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Athabasca Falls

The day started slowly as we did not set an alarm and slept in.  The weather was just a bit better with longer time between rain showers and the showers were not quite as heavy.  We wanted to go back down the Icefields Parkway just a little to see some of the areas we missed on the way up, but first we had to photograph the elks hanging around the campground. 

Our first stop on the parkway was Horseshoe Lake.  It was a short hike into the lake and, of course, the rain had to start.  Fortunately it wasn’t heavy so we really didn’t get wet.  We then stopped at Athabasca Falls.  The falls is an amazing sight as the water thunders over the edge. 

Taking the road less traveled, we made our way up the old road to take a look at Moab Lake.  Just as we arrived the rain fell again.  This time heavier, so we waited it out and ate lunch.  We did not realize that a hike was involved to get to the lake, so we took our second walk of the day. 

We returned to the trailer to get something to drink before making our second side trip of the day.  As we were leaving the campground, we noticed a mother elk and her small baby just about right by the road.  We had been told when we enter the campground that it was calving season and to watch out for mother elk as they can be dangerous.  She didn’t seem to mind us taking her picture, however.

Exploring another part of Jasper National Park we traveled to Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake.  Medicine Lake fills during the spring and summer, but by fall most of the water has drained to an underground water system leaving only a small stream of water until spring.  Maligne Lake is a very long (22 km), narrow lake.  It is a popular for boating.

We returned to the trailer, had dinner, and then spent a little time in Jasper exploring the shops.

Tomorrow we start the final push to Prince Rupert to await the ferry.

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Athabasca Falls
Athabasca Falls
Horseshoe Lake
Horseshoe Lake
Medicine Lake
Medicine Lake
Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake
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photo by: marg_eric