beautiful blue skies that greeted us this morning gave us hope that the return
drive down the Icefields Parkway
would be a nice one.We had saved a few
places to stop on our return trip rather than just driving straight through.
approached the park from the west, Mt.Robson, the highest peak
in the Canadian Rockies, was in full view.This is a mountain like Mt.McKinley which makes its
own weather due to its height and snow cover on top.So, having the mountain visible is an unusual
event.We had not seen it on either
other drive through the area.
a few miles left for us on the Yellowhead
caught our eye with the peaceful reflections of the mountains and trees.
planned stop on the Parkway was SunwaptaFalls, but before we
arrived there we were stopped by a herd of mountain goats licking the minerals
from the side of the road.They just
stayed and let the many who stopped take pictures.Then it was on to the falls.
leaving the falls and making the climb up the pass, we stopped at the overlook
for the SunwaptaRiver valley.The altitude at the point is over 6000 feet
with the mountains still looming l000’s of feet higher.
quick stop at the Athabasca Glacier, we drove on to the Saskatchewan Crossing
for lunch and a walk out to the overlook to the valley.By this time the blue skies had given way to
storm clouds.With a few more stops for
quick photos at BowLake, which had thawed
since we had seen it in June, Bow Glacier and Crowfoot Glacier, we were soon on
our way to spend the night at Canmore.
we are off to Montana
and our final border crossing.
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