|Because we left the park last night to go into Hinton, we must re-enter today.|
|I think the pyramid shaped mountain is Whistler.|
|Can't say for sure the mountain or river name here.|
|These are shiny, pinkish-copper and morph into cotton-like bursts.|
|Which are wildflowers? |
And which is Lexie?
Hint: It's Lexie from the rear.
|Mountains that appear to shoot up like these are called "hoodoo".|
|Ice and snow are easier seen here. It is hundreds of feet deep.|
Let me say here that I had forgotten all I ever learned in school about glaciers so it's worth repeating here (direct from the brochure) about the making of glaciers and ice fields. Snow that remains after each summer's melt gradually changes into hard, interlocking ice crystals making the glacier. Beneath it's own weight, a glacier becomes elastic and slowly flows downhill, like a river of taffy -- becoming an ice field.
|Entry into the Columbia ice field.|
It can be driven on and there are places where campers can set up for a visit.
We did not.
|I've found to get the best size perspective for mountains is to include common items in the picture.|
|This is a common scene along the highway anytime wildlife is spotted. |
Here, several mountain goats were standing on the roadside.
One can be seen near the center of the picture -- to the left of the white camper.
|Another common sight: Wayne with binoculars.|
Now tell me... would you want the campsite beside this guy?
|Almost all of the lake waters we've seen along this route are aqua-milky colored. |
We're told the milky appearance is because of the amounts of silt coming off the rocky mountains.
|View from the rear of our camp site at Tunnel Mountain Campground in Banff National Park.|