More of Jasper National Park

After so many days of rain leading up to my arrival I was grateful as can be to wake up to blue skys and sunshine on my second morning in Jasper National Park! Since I had no hook-ups where I was camped, and knew that I would not be able to take my dogs along on all of my expeditions, one of my first objectives for the day was to check on relocating to The Wapiti campground which was about to open for the season. Since it was their first day of the season I had to figure I stood a good chance of landing a site with electric at least.  [Interesting tidbit about the word Wapiti… it’s a Shawnee word for Elk, or literally… white rump.]

Since the rangers would not be manning the booth for a few hours yet I decided to go exploring for a bit. I barely got on the road when I spotted this healthy looking coyote, out looking for breakfast no doubt.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Coyote on the prowl

I know most wildlife forages for food early in the morning so I was on the look-out. I decided to drive up Marmot Basin Road knowing the lifts were closed and there’d be little if any traffic, increasing my chances of another bear sighting. Low and behold… about half way up the hill I was thrilled to spot this beauty, and right at a pull out too! While she grazed I stood in the doorway shooting over the top of my car… until I saw her cub. That prompted me to slip quietly back inside and shoot the remainder of the images from within. I enjoyed observing and photographing these two for nearly thirty minutes. What a treat! The cub was particularly entertaining. The mother… ever so watchful… was HUGE!    I was amazed that she did not seem disturbed by my presence.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Female Grizzly

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Female Grizzly and cub

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Grizzly cub in a tree

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Grizzly cub

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Momma grizzly eating her greens

When I finally drove away I spotted this deer who seemed to be aware of their presence judging by her rapt attention in their direction.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Whitetail deer

Still far from check-in time I decided to drive up to Pyramid and Patricia Lakes for a look around. At that hour I pretty much had these beautiful lakes to myself. The girls and I enjoyed a cool crisp walk out to the island on Pyramid Lake. The serenity of the lake at that time of day was refreshing to say the least.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Pyramid Lake

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

The island on Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

From the island on Pyramid Lake

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Sadie and Jazzy, explorers extraordinaire!

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Aspen grove

With still a little more time on my hands I dropped back into town for a cup of coffee and internet time at Lou Lou’s. (aka Office)  I got a kick out of their creative and effective signage. :-)

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Lou Lous Restaurant, Jasper

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Old church in Jasper

By mid-morning I was relocated to Wapiti campground. The only place they could put me was in their overflow parking, which is really nothing but a parking lot (with several electric hook-ups) at the north end of the campground, but I actually liked it there. Instead of being in the woods I was out in the open surrounded by gorgeous mountains and loads of elk strolling by throughout the day. (thus the name!)  Once settled I scooted on out to see Lakes Anette, Edith, Mildred and Beauvert. The area was oddly void of people, but I didn’t mind. All the more serenity for me!

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Anette Lake

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Anette Lake

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Beauvert Lake

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

I believe three are Ring-necked Ducks, with the exception of possibly the brown one

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Female elk with radio collar

On my way back through town I spotted yet another grizzly!!  I immediately pulled off and grabbed my camera, and then watched in amusement as this momma bear walked up to the road and literally looked both ways before crossing with her cubs. Smart bear!!!

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Female grizzly at HWY-93

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Female grizzly and cubs crossing highway

My adventures in Jasper had only just begun and I was already hopelessly in love with the place! The beauty is almost overwhelming it’s so intense! It’s majestic in every direction. And the density and diversity of wildlife is incredible too, as you’ll see in my upcoming posts.

This day was far from over. I spent my afternoon venturing out to Mount Robson Provincial Park for a closer look and a hike to Kinney Lake. I got so many amazing images while there that I have to save that adventure for the next post!! I know I use this word a lot, and I hate to be redundant, but seriously… WOW!!!  I’ll get on it soon! Promise!

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