We awoke earlier than planned when Neil St Clair decided to call and see how we were doing at 4.30 am our time. Thanks mate! Sleep evaded us for the rest of the night. When we went down for breakfast we found it was yet another wonderful day. The forecast was for 27 degrees Celsius and sunny. We ate the continental buffet around 8.30 and then headed south down the Icefields Parkway and turned off to visit Mt Edith Cavell.
It was a narrow windy road with a speed limit of 40 km/h. At the end of the road there was a car park with a trail leading up a hill beside a small, clear, swift running stream. Lance accidentally rolled his ankle in the car park and with the girls opting to stay in the car, I walked alone up the trail about 300 metres to where I had a great view of the small glacier perched up on the mountain and the small waterfall from the melting ice. Lance was walking a bit better upon my return a few minutes later so we returned to the car and headed back towards the 93A highway. Our next stop was the Athabasca Falls. It was around 20 km along a narrow, bumpy but sealed road. There was a lot of water going over the falls and the vantage point we had was very close to the action. A squirrel was picking and tossing mini pine cones from the top of a tree. Another squirrel was eating them. I took a few photos. With everything else we did today they may not make the short list for the blog photos but let me know if you want to see them. I have a short video of the waterfall too.
We headed back to Jasper for lunch. I dropped Darlene, Karol & Lance in town to buy something and I returned to the hotel for left over pizza from last night. It was too good to waste :-). The hotel had a microwave down the hall in a staff room. The door was open so I guess they were inviting me to use it. After lunch I caught up with the others. We dropped Lance & Karol at the hotel and Darlene & I went for a drive to Pyramid Lake. We purchased an Australian wine on the way back to the hotel and relaxed over the nice Pirramimma Cabernet Sauvignon. Really happy with the photos today, I hope you like them too.