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Alaska’s Travel Diary

Monday, 04 Jun 2012

Location: Canada

MapWow! What a day! 52 degrees….We departed Cranbrook at 9:00 a.m. after gassing up @ $5.03 per gallon and headed for Kootenay, Banff, and Jasper National Parks. By 11:30, we had already seen 4 black bear and a moose. Throughout the day, we saw 5 black bear, 6 bighorn sheep, 1 moose, numerous white-tail deer, 1 mule deer, 2 cow elk and fawn, 3 bull elk, a coyote, a bald eagle, and a flock of Canada geese. We took 90+ pictures, but will only post a few of what we have for the sake of time. Needless to say, Dylan was in awe….a natural zoo!
Dylan bought himself a trapper hat with his money he saved….like a Davey Crocket raccoon tail hat. He was a real trooper today, spending 11 hours in the car (in and out) and w/o a dvd. He’s been off the dvd kick for a few days and plays, talks to us adults, watches for animals, looks at the scenery, works in his notebook, and just keeps himself entertained. You couldn’t ask for a better traveler.
The Icefield Parkway was laden with snow, a sight to behold. Pictures cannot do it justice, but we still took too many. We had plans to do more in the parks, but just with the little we did, we arrived at our hotel at 8:00 p.m. Once again, we had Asian cuisine, this time Cantonese… a restaurant in Jasper we have visited each time. I’m sure Gwynne will have a few comments about the man from China who runs the place. This place is across the street from the railroad station, so we vowed to let Dylan go take a look afterwards. Come to find out, the conductor of the train was sitting at the next table ordering take out. After dinner, we moseyed across the street to watch the train pull out. Dylan’s day was made.
Tomorrow we drive with no agenda in mind….just to enjoy the scenery and keep our eyes out for more wildlife. We end up in Ft. Nelson, where we will gain another hour. ‘Til then….. (Jennifer)