I envisaged last week, after we returned to Toronto from our trip west, to be something of a creative week. With no prior commitments, I saw it as an opportunity to knuckle down with a bit of writing… hopefully complete another chapter of my novel and pin down a few blog posts.
But in reality, I had little free time. I went into my old job for a couple of days to help out with training up new staff. I also have another potential temp job beginning next week. I’m torn between concern regarding not working and therefore not having any income, vs. dread over what temp position I will land next and all the anxiety that comes with starting a new job. As the clock ticks closer and closer to home time, I am finding my thoughts are beginning to sway towards finding a permanent role for when I get home. It feels somewhat wrong to still be looking for work here when the end is so close.
Time is going quickly. I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since we were in Jasper, Alberta.
In my last blog post, I spoke of our morning in Wells Gray Provincial Park. That afternoon we made the four hour drive to Jasper – again past stunning lakes and mountains.
Our first morning in Jasper, was spent hiking around ‘Moose Lake Loop’.
I am very happy to say we did spot a couple of moose. Another of my trip highlights was watching this animals completely at bliss in the wild.
In the afternoon, we visited the popular ‘Maligne Canyon’ – a touristy spot with paved footpaths, a small teashop and gift-shop.
The following morning we woke early to drive to Athabasca Glacier, next to the Columbia Ice fields – accessed via the Ice Fields Parkway between Jasper and Banff.
We’d researched this aspect of the trip quite far in advance – and after reading several reviews, decided to do a guided glacier hike rather than one of the popular bus tours.
I’m so glad we opted for the hike. It felt really personal (a small group of 8-10 people rather than a bus full of 50) and you got to see a lot of things you wouldn’t have been able to see otherwise.
I was surprised to learn from our guide the glacier we hiked will likely have completely melted by 2040. It is currently disappearing at a rate of 15-20m per year.
The Athabasca Glacier hike was definitely a once in a lifetime experience I thoroughly recommend!
Next post I will be writing about our final stop – Banff!!