Last night after a gorgeous meal overlooking the lake in Kate's best ever hotel, I treated myself to Canadian real ale. An IPA from the cornily named Grizzly Paw brewery , it was very hoppy indeed!! This ensured an extremely good night's sleep.
Today was a long drive to Jasper, with a break at the Icefields at Columbia on the way. Now the Icefields are high and high means chilly, and by golly it was. The experience entailed our riding on an ice explorer, an enormous moon buggy type vehicle with tyres about 15ft high, like you get in mines in Oz. This took us down a 1:3 slope and we were turfed out into the ice wrapped up like Eskimos, and wise we were too as it was not warm!! Afterwards we made a dash for their cafe, that served the worst hot chocolate I've ever tasted. The views on the final leg to Jasper were of somewhat higher quality than the hot chocolate!!
From here to Jasper is a significant drop and the difference in temperature matched this. We were delighted to stroll around in shirt sleeves. We're in a motel here for two nights, with self
catering, so for a change it was off to the local store for frozen pizza and portions of blue berry pie!! The pizza was, I have to say, delicious
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