Hard to find WiFi in Jasper

Trip Start Jun 19, 2009
Trip End Jul 26, 2009

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Wapiti Campground, Jasper Nat'l Park

Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Friday, June 26, 2009

Hi everybody!

Right now, I am in an ice cream store in Jasper, Alberta, Canada.  Here I can get on the net, (for $1 per ten minutes) but can't post any pictures from this computer.  (It's older than mine at home!!!)  While I'm on this computer, I'm doing laundry next door.  The cost is ridiculous: $4 for wash, $4 for dry. Later, after the laundry is done, I'll try to find the library and see if they have WiFi.

Banff and Jasper National Parks are cool!  And I mean that literally...yesterday morning I could see my breath.  This morning I took a hike on the Wilcox Pass Trail to above tree line.  The wind was blowing and the temp was the COLDEST yet.  But it was beautiful as the sun rose over the mountains to my east and cast its glow on the mountains to my west.  I hiked to an observation point where I could see the Athabasca Glacier across the highway to the west.  The sun illuminated both the clouds and the snow.  During just the time I was at the observation spot, the cloud cover over the glacier changed several times.  Looks like the rest of the day may be cloudy.

My van is getting pretty good gas mileage, since the speed limit in these national parks is 90 km/hr, (translate that to 55 mph).  That's the good part.  The bad part is the price of gas: $1.10 per liter, which is way over $4 per gallon.  Ouch!!!

Wapiti Campground was a little disappointing.  Many trees had been cut (pine beetle infestation?) and just left piled up around the campground.  I suppose this was to be free firewood, but it made the campground look messy.  I had a site near the river, and at least the sound of the water was pleasant.

Tomorrow I will travel north on the Big Horn Highway (Hwy 40) through a mostly undeveloped area of Alberta and then into British Columbia for the start of the Alaska Highway.  The campground where I'll stay tomorrow night should have WiFi.

It rained for a short while last night, but it put me to sleep!  I'm having a great time.  Wish you were here...but not all of you could fit in my van!  But the roof rack is empty.......
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