One Of The Most Beautiful Places On Earth
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
31Trip End Sep 2008
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Where I stayed
Don and Paddy's
I headed north, stopping to buy gas in the town of Radium Hot Springs; the name testimony to the geologically active nature of the area. Radium is a beautiful, if somewhat touristy town just outside the entrance to Kootenay National Park. I stop at the entrance to the park to pay the entry fee then proceed through narrow canyon walls into the park. There are periodic rain showers but I prepared for that probability when I left camp so I keep going. The overwhelming, and very sad impression I'm left with of Kootenay is kilometer after kilometer (I'm in Canada -- everything's in metrics) mountainside after mountainside covered with dead trees
Steve and I meet at Castle Junction and ride together up the Icefields Parkway. It's cold and rainy and as we ascend the rain turns to snow. The temperature gage on the bike says it's 2C (36F). Once again I'm grateful for the electrics but disappointed that cloud are hiding the scenery. Eventually the weather lets up and Steve is patient with me as I continually pull over to try to capture the majesty that surrounds me. This absolutely is overwhelming beauty that the camera cannot begin to capture but here are some of my attempts.
We leave the park on Highway 11. Steve will continue on home to Sundre and I pull off between the towns of Rocky Mountain House and Caroline to the home of friends Don and Paddy