I got off to an early start on a cloudy, but dry morning today. Driving east instead of west, means that I get to look right at the bright sun in the early morning instead of afternoon, but I got lucky to have the clouds with me until almost noon. Then the sun came out for a beautiful afternoon.
The mountains were absolutely breathtaking again as I got further and further into them. My route was different from the one I took going to Vancouver as I was heading further north to Jasper where I plan on spending 2 days. About 1/2 way there I remember that I hadn’t made a reservation in Jasper, but decided that there shouldn’t be a problem mid-week near the end of September anyway – so continued on.
Random views from the drive.
It turns out there was a bit of a problem though as I noticed many ‘NO Vacancy’ signs at the hotel/motels. One did not have the NO lit up, so I went in there only to find out that they were full, but they had a sister location up the mountain behind town. I headed up the mountain and did get a room. It is a pretty expensive room – but the location and the view are wonderful and the room is really nice.
My home for the next 2 nights – both inside and my outside views.
Dinner at the lodge was Elk steak with sweet potato frites, fruit and a glass of Sangria. I haven’t seen any wildlife yet – the critters seem to be avoiding me. Hopefully I will meet up with something interesting tomorrow when I am exploring the area.
A day of driving means I didn’t walk much, so my FitBit wasn’t pleased about that today. I did manage quite a few flights of stairs though as my room is up on a hill (great view and good uphill walking).