Total mileage: 2433
The night in the car wasn't too bad, especially the part where we didn't have to break down camp, though Debbie was extremely fast at it. I think spending so much time in tents while backpacking not having a car to through stuff in makes one appreciate being able to chuck things in the car, as well as the luxury of having a pillow and extra blankets. :-)
Jasper. Jasper is the one place I went to where I wanted to stay for a long, long time. I am not talking about Jasper National Park, though that in itself was incredible as well. But the yuppie mountain town of Jasper. I don’t know if it was the snow covered peaks surrounding the town and the really nice, small town structure, or the friendly people, but I fell in love with this town and really truly felt happy just churning around in circles around town. It reminded me of Asheville in some ways.Jasper needs a meteorologist, right?
The Icefields Parkway was hands down the prettiest part of this trip, lined with snow covered peaks, very ski-able snow (of which I hope to someday do some skinning/skiing on), glaciers, waterfalls and the whole package. One could spend weeks here and never be bored.
Continental Divide in Alberta!
I had big visions of getting to Missoula this night, being so close to the first night with a bed and a friend I hadn't seen in 2.5 years. We ended up having to crash a couple hours north of Missoula. We went through Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs, and crossed back over into the US this day - with another border guard entertained by my story. We ended up camping two hours north of Missoula since there were deer everywhere and I didn't feel comfortable driving high speeds at midnight with deer all over the place.