Lyn Chrystal - Medicine Hat to Jasper

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June 12th 2011
Published: June 21st 2011
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Medicine Hat City HallMedicine Hat City HallMedicine Hat City Hall

This photo was taken in MH City Hall. The mural was created by Jim Marshall at the I.XL brick plant in Medicine Hat. Each brick was hand made and the mural depicts the mythical origin of Medicine Hat's name.

Solos Betty Ogden, Sybil Burke, Gary Maurina and Allan Wiedel arrived in Medicine Hat, Alberta on Wednesday, June 7th and parked in Cottonwood Golf Course and Campground, which is where I have been parked for the past three weeks. Thankfully they brought some good weather with them and we were able to sit outside relaxing and catching up on everyone’s activities since we were last together and their trip thus far. On Thursday we took a touristy trip around Medicine Hat during the day and enjoyed a BBQ hosted by my daughter and son-in-law for dinner.

We left Medicine Hat bright and early on Saturday morning, stopping at the Canada Winter Olympic Park north of Calgary for lunch. Calgarians really enjoy the park year around; all the winter sporting activities are available during the winter, the ski hills are utilized as BMX (or mountain) bike runs during the summer, and the ski jump used for a giant zip-line. There are also a couple of bungey jumping trampolines set up for the kids.

Our first overnight was about 250 miles north of Medicine Hat at

We enjoyed a hamburger barbecue with my daughter Jayne, her husband, Kevin and three of the five teenage daughters that live here
the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino about 30 miles south of Banff. The next morning we heard from Ted Applegate that he was in Lethbridge and would arrive at Stoney Nakoda the next day (Monday) so we decided to stay an extra day and make a trip into Banff on Sunday and to Lake Louise on Monday. The Chateau Lake Louise is one of the premier hotels in which to stay in Western Canada; it was a great pity that the weather was so uncooperative.

Ted arrived safe 'n sound while we were in Lake Louise. We celebrated by going to the casino for a great supper and to watch the next play-off game in the Stanley Cup, (well, some of us!) We left Banff bathed in beautiful sunshine for the trip up to Snarling River Campground, east of Jasper. I have always thought that the Columbia Icefields Parkway is the most stirring experience anyone can have. The scenery is beyond verbal expression.

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Olympic ParkOlympic Park
Olympic Park

Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate enough that we could have a picnic lunch
Solos at Stoney NakodaSolos at Stoney Nakoda
Solos at Stoney Nakoda

We were able to park quite comfortably together to await the arrival of Ted Applegate

It was quite cool the day we went to Banff but no rain!
Lake LouiseLake Louise
Lake Louise

Lake Louise was named for one of Queen Victoria's daughters. Unfortunately, the weather didn't show her off in her true spendor

The exclusive stores inside the chateau were unbelievable. Sybil would've liked to take this home!

I would've liked to take this one home! Unfortunately, I don't have room for him in my rig.
Black BearBlack Bear
Black Bear

We were lucky enough to see this sizeable black bear up close
Black BearBlack Bear
Black Bear

Betty and Sybil got as close as they were comfortable
Crowfoot GlacierCrowfoot Glacier
Crowfoot Glacier

The lake in the front of the glacier was still frozen the day we were there
Columbia IcefieldsColumbia Icefields
Columbia Icefields

Betty, Sybil and myself left Banff later than the guys did, we were able to get up to the Icefields Interpretive Center for lunch. Here is Betty with the Athabasca Glacier at her back

We stayed the night in a Provincial Park just outside Jasper, the sites were somewhat tight but we made it. We left there in beautiful morning sunshine for our trip up to Grande Prairie.

21st June 2011

Thanks for the pictures and update . Good to hear about all of you, will write more later.
25th June 2011

Looks like fun
Hope this trip is everything you guys wanted. I can't wait till we all get together again and can hear in person about the adventure. Kym (Jerry's daughter) has returned to Juneau and is expecting to show you around when you get there. Once the "true north" gets in your blood you will be returning. Hugs to all,

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