We have been pretty much cooped up at home since arriving home from Vancouver on March 19/20. We have managed small walks and a very few excursions into Edmonton, but anything resembling a trip or vacation was far away………………………………..or so we thought.
When we heard that some Parks Canada National Parks would be opening June 1/20, I by chance looked at the website for our favourite place to stay in Jasper and saw they were offering an opening discount. What luck!
Reservation made and confirmed, plan put in place and packing completed, we were ready to head out on a real adventure.
Our yard was starting to look pretty good and we knew it would keep for the 5 dasy we would be away.
The first stop was our local motor club to pick up a discounted Parks pass, but, alas, they had none. Darn, now we would have to stop at the park gatehouse and buy a more expensive one.
We were soon on Whitemud Drive heading for the Henday and then the Yellowhead West to Jasper. We had a 4+ hour drive to Jasper and wanted to arrive near check-in time (4 PM).
Approaching Noon, we were feeling peckish and looked for a place to stop for lunch. Seeing the turnoff for a day use area at Lake Isle, we opted for this. We missed the day use area turnoff, but at the end of the road, found ourselves out in the middle of nowhere in the country. Hey, this would do. Climbing out of the car, we breathed in the country air and hoped there would be no mosquitoes.
We marvelled at the blue sky and the clouds.
In the distance, we saw a raptor soaring high in the sky. Not quite ready with the camera, I missed the shot.
Lunch eaten, we were soon on our way again, rolling through Entwistle, Evansburg, Wildwood, Edson (restroom stop), Hinton (gas stop) and on to the park gates. There was no line up, but a gate was open. OK, how much is this gonna cost us? Good news, they were not yet ready to charge admission and we could enjoy our time in the Park for free for the whole 5 days. Yay!!!
We rolled on through beautiful mountain scenery, past emerald green lakes, lime green foliage and lofty mountains. We felt giddy with excitement and this was just the drive.
In Jasper, we ordered a takeout pizza and did the Covid clean thing for the pickup, taking the pizza up the road with us to eat on the shore of Patricia Lake. Takeout never tasted so good.