All photos taken on September 1, 2022.
Time to catch up with our recent travels. For the next while, I will be posting on our September trip to Jasper M-F and then local posts on Saturday/Sunday.
About to set off for 6 nights in our mountain retreat, we were diligent about making sure we would have everything we would need during our stay. We made lists, we added to lists, we checked and rechecked lists and when we were packing up, we crossed items off the lists as we loaded them in the car.
Little did we know how valuable all this prep would be at the time. More on this later.
As we were staying in Patricia Lake Bungalows Resort, we opted to take almost all our meals with us. We would not be suffering with Thai, Indian, Greek, Italian and Tex-Mex for our main meals and a choice of cereal and bread for breakfast and sandwiches and wraps for lunch. We would make a few local purchases to augment (pizza for our arrival night and an assortment of bakery goodies from Bear’s Paw Bakery for breakfast and lunch.
I also packed coffee beans, my dose grinder and espresso machine for our morning coffee and there would be beverages for wine o’clock.
The new addition for this trip would be our new E-bikes. I was worried we would not be able to squeeze it all in, but my Tetris skills from the 1990s obviously paid off.
All packed up
We pulled away and surprisingly, there were very few rattles and squeaks. We ran a couple of errands, including picking up a part to repair our clothes dryer (when we get home) and the much needed Parks Canada annual pass.
Fall harvest and haying were under way.
Because we had departed a bit later than usual, we were nowhere near our usual lunch stop at lunch time. We were near Entwistle/Evansburg and the Pembina River Provincial Park, so opted to stop there.
It had been a long time since we were last there and we wondered why. It really is a beautiful spot.
Down to the river bank.
Due to the recent hot dry weather, the level of the river was low. We recalled the times in the late 1970s/early 1980s that we would float down the river, then walk back and do it all over again.
Floating here these days might give you a few bumps and bruises.
Clear blue skies
We walked along the shore for a bit and enjoyed the river valley views…
…before walking back up to the car to complete our drive to Jasper.
A rest stop at Edson and then a fresh produce stop in Hinton and we soon found ourselves at the Jasper Park gates. As we drove toward Jasper, Patty spotted a plume of smoke rising from the mountain. Hmmm, hope that is not serious.
In Jasper we picked up our supper pizza and found out things had changed in town. As it was just before the Labour Day weekend, the streets were still quite busy and then we saw new signs at the previously free downtown parking spots, advising all that these spots were now Pay Parking for a maximum of 2 hours. We found a remote spot to park and await our pizza. It did have great mountain views.
Pizza picked up, we drove to Cottonwood Slough for our supper.