Sunday, July 4, 2010

Day 6 - June 19th, 2010 Fort Macleod, AB to Jasper, AB

The campground at Fort Macleod, AB last night was certainly a little dreary.  The entire area had received several inches of rain the previous day and several roadways and campgrounds were closed due to the flooding.  Supper had been a quick dash to an A&W between rain spurts.

We were up early to beat the tourist rush as it was the weekend and everyone stays in Banff and does day trips to Lake Louise.  Unfortunately we had to stop in Banff for gas which took 30 minutes because of the congestion.  Banff is Canada's Vail or Aspen, CO.  Gas prices are now in $/liter.

Lake Louise never disappoints and is as dramatic as the first time I saw it.  However, the glacier feeding the lake does seem to be receding.  Tons of non-English speaking tourists.

North of Lake Louise the traffic did lessen considerably but the scenery became even more dramatic as we approached Jasper National Park.

The Athabasca Falls just south of Jasper were very impressive and had a powerful feeling.  The boardwalks took you directly over the falls.  Best part of this stop was when a tour bus operator came over to look at our bikes and thought Tammy's bike was a KLR when he first saw it.  I had trouble convincing Tammy that was a compliment.

Stayed in a Jasper National Park campground about two miles south of Jasper after a great meal in town.  Neat town with tons of tourist's "opportunities".  Easy day with great scenery.

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