BANFF TO JASPERThursday, May 29
We pulled out of the campground in a steady rain and headed for Jasper. We had originally planned to drive up the Bow Valley Parkway again because the views were terrific and the highway was good enough for our big rigs. However, because of the rain and clouds, we elected to go on up the Trans-Canada Highway 1. During the day, the weather came and went--actually, the sun timed its reappearance almost perfectly for the stops we wanted to make as we drove up the Icefields Parkway. At Bow Pass [elevation 6810], we even caught a few snowflakes!
|Canadian Rockies on the way to Jasper|
|View from Bow Pass on the Icefields Parkway|
|Break in the weather at Bow Pass|
|Each bus carries a price tag of $1.3 million!!|
The wheels are 5.5 feet tall, and the bus features all-wheel drive to manage the route up to the glacier.
At one point, the "road" goes down a 34% grade! The driver put our chariot in SuperLow to crawl down this steep grade--and had to use it again coming back to the transfer point!!
We had about 10 minutes to wander around on the glacier and take pictures.
|The glacier is receding about 10 meters per year|
|Jack and Betty in front of Athabasca Glacier|
|Tam and Ray at Athabasca Glacier|
|"Bus" returning from the glacier about to climb 34% grade hill up a moraine.|
|Up close and personal: the "face" of the Athabasca Glacier|
|Bundled up against the wind chill at the glacier|
|The tongue of the Athabasca Glacier|