Saturday 29 July 2006
Highlights: Hiking around Edith Clavell Mountain, visiting Jasper National Park
A huge day saw a visit to Maligne Lake deep in the Jasper National Park and then a visit to Edith Clavell Mountain. It’s very hard to explain just have stunning Maligne Lake actually is, because it is so remote it has barely been touched. A lot of the great postcard / photos from Canada come from this area. Spirit Island in particular looks great with the sun rising just above it (unfortunately I couldn’t get a workable photo). I doubt we deserve to have places like this sometimes, especially the way we are quickly destroying them. At least I might be able to tell the next generation what they missed out on.
In the afternoon I visited Edith Clavell Mountain and went on an hour hike. Our small group (most didn’t come on this excursion) visited a melting glacier (like they all are in Canada). I got to touch ice that has been there for at least 5,000 years. Unfortunately in my lifetime (assuming 50+ years) this glacier will probably no longer be with us 😦
The wildlife that lives in this area will struggle once this resource is gone.