Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.
After breakfast at our motel and checking out, we started for Maligne Lake. It is a bit of a distance from Jasper town, but the scenery was excellent. We arrived at Maligne Lake and walked a little on the shore then went into the dining room to warm up and get some coffee. There is a 1-1/2 hour cruise available that takes you up the lake but we realized that we didn't really have the time to take it without having a really late return to Banf
Today, we started for Jasper National Park. We managed to get a reservation at the Best Western in Jasper (recommended) so we decided to take one day and drive through the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper, then tour a little of Jasper the next day and return to Banff.
Today, we decided to visit some other smaller national parks adjacent to Banff National Park. There are two just west. We started to make a grand loop through Kootenay and then up the Columbia River valley to Yoho but we realized that this would be a very long day. We changed our plans and drove into Kootenay to see the sights just across the pass, then retrace our path back to Banff and up to Yoho.
On day two of our trip, we took the advice of the fine fellow at the Visitor Centre and went straight to Moraine Lake. We arrived at about 8:15 am to find that the parking lot was already full. After waiting to drive through the lot, I dropped Jennifer and Leslie at the entrance, then went looking for a parking space. Fortunately, just after that, an RV pulled out and provided parking space for another car and me, very close to the lake.
We traveled to Banff National Park, and hope to see it and the surrounding Canadian National Parks along the Canadian Rockies. This was a fly-to trip and we stayed in a timeshare condo in the town of Banff with our neighbor, Leslie.
On our way home, we spent a day at Crater Lake National Park. It has been 4 years since we were last there. This is a place where you first look over the rim at the lake and just say, Oh My!! It is really gorgeous and so I had to take a bunch of photos. On this trip, the eastern rim road was still closed because of snow, and the northern entrance and western rim road had just opened a few days before we arrived, so there was lots of snow vis
North Cascades National Park is in north central Washington, up against the Canadian border. It contains several recreation areas centered around its lakes. We drove through the park on our way to Seattle, and spent the night at Newhalem campground which has nicely spaced sites. There are a number of hiking trails available from the campground and also a walk to the National Park visitor center, which is a place we always visit when we are at