It is amazing to me that I am still so far behind on journaling my travels here on my site. Granted I’ve been very busy with other things, but a big part of my delay is that I had so many tremendous experiences in Canada! Where I typically share a few, and sometimes several days worth of experiences in one post, I’m finding that one day… or even part of a day… is more than enough to fill a page with as many images as I allow myself.
My side trip west to Mount Robson, was not exception. Sure I could whittle down some of the similar images, but they are all unique in some way. (It’s often an agonizing and time consuming job the whittle them as far as I have!!) So… while my days are filled with SO MUCH beauty there will be my usual volume of images, with fewer words to describe them. (Great news for those of you who just like to look at pretty pictures! 🙂 )
After a full morning in Jasper National Park (last post) I crossed back into British Columbia and out the Yellowhead Highway to Mount Robson Provincial Park for some hiking. My first stop was the visitors center, which I always find helpful in learning what my best options are given the time I’ve allowed myself. The staff agreed that the hike I had already researched… Kinney Lake… would be my best choice. They also suggested a waterfall a bit farther down the highway that would be worth seeing as well.
I knew before setting out that dogs are allowed on the Kinney Lake trail, otherwise they’d have spent the afternoon in the motorhome anxiously awaiting my return. These two are always happy to be on the trail with me, and show their appreciation with full body wags and smiles. (Yes… they really do smile!) They are also very well behaved trail dogs, even when not on leash.
So we happily set out together along Robson River on the Kinney Lake trail. (This is actually the first leg of the Berg Lake trail, but dogs are not allowed beyond Kinney Lake.) This is a relatively easy 6 mile round trip hike. It follows the river much of the way, periodically meandering off into the deep woods. At the end… is one of the most pristine emerald colored lakes I have ever seen! Well worth the hike even if it means stopping to catch your breath from time to time!
Listening to the flow of the river, which originates at Robson Pass and feeds into the Fraser, brought to mind the musings of one of my favorite authors, John Muir- “The Snow is melting into music.” It was certainly sweet music to my ears.
Where I was rewarded with this spectacular scenery to photograph, the girls were rewarded with a crystal clear lake to cool off and play in! Sadie in particular gets amped up about this, especially when there are sticks involved, but once Jazzy has lounged for a bit in the cool water she gets her trademark “schuck ‘n jive” thing going. It’s really quite hilarious to watch this otherwise docile dog get excited.
On our way back down the trail I encountered this adorable group of girls, all carrying their own packs, hiking well ahead of their parents. I couldn’t help but think back on my childhood, and the many cherished moments I spent tromping through the woods with my brothers. It was those very experiences that sparked my undying love and respect for nature.
After our hike we headed a few more miles down the highway to Rearguard Falls Provincial Park and did a much shorter hike out to the falls. These falls mark the upper limit of the 800 mile migration of salmon from the Pacific Ocean. Only a few Chinook, largest and strongest of the salmon, come this far. After several years at sea they return here to their birthplace on the Fraser River to spawn and die, thus starting the cycle over. (Salmon run)
On our return drive to Jasper I stopped a few times to capture the beauty of Moose Lake which parallels Yellowhead Highway (Hwy-16) for about seven miles. I really had to hustle to get the train shot, but I was grateful for my timing!
As I neared Jasper National Park again I spotted this bull elk… magnificent enough to pull over for! And as I turned to get back in my car took one last shot of the equally magnificent Mount Robson.
After a very full day I sat outside my motorhome with a glass of wine and entertained myself by watching the clouds float across the sky… revealing, then draping, and then revealing again… all the surrounding mountains. I believe I was thinking to myself, “Surely it can’t get any better than this!” The following day however, would be its rival… chock full of wildlife!!!
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