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Road Trip – Hello, Old Friend

All photos taken on October 10, 2021, as we travelled through jasper National Park on our trip between Kamloops and Beaumont.

Just past the halfway point on this day’s drive, we rolled through Jasper National Park. Rather than drive into Jasper town for a restroom break, we opted to stop at Talbot Lake, instead. Much as we wanted to linger in the mountains, we had more than 4 hours of driving left.

Entering the park at the West gates
snow capped majesty
driving past Maligne Lake Road
the mighty Athabasca River
back at Talbot Lake for a rest stop
only a bit of fall colour left, but a brilliant sunny day

This is one of the few times this old coot has seen so many coots in one place

gathering of the Coots, before they head for warmer climes
snow has fallen even at lower mountain levels
look, here’s some now!
sun dappled waters
one last look at Talbot
one last peak – see you next May, old friend

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

19 thoughts on “Road Trip – Hello, Old Friend

  1. Great post and wonderful photos, Allan 🙂 The Canadian Rockies would have to be the most visually spectacular regions that I have been to, and I could not believe that it took me so long to make it there and experience the region’s natural beauty. Thanks for sharing and have a good day, well, as good as it can be given that the world had to wake up to the devastating news about the war! Aiva 🙂

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    1. Thanks Aiva. This area always makes us happy, as we have spent so much time there for the last 46 years. We have no plans to stop visiting, but our visits may change a bit when we can no longer hike as far. Today is an awful day for Ukraine, the world and humanity. It proves that bullies are still around will get what they want at all costs. If you are elected in any manner other than a free and fair election, you are a dictator, you are not a president. I am starting to see what my son is saying about how dangerous nationalistic tendencies can be. Stay safe and thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. It is scenic for sure. We are headed back for a stay in May and can’t wait. Your trip through is summer will be to a busier park, for sure. Make sure you have your accommodation booked. If you have time when you are passing through my area, I’ll spot you a coffee. Cheers. Allan

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      1. We are planning to visit for 10 days at the end of June, which will probably be busy because of the Canada Day long weekend. I’ve reserved all our campsites the day the Parks Canada reservation window opened for the season, the only thing outstanding is whether we can snag a day-use reservation for Lake O’Hara in Yoho. Fingers crossed. We’ll actually be flying into and out of Edmonton, so I will totally take you up on your offer for a coffee (and maybe perhaps a hike in Bunchberry Meadows??).

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      2. OMG that sounds fabulous. We are only 15 minutes away from the airport and Bunchberry is 30 minutes away from us. Coffee on the back deck and a Bunchberry hike are totally doable. As it gets closer, get in touch with me on my contact page so we can coordinate. In the meantime, happy planning. Allan

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    1. The scenery on our 11,000 km of driving to the coast and back this year was easy on the eye. As I did all the driving, the photos Patty took allow me to remember the beauty. Thanks for reading Ann. Allan

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