my sandals on as usual this morning but that was probably the last time for a while. The weather was beautiful - just a few puffy clouds in the sky - but it was only 5 degrees Centigrade - chilly. We kept the beautiful weather all day.

We set off along the Icefields Parkway which runs north from Banff to Jasper and our first stop was at Lake Louise. We marvelled at the scenery, the colour of the lake (I paddled)and the huge hotel. Oliver Lane told me that he had once worked in Lake Louise so his postcard will be written tonight.

Second stop: The Crowfoot Glacier. John Savory showed me his photos from a visit in 1960 so we shall have to compare when we get home. I think that one can still see three claws.

A short time later Rick's car lost power so we pulled over to investigate. It turned out to be a faulty connection to the battery, possibly caused by a large dip in the raod at the exit from Lake Louise. I hit a dip too fast this afternoon and hope that there are no bad consequences.

We stopped at the Columbia Icefield where we could walk to the glacier - quite a struggle in the icy wind and at an altitude of almost 2000 metres. Our last stop on the Parkway was at the Athabasca Falls - a glacial green in colour and very powerful.

There were no points of interest on the road after Jasper but we did see a number of deer and sheep. The scenery was certainly less dramatic but pleasant nonrtheless. Many pine trees and undulating hills.

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