Maligne Lake and Jasper National Park

Day 5 of our summer vacation did not start out very well.  Hubby’s blackberry woke me up early beeping with an email notification. (We may be on mountain time, but the blackberry is on eastern time!)  Then daughter’s alarm went off at 5:15 a.m. because she was going to take a shower, but then she decided she didn’t want to. Arghhh!!! What I wouldn’t give for more sleep! Oh well…  Finally went downstairs to take advantage of the Days Inn’s fabulous daybreak breakfast. Sorry. That was sarcasm. Not much of a selection, so I opted for raisin bran. sigh… Drove to Patricia Lake and Pyramid Lake in Jasper National Park.

Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake

The plan had been to go canoeing here this morning, but of course now my darling daughter is too tired. Well, frankly we all are, and we’re all a little cranky this morning, so we decide to drive over to check out the Jasper Lodge instead. Things don’t get any better here either, since we’re having problems trying to figure out where to park. Hubby finally dropped me off outside the entrance. I went in, looked around – very nice place, but I was just not in the  mood – so we left. Decided to drive to Maligne Lakenext and I realized that it was time to get over the bad mood and make the best of things. Good decision, because Maligne Lake is beautiful!

Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

On the way there, the road followed along a rushing river of rapids – we found out later that this was the runoff from Maligne Lake and the level was the highest it’s been in 10 years due to heavy snow during the winter and heavy rain during the month of June.  I should mention that this was the first day where the sun was shining brightly – lots of blue sky. Perfect weather, a little chilly, but by lunch time, we could finally ditch the jackets. Decided to take a 90 minute lake tour, which included a stop at an island where we took beautiful pictures of mountains, glaciers, etc.  My daughter may be partial to Moraine Lake, but I would go back to Maligne Lake in a heartbeat.

Glacier surrounding Maligne Lake


View from the island on the Maligne Lake tour

After a BBQ lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs, we drove to Maligne Canyon, an area that has been worn down by swirling, rushing water from the nearby glaciers.

Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park

Maligne Canyon                                      

Bought gas and headed southwest to British Columbia -  had to endure some more rain along the drive, but the sun came out again, and we made it to Clearwater by 6:30 pm. (we’re now on Pacific time, so we gained an hour!)  We’re staying at the Clearwater Lodge – nice place with two queen beds, a sofa, refrigerator, sink, cupboards, bathroom with automatic light. We ate dinner at The Painted Turtle, which was located on a pretty lake. I had Portobello mushrooms with tomato & feta cheese – delish!  Tomorrow, we head to Vancouver.

View from The Painted Turtle restaurant

Why Didn’t I Hire a Travel Agent for My Summer Vacation?

Free breakfast

Free breakfast (Photo credit: cote)

It’s a Sunday afternoon, and after spending hours on the computer today, I’m wondering why in the heck I didn’t hire a travel agent to help me book hotel reservations for my summer vacation!

Here’s the deal. I belong to hotel rewards programs, like Wyndham Rewards, ChoiceHotels, SPG and a travel membership site called The Vacation Station. I’ve spent about 3-4 hours going back and forth, checking rates on these various services, trying to find the best deal I can for the different legs of this vacation.  We need two queen beds, and preferably free breakfast!  Remember our itinerary? We’re going to be gone for 16 days, traveling through Alberta and British Columbia, and on to Vancouver, Seattle and down to San Francisco. In only two instances are we staying in the same town for more than one day! ARGHHHH!!!!!

Sorry – just had to rant there for a moment. I still have 5 more days to book. Let this be a lesson to you. If you’re going to plan a major vacation like this one, where you are hitting a different town every night, get some help  -  preferably from a professional travel agent. It will save you from sprouting new gray hairs, which thank goodness, my hair dresser will cover soon. ;-)

10 Awesome Places We Plan to See During Our Summer Vacation

I stumbled across an article recently called 10 Beautiful Places You Have to See on Your Summer Roadtrip. It gave me an idea for this post – to share with you photos of the places our family plans to visit this summer. I can’t wait to take my own pictures and share them with you, but until then, these will have to do:

Here are the 10 awesome places we plan to see, in no particular order!
1. Snoqualmie Falls, Washington

A picture of Snoqualmie Falls in mid June.

A picture of Snoqualmie Falls in mid June. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Moraine Lake, British Columbia

Moraine Lake July-2011

Moraine Lake July-2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Glacier National Park, Montana

Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park, Mon...

Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park, Montana 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. Totem Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Totem poles in Stanley Park (Vancouver, Britis...

Totem poles in Stanley Park (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Deutsch: Totempfähle im Stanley Park in Vancouver, Britisch-Kolumbien, Kanada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Space Needle, Seattle, Washington

The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, USA.

6. Sequoia National Park

The Sherman Tree Trail in Sequoia National Park

The Sherman Tree Trail in Sequoia National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Redwood National Park

Sequoia sempervirens in Redwood National Park

Sequoia sempervirens in Redwood National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8. Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

Tourists enjoy Dungeness Crabs at Fisherman's ...

Tourists enjoy Dungeness Crabs at Fisherman’s Wharf at San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

9. Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA a...

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA at sunset taken from the Marin Headlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

10. Yosemite National Park

Yosemite valley, Yosemite National Park, Calif...

Yosemite valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. Français : Vallée de Yosemite. Parc national de Yosemite, Californie (États-Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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