Icefields Parkway

Icefields Parkway
The drive from Jasper to Banff is spectacular. More incredible alpine vistas, Athabascan Falls with its moss-clad rocks, the Athabascan Glacier Fields and our lovely Wilcox Campground near Sunwapta Pass having a spectacular view of a snow clad mountains. 

  

Athabascan Falls
    
Athabascan Falls
  
Athabascan Falls
    

My campsite
  
Taco Dinner
   

Alpine Lakes and Hot Springs

Jasper National Park is chock full of unexpectedly beautiful vistas. Around every turn, it seems, we find a new opportunity for exclamations of “Oh, my god, look at that!”  In addition, abundant wildlife viewing opportunities (today, including Bighorn Sheep, elk and moose) remind us that we are truly in the wild. 

Todays destinations included, Medicine Lake, Lake Maligne and Miette Hot Springs, where we soaked in the 104 degree waters (outside air temp being 46 degrees!), ate a home cooked Greek dinner At our innkeeper’s restaurant where we rented a small bungalow cabin for the night. 

 

Medicine Lake
  
Lake Maligne
  
Knife edged ridges
  
Bighorn Sheep
  
Miette Hot Springs pool
  
Mermaids
  
Cozy Bungalow
 

Jasper National Park

The drive from Wells Gray Provincial Park to Jasper National Park is spectacular!  Densely treed ridges give way to rugged snow topped mountains with new vistas presenting at every turn of the road. 

 

North Thompson River Falls
    

    

Shirley’s birthday dinner at a Jasper Korean Restaurant. They gave her a huge slice of cheesecake in honor of her birthday!  

 

Northern Lite Factory and Wells Gray Provincial Park

Great visit to the Northern Lite factory – an informative tour of the production process, a few minor repairs and an opportunity to meet the staff and the owner!  A truly professional organization striving for excellence in their field.

 

Mac and Russ of Northern Lote Mfg

After our factory tour, onward along the North Thompson River to Wells Gray Provincial Park – 30 miles off the beaten track in the mountains of British Columbia.  A cold night dropping to xx, but snug and warm in our camper.

 

North Thompson River

 

Pyramid Campground at Wells Gray Provincial Park

 

The Okanagan Valley

Leaving Spokane, we journeyed north to the Canadian border, then west to the Okanagan Valley – the “wine and fruit basket” of Canada. Miles of vineyards, wineries and orchards line the Okanagan River. We stopped for peaches and a cherry pie (to be baked at a later time).  

Okanagan Fruit Orchards
  

Lake Okanagan
   
Reaching Kelowna at 6pm, we enjoyed a picnic dinner of fried bagels with cream cheese, spinach, and smoked salmon and smoked trout, washed down by a gifted bottle of 2006 Penfolds Shiraz.   

From Idaho’s Payette River to Washington’s Palouse

A beautiful drive north, through the Palouse of Eastern Washington – lovely rolling hills, planted in wheat, recently harvested, some already ploughed under, prepared for planting winter wheat soon.


  
Arriving at the Millers in Spokane, burgers were on the menu, along with good conversation, good company, and old friends….

Grandpa Rich and Maddie

 

Grilled burgers!