Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Rocky Mountain High

I think Catherine, Lisa and I would all agree that one particular day stands out from our trip...
We had arrived in Jasper a day earlier and set up camp. We knew sunny weather was expected so we planned a hike, recommended to us by Robyn, up the Bald Hills. We called in at the Parks Information centre beforehand to find a proper map and any extra inside knowledge and were excited to see a notebook recording sightings of black bears, grizzlies and caribou in the area. The whole hike was 5- 6 hours return including many snack breaks, and a bit of fun in the snow - which was such a thrill! I don't feel like I'll ever tire of snow and it was a first for Lisa and Catherine to hike through it, at the very end, on the way to the summit. We were grateful for a few footprints from someone before us that we could use as stepping stones. The snow was still about 30cm thick at least in parts but the day was warm so we were fine in our shorts. This was also the day we spotted ALL of the creatures in the post a few below, a couple of which we also saw on subsequent days.

Oh and I should mention that the Hairy Marmot was the one who came up and said hello when we were near the snow. We half expected him to start talking to us like a creature out of Narnia. We didn't see any other animals on our hike other than some squirrels. Probably for the best as a Grizzly might have been a bit too much excitement and terror for us to handle. All of the other animals were quite close to the road side so we viewed them from a safe but close distance.

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