Day 23 - Jasper to Airdrie

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Friday, September 3, 2010

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
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sacmillar on

Josh-you have great perspective!

Dave and Heidi on

Just found your journal today - unfortunately it got routed to Junk Mail which we don't check often; situation now remedied though - looks like your are having a life altering trip - lots to quiz you on when we meet againg. Thanks so much for sharing.

Dave and Heidi on

Just doing our wt pre-study and reminded of your assessment of TV programing quality (or lack of) in par 9 about mind conditioning - sobering though eh?

inuvik2010 on

Profound paragraph indeed. The pic of the brother with the images behind him including the sub really makes a Christian wonder where to draw the line.

Heidi on

Do you know how many people actually swim in the Arctic Ocean each year? It can't be that many - you must be in some exclusive club now - sure maybe not K9 but quite rare for the average Canadian or even Earthling! Did you meet up with your folks in Inuvit?

Heidi on

oops - I meant K7 - guess I'm just dog tired.......

inuvik2010 on

Unfortunately, we did not meet up with the brother in Inuvik. We think he may have had to be out of town for family reasons. Beth has her sights set on a five ocean swim. 2 to go.

Heidi on

I was hoping you'd jumped into the Pacific while you were here but I was afraid to ask in case you hadn't - love the Five Ocean Quest plan!!! We've been sharing your updates with my Mom and Dad - they really enjoyed meeting you both and hearing about your adventures too - especially opportunities you created for remote witnessing.

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