Day 23 - Jasper to Airdrie
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Beth insisted on driving for most of the day as this was her third trip through here and my first. I'm not great with the camera, but it is easy to be trigger happy on a day like today. First stop was Athabasca Falls. The water is impossibly turquoise here. The glaciers erode the mountains and release 'rock snow' into the rivers. This 'snow' just happens to reflect light at the turquoise 'frequency'. The water feels colder here than the Arctic Ocean.
The mountains along the way were awe-inspiring.
Next up were the Columbia Icefields. This is home of the great Athabasca Glacier, which feeds the rivers in the area. This glacier has been receding steadily over the last hundred years, and given another hundred, will be gone altogether. A hike to the toe of the glacier reminded us of the importance of regular cardio in one's life.
Lake Louise is probably the most beautiful lake I have ever seen. The backdrop, and the foreground is truly spectacular.
Banff is a pretty town with what seems like mandatory timber and cedar shake construction throughout. Even in the subdivisions, far from wooded areas, a deer sighting is not uncommon. We found a buck eating someone's rosebush for lunch.
We arrived at Beth's cousin Jarred's place for a deeply satisfying beef roast, and fabulous apple crisp.
An incredible drive today