Peyto Lake...

Trip Start Jun 24, 2008
Trip End Aug 12, 2008

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

I had a sleep in the next morning, and didn't get up until 6.30am, some thirty minutes later than usual! I didn't intend to get up this early, but I heard Dave's alarm and then a whisper in my ear told me "blue sky" - that was good enough for me. I was out of the building within fifteen minutes, as I wanted to get to Maligne Lake as early as possible, and it was a 45 minute drive...

The drive itself was ridiculously scenic, but I didn't make any stops on the way as I could do that later, and it was a masterstroke because I got to Maligne Lake early enough to see some fantastic reflections. Just when I thought that I'd seen it all, something else comes along and tops it! I only did a short lakeside walk here, but it was enough to get to a peaceful lookout, where I resided on my own for the best part of an hour...heaven!

I had a steady drive back to Jasper while the campervans were belatedly travelling to the place I'd just come from, and after lunch, I began my journey south to Mosquito Lodge, a rustic hostel just north of Lake Louise. I'd chosen to stay here because of its close proximity to Peyto Lake, giving me the best chance to see it in all its glory early in the morning...

Before then, I settled into the peaceful hostel at the side of a river, chatting to the owner about the grizzly bears that were in the area. It kind of deterred me from roaming too far, so I just had a relaxing evening, and sat around the campfire when a few other guests arrived - it was nice not having electricity, and not having to worry about your Facebook status and the like!

Everything was going so well, and I just expected glorious weather the next morning - and I wasn't disappointed. So after a quick wash in the freezing river, I backtracked towards Peyto Lake in the hope of seeing some nice reflections, and I achieved this aim immediately at Bow Lake - to think that all these magnificent emerald lakes are all situated in such a small area!

I'd already been to Peyto Lake and wasn't overly impressed in comparison to the multitude of superior ones around, but going so early in the morning changed my view completely - the water was so green and still, and mountains could be seen for miles! And even better, I managed to enjoy it all in peace, escaping just as the Korean Tour Bus rolled into the car park...
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