Chrissy Farrell Morscher

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Chrissy Farrell Morscher




North America » United States » Washington July 21st 2018

Started driving toward Mt Rainier National Park. Tossed around a lot of options, touching the Pacific, visiting friends, etc. and around lunch time we decided on going to North Cascades NP. Maggie wants to go home, Max wants to not hike and add to the number of states he’s visited. We did junior ranger at North Cascades, then drove through it looking for a campsite. The dams in North Cascades power 20% of Seattle. It was a very pretty park with some water activities. Ended up in Winthrop, Washington and got a place in a KOA (overflow, really just a patch of grass, no table). There’s a big r&b festival nearby this weekend and a Saturday and things are booked. Decided to start back home tomorrow. So, the 4th annual Morscher National Park trip is winding ... read more
Winthrop, Washington

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park July 20th 2018

Today we woke and drove to the Icefield Center and prepared for our glacier walk at Athabasca Glacier. Our guide was Korin. We got all geared up-our warmest clothes, waterproof pants and jackets, hiking boots, gloves, hats and carried crampons. The weather didn’t look great and we went a little further than yesterday before the walk was canceled:(. There was rain, hail, thunder and lightning:(. We were, however, able to get some glacier water which excited the kids! The forecast for the next few days didn’t look much better, so we decided to ditch Jasper and drive to Mt Rainer in Washington State. Staying in Kamloops, BC tonight. For sure!... read more
Us at the glacier, ready to walk!

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 19th 2018

Today we hiked at Johnston Valley in Banff. There was a narrow canyon and two waterfalls. Afterward we drove the Icefielda Parkway into Jasper. Beautiful. There were mIre glaciers than in Glacier NP! We stopped near the Columbia Icefield and hiked to the toe of Athabasca Glacier. We are signed up to walk on the glacier tomorrow. It is unusual to have a glacier so accessible and amazing to see where the glacier was in the past (they had markers for certain years). As we drove to our camp ground we passed some cars stopped to look at wildlife. Max said he saw “either a baby cow or deer, it was brown.” I have to say it is hard to find wildlife when driving. I mistake trees, stumps, branches, etc. for animals all the time:). However, ... read more
Johnston Canyon Upper Falls
Clawfoot (?) glacier
Icefields Parkway

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 18th 2018

We woke up at 6 today to get to Moraine Lake. As I said the parking lot fills up, so we were able to get a spot! The kids slept as we drove and Max and I slept some more when we got there! rick cooked breakfast at a picnic area near the parking lot. Once it warmed up, we ranted canoes for an hour, which cost C$220!!! We’ve decided we like Lake Moraine better than Lake Louise which gets most of the fuss. After lunch the kids got 3 Xplorer badges for Banff, Lake Louise and the IceFields Parkway. We had some of our first bad weather today with some hail. For dinner we had a treat and ate at the old Lake Lousie train station. Trains were instrumental to making these parks accessible to ... read more
Chrissy and Maggie canoeing

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 17th 2018

Today was a “day off.” We drove to the town of Banff and I did laundry while Max did some work for summer school and Rick and Maggie did grocery shopping. Banff was crazy busy and a “regular” town with a Gap and Chili’s! After our chores we saw movies (Max and Rick saw Antmsn, Maggie and Chrissy Hotel Transylvania). It was so hot we just wanted somewhere to cool off. On our way back to camp we drove on the Bow Valley Parkeay which was very scenic. It was the road used in the area before the Trans Canadian Highway was built with the animal over and underpasses. However, we weren’t able to spot any wildlife except for a deer and we see those at home! ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 16th 2018

So, since you know us you won’t be surprised that we did a hike to a second tea house! Food does motivate us:). Today, we woke early again and hiked Lake Louise to the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house. We were able to get a table and had a proper “tea”. I had tea and biscuits, others had cake and cold drinks. It is amazing that these tea houses were built and are operated in such remote locations. We found out employees work 5 days on, 2 days off. They have one helicopter supply drop a season, then all other supplies are brought in by horse or foot. Then we wanted to reward Maggie for doing two hikes in two days (we had planned every other day), and did what she wanted-Radium Hot Springs! This ... read more
Tea and tea biscuits.
at the 2nd tea house
On the hike to Plain of Six Glaciers

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park July 15th 2018

Today we woke up early as the parking at Lake Louise fills up early! We hiked from Lake Louise to a tea house at Lake Agnes. We had some cookies at the tea house. We saw Mirror Lake on the way. This was about 2.5 Miles and took 1 hr, 40 min. one way. Later we drove to Lake Louise ski resort and Moraine Lake. It was very difficult to get to Moraine Lake as they have a small parking lot and close it when it is full. Our campground is enclosed with an electric fence which is for those of us who aren’t in RVs. There are also cool animal crossings on the highway which runs through the park so animals can go over or under the road.... read more
Lake Louise
Lake Louise.
Mirror Lake


Today we stopped at Prince of Wales hotel in Waterton. It was a gorgeous old hotel and the male staff wore kilts. After, we walked around townsite and finished Xplorer program and exchanged money. Drove to Banff. Saw two moose when stopped at Chain Lakes Provincial Park for lunch. We are staying near Lake Louise and I didn’t know the Lake Louise area was separate from “Banff”, about a 30 mile drive with not much in between:). This might explain why people asked if we were going to see Lake Louise when I mentioned we were going to Banff! We had dinner in Lake Louise village and stopped to see Lake Louise. Now I understand why it is so popular! It is a milky blue color and nestled among mountains and pine trees. Lake Louise Chalet ... read more
Waterton townsite from POW
Lake Louise

North America » United States » Montana July 13th 2018

Glacier-drove to Siyah Falls then took shuttle to Logan Pass (on the Continental Divide). Rick, Chrissy and Maggie hIked part of Hidden Lake Trail and touched snow! Then we drove to Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada. In our campground at WLNP there were lots of ground squirrels. Rick and Maggie went for a hike. We rented a surrey (pedal cart) and biked though the townsite. The townsite is a town with private businesses and residences inside the park. When I asked the townsite it I was told this was common in Canadian Parks. The day was very windy and luckily the campground had cooking shelters (as did other Canadian campgrounds last year). In the evening we went to a fire program led by a Warden (Canadian name for a Ranger), which was fascinating. There was ... read more
Chief mountain (on the drive to Canada)
Border Crossing
The surrey:)

North America » United States » Montana July 12th 2018

Glacier still. Today we took a shuttle to Avalanche Lake trailhead. We spent about two hours to get on a shuttle. We wanted to go to Logan Pass, but it would have required more travel time. At Avalanche Lake we took the Cedar Loop Trail to the Avalanche Lake trail. It was 4 miles round trip and was steeper than yesterday's hike. It was also much busier, but much more rewarding. Avalanche Lake looked like a scene from a Lord of the Rings movie - an aqua lake surrounded by mountains with multiple waterfalls. Evening spent doing laundry, grocery shopping and getting a car wash!... read more
Avalanche Lake
Maggie drinking from a waterfall




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