I left home at 6 am and it rained for the first 3 and a half hours. It finally cleared up by the time I got to Cranbrook where I stopped to purchase a can opener as I forgot to bring one. Not a good thing to leave out when all your food for the next week is canned.
Cranbrook for those who aren't familiar with the BC interior (which would be most of you I reckon) is located at the edge of the Rockies in the same way that Minas Tirith is located at the edge of Mordor. The mountains thrust up from out of nowhere separated from the city by a broad grassy valley and the Kootenay River. Unlike Mordor the mountains today weren't shrouded in black smoke but an early morning mist that hadn't yet burnt off. The valley itself was sunny so I rolled down the window and headed north.
I made fantastic time and entered Kootenay National Park and the Rockies at Radium by 10 am. Quicker than I expected but I had been going 120 the entire way. About half an hour after entering the park it started to rain. Light at first but by the time I got to Lake Louise it was hard and fast and I couldn't see the mountains at all through the low cloud. I was hoping to stop here for the day, set up camp and go for a hike in the afternoon but with the rain I decided to push on. It finally cleared up just outside Jasper at Athabasca falls so I stopped to check them out and take some pictures.
I called my brother from Jasper to let him know I'd be showing up a day early. Since it wasn't too late and the weather was nice I did another short walk through Maligne Canyon that was recommended by my brother. Maligne Canyon is fed by Medicine lake but the lake drains via fissures in the rock below that gush out into the canyon from the rock 15 km downstream. Over the course of about 2 km the volume of the creek probably triples from water coming out of the rocks at the creek's edge.
Leaving Jasper it started to rain again. Hard. So I'm glad I didn't decide to stay the night in a tent in the park but instead in my brother's apartment in Edmonton. I got to Edmonton at 10 and after getting lost a couple times managed to find my brother's place at 10:30. Not bad considering I've never been to his place before and I've only ever been to Edmonton once before and that was without a car.
Tomorrow I think I'll give Calgary a miss and head southeast into Saskachewan. I figure why spend an extra day places I've already been when I could take the time seeing something new. Plus Alberta is so close I could easily see and do what I want in a long weekend or two. And the weather will probably be better then anyways.
But then again yesterday's plans didn't work out so I don't even know why I bother.
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