Finding Our Cool
CANADA OR BUST, CHAPTER 12: IN WHICH WE TAKE A RAIN CHECK
Day 14: Jasper National Park, AB. The temp stood at 46 (the day's high) when we awoke around 6:30 to a steady rain. By 9:15, the thermometer had dropped to 38. With little likelihood of hiking as the low slung gray clouds kept pouring rain, we drove on to Patricia Lake Bungalows, our lodging for the night, arriving around 10:15. Our plan to bribe the housekeeping staff to clean our suite first was fouled by the weather also as most guests decided to sleep in late.
With bumper-to-bumper traffic and the lack of parking, it was apparent that the town was filling up for the weekend. By the time we finished lunch, the rain had blown through the area though clouds lingered, shrouding the higher peaks.
A bit concerned about how lengthy the wait might be, we decided to at least try to snag a ride on the Jasper Skytram to the top of the Whistlers, an 8,084-ft dome-shaped mountain southeast of Jasper. Much to our surprise, we were able to purchase a ticket and walk right onto a car heading up. Our guide in the tram informed us that snow had been falling at the summit all morning—the first since June. She also warned us that the temp was pretty chilly—26° with a wind chill of 17°.
|At upper station on Whistlers mountain|
|View of Jasper town from the tram|
|Mount Robson obscured by clouds|
|Mount Fitzwilliam dominated the view|
FRIDAY, 21 AUGUST 2015
- Miles driven: 183
- Miles walked: 2.1
- Weather: 26° to 46°, rain, snow, sun
- RVs parked at Walmart: 47
- Gas: $3.99/gallon (Hinton)