Alaska, the Last Frontier - Summer 2012 travel blog

Bow Lake

Moraine Lake

Bow Lake

Glacier Highway

Lake Louise with flowers

Bow Lake fireweed

Lake Louise


When we paused for a week in Banff and Jasper National Parks in May on the drive north to Alaska, nearly all the lakes were frozen. We’re not sure how long it took, but they were clearly all thawed on a beautiful warm day as we retraced our steps south. We weren’t the only ones who had gotten the message that this was the place to be, but the parks have lots of pullouts and viewing points that had room for us in the motor home and many, many other people. At the northern end of the park, many of the mountains still had picturesque dustings of snow, but by the time we stopped at Banff, the mountains were au natural.

At Lake Louise it was hard to find a place to park. Many folks were traversing the aquamarine waters in canoes. We could distinctly remember this same view, totally frozen. We saw three separate wedding parties celebrating this special day in the bright sunshine. Outdoor weddings are always a gamble, and the couples that married today won big time.

We are camped in Banff at the same park where we stayed before. Then we had reservations and felt foolish because we were almost the only ones here. So today we didn’t bother with a reservation and there were hardly any spots left. Timing is everything.

We’re glad that we did not try to make it all the way to the US border today. On the news today we heard that the border crossing was closed because of a suspicious package that might be an explosive. Much better to spend a beautiful day in the Canadian Rockies than cooling our heels in a line of other annoyed travelers.

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