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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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!
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!!!
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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