Saturday, September 05, 2015

Saturday 5th September 2015…day 12!!!!

On the road again by 8.15am I find that is the best way to beat the crowds this long weekend and the sun was shining and although cool a beautiful day!!!

About 2 miles out of town I saw vehicles parked on the side of the road with flashes going and that is a sign of animal sightings so I also pulled over and off the road.

Got out of the car and saw this beauty

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Now this is where it gets interesting and I have no idea whatsoever of animal behavior but there was another male on the other side of the highway

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It seemed to me like they were communicating with each other

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and the one of the other side just kept coming

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I was parked behind that white car and I decided to get back in my car

 

 

I am sorry I could not get any close ups of this magnificent animal!!!!

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Isn't that a marvelous shot!!!!

They wondered away and so did I but not before taking this shot!!!

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It was about a 40 minute drive to the trail head and I knew this was going to be a toughie!!!!

From the parking lot it was all the way up hill a total of 2300 foot elevation gain.

I started off dressing warmly but soon ditched the tuque, gloves and jacket.

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The trail was hard by the snow but refreshing views..

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Then the switch backs started

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X is my destination!!!

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All I have to do now is scale that peak!!!

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In the middle the little patch is where I started at the car park!!!

Well finally made it I was sweating profusely and before I took photos I had to change my shirt, get some clothes on because it was cool…sat and had lunch with these incredible views…like being on top of the world!!!

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It was wonderful and getting down much much easier.  A good job I started on the hike early I must have passed at least 100 hikers going up most of them breathlessly asking how much further!!!

The car park where I was parked was also the site of this

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I was definitely going for a soak but first I snook these photos through the fence

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Before I went for a soak I just wanted to see the old baths which was about a 2km hike but fairly flat!!

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I walked a little father and found one of the sources of the springs and yes it was HOT!!!!

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I eventually got into the springs there were 4 pools 2 hot and 2 cold and I spent an hour in one of the hot ones it felt really good….the only comment I would make is that it just felt like any pool anywhere it would have been nice if they had somehow made it more mountain rustic…I think I would have preferred the old springs…the good thing the prices were very reasonable..$5.15 for this old senior!!!

I was back home by 5pm and it was a great day went into town and this time had a nice supper……now relaxed and almost ready for bed.

I leave Jasper in the morning and am staying at a hotel tomorrow night that does not have internet and then Monday I drive to Canmore which is about 15 minutes away from Banff and staying there 4 nights..so no blog tomorrow check back Monday for a big one….

Happy long weekend to all my American and Canadian friends and readers!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

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