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Made it to the Alaska Highway - Jfoto

Made it to the Alaska Highway

August 7, 2009  |  7 Comments  |  Leave a comment  |  More photos

After a night at the Canmore municipal campground we headed back into Banff to try and find a site near the Banff town site. Because of the August long weekend all the campgrounds in Banff were booked. We managed to snag the last available site at Two Jack Lake a campground about 5km from the town of Banff. Sue’s mom Sandra was still traveling with us and we spent the day touring around Banff before heading north along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park.

The view from the terrace of the Banff Springs Hotel.

Along the route to Jasper we stopped off at Johnston Canyon, Lake Louise, Peyto Lake and the Columbia Icefield to give Sandra the grand tour. Being the height of the tourist season all but the Icefields were rammed with people and the only reason the Icefields weren’t busy was because we got there at sun down. It was great though, it made for some amazing photos. The wind up by the glacier was so cold our hands felt frost bitten. After leaving the Icefields we drove the last 150km to the town of Jasper in the dark. A bit of a white-knuckle experience in mountains filled with elk, moose, mountain goats and mountain sheep.

The infamous Peyto Lake in Banff National Park.

For the next two nights we camped at Whistler’s, a campground near the town of Jasper, to explore the area. While we were there Sue’s mom got to see wild mountain goats and elk for the first time.

Elk sightings are common in Jasper National Park.

Our last day in Jasper we said our goodbyes to Sandra who took a shuttle to Edmonton to catch her flight home. We spent the next few hours riding one of the bike trails near town that was recommended to us by a local bike shop. Some very stellar singletrack, some not so stellar uphill climbs and a few good crashes to boot (Sue).

Pondering the next section of sweet singletrack.

After the ride and after getting cleaned up we packed Buster and drove east out of Jasper to Highway 40 which goes north to Grande Prairie, Alberta. We stopped about 60km south of Grande Prairie at a free camping area used by ATVers. One of the goals on this trip is to find free camping as much as possible. This has proven to be a bit of a challenge but so far we’ve managed to make it work (not including the National Parks when Sue’s mom was with us). Another goal on this trip is to find free internet access. This too is proving to be a challenge but we are managing to make it work – between Starbucks, visitor info centers and hotel parking lots you’d be surprised how much free wifi there is out there.

Buster against a moonlit backdrop at our campsite near Grande Prairie Alberta.

With just the two of us in the bus now things are a little less crowded and we are back to our set route heading north to Alaska. Yesterday we spent the day running errands around Grande Prairie before heading north west to Dawson Creek, BC to connect with Highway 97 north, better known as the Alaska Highway. We are currently in Fort St John, BC camped at the luxurious Walmart parking lot along with a handful of other travelers. Today we plan to get as far north as possible.

Alaska here we come.

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Mom and Dad
August 9, 2009
Great pictures Jer and Sue. We are happy to hear that your trip is going well. Alaska, here we come! I spoke to Sandra today and she said she had a great trip with you guys. Mom says please be careful on the bikes. Don't do any crazy biking. We want you to come back in one piece. We miss you guys already. We are getting lots of rain and thunderstorms. That famous tree you photographed on top of our hill is altered forever by the storm. A hugh piece is missing. Love you. Mom and Dad
August 10, 2009
Hey you two, cool pics, I love the one with buster and the moon. life has been quite hectic with vacations and kids I have almost had no time to miss you, ha ha ha=) I already know what Im getting you two for Christmas. Don't worry I have taken into consideration that you have not much room to store things. I'll talk to you tonight some more. Love you guys, Carolyn
Kim Ross
August 11, 2009
Amazing Pictures Jeremy - Looks like you are having a wonderful time! Keep the pics and the Blog coming !!!!!!!!!!
August 12, 2009
Quote: Another goal on this trip is to find free internet access. Safeways offer wifi for free, but after FSJ I'm not certain if you'll encounter anymore... Public libraries nation wide have the net, but often for a small fee and not necessarily wifi. Great pics from both of you, of the two of you! Make certain to keep them coming as they're definitelly inspiring and appreciated! Out of curiosity, where are the nude hotspring pics from the Lussier hot springs? ;) I think mine are on facebook somewhere...
August 13, 2009
OMG! You guys our having the time of your lives....keep on trucking....or should I say bustering! The pics are awesome and I wish you all the best on your trip. Your friend,
August 13, 2009
Hello Jeremy, woa amzing pics - looks like you two are having the time of your life. This will be mememories for a lifetime! Looking forward to more, Petra
August 13, 2009
I know you must be missing your desk job at Pearson but try to enjoy the scenery out there....it does not get any better. Great pics Jeremy Enjoy and take care, Paul
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