September 5, 2007 – Athabasca Glacier and Banff National Park

We booked a tour this morning on the Ice Explorer to go to the Athabasca Glacier. This glacier is the second largest glacier coming from the Columbia Ice Field.

This is the glacier:
We took a bus to the glacier – here is the road:

The dirt that you see to the left of the bus is called a lateral moraine – dirt left over from the glacier. That moraine is 300’ tall – WOW!
From here we boarded the Ice Explorer vehicle to take us unto the glacier.
Here is the road going onto the glacier:

Here is a picture of us on the glacier with the Ice Explorer vehicle:

The ice we are on is 1000 feet thick!! – Another WOW! (And it was cold up on that mountain!)

Picture of the edge of the Ice Field:

Another glacier:

More pictures from our stop:

This is a picture of Mount Snow Dome. From this point the Ice Field feeds three watersheds that flow into the Atlantic, Pacific, and Artic.

I met a woman from Albany on this tour. One of the things she said to me was: “there are no more words beyond beautiful, incredible, wow, to describe all she is seeing” and I second that. Many, many times on this trip, I am at a loss for words to express what we are seeing and experiencing.

We continued our travels down the Ice Field Parkway thru Banff National Park. Some pictures along the way:

Notice the turquoise blue color of the lakes:

Notice the different colors of foliage – this is fall here. Our tour guide for the Ice Explorer told us that they had 4 inches of snow last week and that winter will be here in about 2 weeks or so.

We are now leaving the Rockies. I just had to take this pictures – it looks like a painting, doesn’t it?? Real time, it did also!

We are staying at the Ghost Reservoir Provincial Recreation Area near Cochrane, Alberta. This is our view from our motorhome.

What an incredible day!!

Miles Traveled: 179
Routes Traveled:
Alberta: AL-93 (Ice Field Parkway); Can I-1 (Trans-Canadian Highway); AL-1A

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