Every once in a while the stars align, and things just fall into place.
When they do - you just have one of those perfect days where nothing can put a damper on it.
Today was one of those days!
It began with a Bear walking in front of the bus.
I tried to get a photo of it but my battery was dead and by the time I got it
swapped out it had wandered off in search of another camper to eat.
Meanwhile... for several days I'd been watching the weather hoping that our
Sunday drive up the Ice field parkway would be in good conditions.
As one of the prettiest drives in North America - good weather would make all the difference.
As it turned out - we did not have a cloud in the sky.
Crystal Clear Conditions!
We could not have asked for better weather!
The 180 mile drive takes you thru the heart of the Canadian Rockies.
Beginning at TC-1 just north of Lake Lousie we headed north on the Parkway as the mountain
vistas enveloped us in 360 degrees of scenic beauty.
We noticed the big difference in this trip vs the last...
Previously we were pulling a 5th wheel with an F350 dually.
This time driving a Party Bus.
The difference in the view is like comparing a 27" TV to an IMax Theatre!
The big front windshield and glass all around makes for so much more of an
Its the only way to travel!
We stopped at several pullouts to enjoy the scenery.
At several we became the subject of the tourists cameras as they were not
accustomed to seeing RV's like ours.
One of the numerous mountain lakes along the parkway.
Kate & I pose for the camera
An iPhone Panorama
The mountains reflected in the calm waters as we motored northward.
Midway on the drive we climb up into the Columbia Icefield, the largest
Icefield - One of the largest non-polar icefields, and the largest in the Rocky Mountains
of North America.
We stopped at the Icefield Center for lunch and to let the dogs (and us) stretch our legs.
You can boondock in the large RV Parking lot at the Icefield Center.
The Athabasca Glacier towers over the bus in the distance.
You can take snow cat tours of the glacier from the Icefield Center.
|RV Parking at Icefield Center Jasper National Park|
Heading down the northern slope the road follows the Athabasca River.
We will follow the river all the way to Jasper, and then beyond when we leave
Jasper in several days.
This pickup truck has been following us for miles.
The faster I go... the faster it chases me!
Kate took a nap with the dogs for a bit.😴 💤
Back down to about 3,600 feet, the forest is mixed Deciduous/Conifer again.
Our destination for the night is at the foot of the mountain straight ahead.
Finally we are nestled in our new home.
Whistlers Campground in Jasper National Park
|Whistler Campground Jasper NP Site 64C|
It's a beautiful forested campground surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
I did a drivelapse video of the drive up the Icefield Parkway.
From leaving Banff to Backing into our Campsite.
It takes a 6 hr day and condenses it down to 11 minutes.
I had some problems with getting the HD resolution right but I think its working now.
If not - let me know.