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Plans for the cross country on the Burgman in June got cancelled in favour of a road trip with Aussie GF and I - train to Edmonton, rent a car and head through Banff and Jasper

These two parks should be on anyone's bucket list. This was just today - in between the crazy glaciers and mountain scenery.

So cuddly ya just wanna pick him up....



not the greatest idea with mum around



Speaking of cute..



and then they grow up



we were quite glad to have a largish vehicle between us and him.



All these animals are wild in Banff and Jasper National Parks in BC/ Alberta

The griz looks dangerously close but we were on a chair lift about 4m off the ground. Because of the slant of the slope it looks eye level. ;)
 

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MacDoc... You do get around. I am envious of all your adventures. Wish I had the time and funds to gallivant like you do. :D
 

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The missing photo


It's more the time availability than cost of the travel itself. Each of us has a base in the opposite hemisphere -

CC travel points from the biz purchases pays for a lot but yes we do adventure when we can.

It's making the time that is tricky for most.
 

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Athabaska River Falls in Jasper National Park.

really happy with the new Lumix 45-175 mm X series lens (90-350 mm equiv )
Small and light but very pleased with detail and speed - smooth zoom - manual or power and handles complex textures and lighting nicely.
Got my intermediate lens :D

Insane colours on the glacial lakes

 

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South from Alaska

When we went out to a moraine lake we saw a pair riding the same direction on a couple of small dirt bikes.
Thought the trailing rider was a girl from the narrow shoulders ( later confirmed ).
She was struggling a bit with corners and riding very cautiously which was not a big issue given the road speeds and the scenery.

Well my respect level went up big time when we got a closer look at the gear and the licence plate at the moraine lake we were visiting.



Jasper is a long ride on a small bike for a new rider from Alaska - let alone camping the whole way.

She was really tiny and so was the bike. Kudo's to a brave girl.

This was the attraction - worth the visit.



Of course bikes get special treatment for parking



an important thing given the distant some of the cagers have to walk from parking. :D
 

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amazing scenery! keep them coming! what are the routes you've traveled so far?
 

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Thanks - now an hour south of Whitehorse after a long day from Burns Lake BC

Seems such a short time ago we were still in Jasper enjoying Lake Maligne - long haul - was fried when we got into bed last night ....not so bad tonight.



11.30 pm - very light out



Our list for the last two days
Fox - could not get a shot
Big horn sheep
Grizzly bear
Black bear
couple of deer sauntering across the road in front of us.

Surprised by Longhorn along the road





Black bear quite casual


hilight of the day - a gorgeous young Alaska Brown about 50' away -



something good here




- he sent the chips flying



**** all gone


Time to move on - he was so gorgeous with that ruff
 

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a tad too close

Now this young adult grizzly looks like something out of Disney = smelling the flowers n all - he's about 20' away in this shot.



a bit closer and angling our way - still not minding us at all...Jude shooting from the open window.

My what big claws you have....

Now there is a little detail on the this shot you may notice -
The camera is on full auto and the closest range it can focus is 6' ....less than 2m.
I'm sitting in the drivers side and I can no longer see the bear



You'll notice this shot is out of focus.....ergo said Alaska Brown Bear is inside that 6’ focus!!!!!

Next thing I see is his head pops up just outside the window as he starts to stand to see what goodies are in the meat locker aka SUV that smells so good. ( we’d just had some Ms Vicky’s chips amongst other bearworthy delicacies.

Jude was looking him straight in the eye, she swears the window was part way up....I didn't notice that detail.
..just a very large bear head coming up very close to what appeared to me to be an open window.

Hit the accelerator and flying stones and "Are you crazy" yell from me and the bear was gone.....Jude is kiilling herself laughing mostly at my reaction.

THAT is way too close to bear quite happy to dine on both of us.....she said he wasn't that close, I have photographic proof....it was inside the zoom focus.

So only one close encounter with Alaska wildlife today....perhaps a tad too close.

Happily snug in a nice cabin early for once and plotting the next round. :D
 

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Oh my what a day... a young humpback put on an aerial display for us for an hour.





and the Columbia Glacier decided to respond...



There is no way photos are adequate for either of these.
Must add to the trip is to Valdez and hit the Lulu Belle cruise
 

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an amiable moose along the highway







Perfect range for the 100-300 Lumix - even detailed the flies :D
 

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an amiable moose along the highway...


Perfect range for the 100-300 Lumix - even detailed the flies :D
For the record, there is no such thing as an "amiable" moose. Moose are unpredictable, mean, cantankerous, very fast, HUGE and very dangerous. Approach with extreme caution and only when necessary. They kill more people than bears and cougars combined.

Ride safe.
Scott Fraser
Calgary
 

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We stay in the car always. By amiable I simply mean they are undisturbed by cars stopping for photos and go on feeding

Left Whitehorse after a lovely espresso and munchies at a cafe next to the legendary station.



lovely expansive scenery with showers the Tstorms looming off in the distance.



One of the more intense rainbows - the ultraviolet very clear



Some consideration was given to staking a claim ..... :D



Then followed the craziest day yet for bears ( 20 or so ) and moose, and bison and mountain goats and !!!!! WTF Caribou??????!!



the bear version of "in the clover"....there were bears munching everywhere



It had loomed darker and darker as we came down the centre of the valley at Muncho National Park and then the deluge - this lovely bull moose decided to have a afternoon munch in his salad bowl.



You can see how hard it is raining.



Out of the doom and gloom and into the kingdom of the Muncho Bison herd presided over by this giant.



keeping an eye on the future contenders - there were several dozen wandering the highway


playing silly buggers in dust wallows



mountain goats were down for salt along the road



as was this very unexpected caribou



followed by one of the wildest storms in the mountains just after we pulled in

never quite have seen something like this....severe enough to close the highway we just came in on



and then 3.30 am ...ready for another long day in the wilds heading to Yellowknife



There were many riders and not a few spots I'd even be leery of with an adventure bike....serious mud in construction zones and slippery and uneven even with a 4x4
Our vehicle had been rock solid in anything up till the latest mud wallows on the way through the BC Mountains near Muncho Lake. Worth it tho and most of the highway is gorgeous with some seriously nice twists as well

Just in - a motorcycle traveling the opposite way as us collided with one of the mountain goats head on - he walked away limping and got into the same place we are at 1 am after hitching a ride.
Bike was not rideable and he said his Alaska trip was cancelled :(
 

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Those are great photos. I was up there years ago and found the light really weird late at night. It was also surprisingly hot. Sounds like the roads are the same...

Stay safe
Scott Fraser
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Yeah was 31 when we hit Yellowknife - 88F.

The road to an in Yellowknife is hilarious....think paved whoops..

at the end of our northern north america trip



hmmmm



yup



the lovely air of the far ...cough cough...north



pristine forest



friendly inhabitants



clear skies



well dear the sun DID come out



:D

Big time drought, no rain, fires all over the place and the cop had his lights on for viz was all.

Nice enough area but very smoky this summer.

We may come back for a January Northern Lights chase....on a houseboat ;)



https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/494137?euid=3ea98062-8f74-4f6a-ed39-dccfbed69b4a

We drive or taxi out to the houseboat for a week with about 5 hours of daylight per day and hope for clear skies.
 

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Took a long time to shed the smoke from the fires around Yellowknife. Now in Peace River AB on a bright sunny day at 25 degrees with white fluffy clouds.

Finally got skunked on wild mega fauna tho yesterday a very large black bear loped across the road through the smoke not far out of Yellowknife and there was a smaller bear later on grazing along the highway into Hay River....likely not a destination to bother with.

Getting decent coffee on a Sunday in Alberta small towns is a no go tho there are a couple excellent ones open tomorrow here in Peace River.
We hauled out the French press with our cache of Reunion Island bullet espresso we kept for emergencies
and with the micro wave and some milk purloined from the excellent snack room at the Super8 ( nothing but good things to say about this chain ) got our daily fix a tad late. Good muffins from the free snackery completed the caffiene fix.

A leisurely drive to Edmonton tomorrow for the midnight train back to Toronto. .

A totally unexpected treat tho in Manning Ab ...a reaaaalllly small burg and we were hungry so went for a soup at the local Asian food restaurant.

Sing's Restaurant.
This review sort of sums it up.
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/sings-reaurant-manning

Just a fantastic enhanced wonton soup with chicken, beef and prawns, chinese lettuce, brocolli, carrots, - lovely presentation and the two of us were stuffed for the princely sum of $13.95 tax in.

For a hungry pair of touring riders it's good food for little money.....and ours was the small we shared !!!
Called War Wonton Soup ( who knows ??!! ).

Ya never can tell.

On the west side of the main highway through town. Leisurely drive down from High Level through pretty farming country and this was an unexpected catch.

Today clicked over 10,000 km from when we left Edmonton so touring riders can get an idea of what they undertaking once they get near the Rockies around Calgary.

Of course there is lots more than we did but with 3 weeks to tour west Alberta ( Jasper Banff, up through the Yellowhead and the major aspects of SW Alaska and a bit of the interior it should be fine.
The long daylight this time of year really stretched touring and sight seeing time.

Yellowknife was a toss in that we are glad we got to see despite the smoke.
 

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Long and rather boring trek through Alberta. Now enroute home

Train across Canada stopped right beside these ducks



good puffin portrait



Sea otters touristing the tourists


too cute



WHAT!!!
Can't a guy take a bath in private



and just because
 

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Our next adventure ...chasing the Aurora in January 2015



We were going to Norway, then considered Yellowknife but settled on a liitle town in Northern Iceland called Ísafjörður

$600 round trip from Toronto to Iceland

$160 to Ísafjörður return or we can rent and drive for about $500 for the week. Will depend on forecast as I don't mind moderate winter driving.

$700 for the week here

http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserR..._Isafjordur-Isafjordur_Westfjords_Region.html

chasing this



Only 5 hours of daylight this time of year....and some other neat things in the area.
There is even a scooter rental in town tho in mid January....been a while since I"ve ridden in snow :D

Should be "interesting"
 

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She's shy and I usually end up with the finger up or the toungue stuck out when I try....

Moment of weakness in Banff

 
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