Within minutes, we rounded another curve and beautiful, snow covered Mount Robson came into view. Mount Robson is the highest point in the Canadian Rockies and is the 21st most prominent peak in North America.
|Mount Robson is 12,972 feet high. Notice how tiny the cars and the road look in comparison.|
|Entry to Mount Robson Park. |
The white mountain goat is akin to the Asian antelope and has suction hooves, allowing it to walk and climb on ice.
|Alberta is Canada's wild rose country.|
|I think this is Lake Lucerne with flowers in the foreground and mountains behind.|
|Entering Jasper National Park we stopped to walk Lexie and see the historical markers.|
(That's where I get all the factoids reported here.)
We never suspected the beautiful scenery we were about to behold. This stretch of road is known as the Icefields Parkway and runs from Jasper to Lake Louise and has always commemorated Canada's powerful natural landscape. It's a scenic drive, not a transportation corridor -- commercial vehicles are banned and the speed limit is minimal.
The Yellowhead Highway traverses land that is home to grizzlies, black bears, coyotes, wolves, elk, deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep and a whole lot more. Along our drive during these two days we saw coyote, mountain goats, elk and black bear.
|There are two elk in this picture. They are in the lower right, near the trees,just above the water.|
|The Mountain Pine Beetle have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres of trees.|
Signs warning of the danger of these beetles are posted along the roadside.
|More signs of the Mountain Pine Beetle's destruction can be seen in this picture. |
Trees in the distance are all dead.
|This herd of mountain goats stood along the roadside having their pictures taken... |
until a park ranger came along and made all the humans go away.
|See the tiny little car at the bottom.|
Late in the afternoon we turned off Yellowhead Highway and went into Hinton, Alberta and settled in at the Hinton KOA. On the roadway, we passed this sign. It reminded me just how far we are from our hometown.
The Hinton KOA was easy to find. However, to our surprise, this frail looking bridge was the only way into the campground.
|The bridge's weight restriction sign is noticeably absent. |
The stream runs under the bridge some 30-40 feet below.
Mona and Blackie together weigh nearly 43,000 pounds.
We got out to take a look, first-hand. What happens if we're too heavy?
|Wayne and Lexie after her last even walk; just before sunset.|
All is well in the world right now.
|Any time we think our rig is too big, we see something like the monster on the right. |
It's a 45' Newell towing a 30' trailer that contains a Lexus and a motorcycle. Yep.
That's us on the left, leaving the campground next morning. Gee we look small.
|Made it in over the bridge okay. |
Made it out over the bridge okay.
|A Wal-Mart "fix" for the Wayner. See that look of satisfaction?|
There aren't many Super Walmarts in Canada. This one will do for now.
He's bought container for still more sewage stuff.