To the mountains and back again.
June 24, 2015 by leavesandpages
A week ago we set off on a journey to the mountains, travelling in our old blue sports car north to Prince George, then east towards Alberta. Down the Icefields Parkway from Jasper, and continuing through Banff National Park through Kootenay National Park, fetching up in the village of Radium Hot Springs, where we spent several days in exploring the surrounding roads and countryside, and participating in an all-British get-together and vehicle show hosted by the Calgary MG Club.
It was a wonderful trip, and we were sorry to have to race for home to be back for workaday obligations. (That whole earning-a-living thing can be a real drag, don’t you find?)
We stopped here and there to botanize by the roadside – the wildflowers are in full early summer glory – and to take a few pictures. Here is the merest glimpse of what we saw.
Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park, Alberta.
Mountaintop Thistle, Cirsium sp., Jasper National Park.
A glimpse of the dauntless Little Blue Car, being looked over by a curious raven, Jasper National Park, Alberta.
Mountain Bluebells, Mertensia alpina, Jasper National Park.
The turquoise blue waters of Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta.
Vermillion River, Kootenay National Park, B.C.
Western Red Lily, Lilium philadelphicum, Kootenay National Park.
Our cherished ’71 Triumph Spitfire in action, coming through the gap at Sinclair Canyon, just outside of Radium Hot Springs, B.C. (Vintage convertibles are more fun. Though on occasion one flirts with hypothermia, especially when pushing the whole must-keep-the-top-down thing a bit more rigorously than is sensible.)