A morning snapshotMay 5 in Canada
It is a delight to sit here in our Canadian campsite [Whistlers in Jasper] and listen to the morning sounds. Kids waking up and playing, birds that I don’t recognise squawking, train in the distance, but the overall volume is of no sound. Silence. It can be so deafening at times, but in a luscious kind of way.
I look out from my picnic table that designates my campsite and see a ranger vehicle, bear-resisting rubbish bins, several RVs, tents and 5th wheelers in amongst lots of fir trees. Some trees are dead but most are that mid-green colour. On the ground is grass in various states of repair following a long heavy winter having held snow since late November. Now everything is looking forward to the warmth and energy of spring and summer.
The walk this morning was fresh and exhilarating, showcasing my first two elk seen in the wild. I walked on one of many paths created by Parks Canada and ended up seeing the fast flowing Athabasca River. As an Aussie it just amazes me the volume of water flowing so strongly and so far from the coast. Water is of great abundance in this land!
This part of the country, the Jasper region, sits at just over 1000 metres in elevation, with the surrounding mountains rising up over 3000 metres, making for stunning snow-covered vistas all around. The air is fresh, the temperature is above zero [about 8 degrees right now] and peace reigns in this moment.Read more