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  • Day38

    The Bear Necessities

    August 5, 2017 in Canada

    Easily my best nights sleep on board a train (not counting the sleeper). It's amazing what a bit of extra space can do. I awoke amongst the Rockies. I've woken up to worse views!

    I headed down to the dining car for a pancake breakfast with maple syrup (when in Rome). The writing on my box made me smirk - a little familiar don't you think?

    I soon ventured to the observation car. Unlike the Amtrak observation cars, the Via Rail trains had a dome section so not only did you have panoramic windows at the side you could also see forwards and backwards along the train. We passed waterfalls, were followed by bald eagles, weaved between mountains and alongside turquoise lakes.

    I met a similarly aged couple from Kent - Matt and Ellie. They were headed to Jasper too but had just embarked on a 10 month tour around the world. They were less than a week in to their journey. Ellie also wore a St Christopher around her neck. I have been wearing mine (a gift from my wonderful Aunty Margaloo) as a good luck charm my entire trip. Ellie has 3.

    Around mid morning our attendant came round with goodie bags for all the kids. I got his attention and asked how young I had to pretend to be to get one. He soon came back with one for me and I gleefully assembled my choo choo club cardboard train. No I will never grow up.

    The journey seemed to fly by and before we knew it we were in Jasper. I collected my suitcase (fondly referred to as Petunia the Pink Suitcase) and headed for a nearby car hire kiosk. The more people I'd spoken to the more I'd come to decide that to see the most of this beautiful national park, I needed wheels. I managed to get myself a good deal and so I was introduced to the 3rd car I'd driven since embarking on my trip. I christened her Cora the Corolla. Once I'd collected supplies from the nearby supermarket for tea and breakfast Susan helped me find the hostel which was located about 7km from town.

    I can't tell a lie, I nearly cried when I saw the hostel dormitory. It had over 30 beds. All bunks close together with no power points to hand. Despite being handed my lucky number for a bed (17 in case you were wondering) this just wasn't going to work. I had passed some rather nice looking private rooms on my way to the dorm and I was praying one was free. It wasn't. Plan B. I asked if I could change bunks. The one I'd been assigned was in the depths of the room, by no windows and it was also a top bunk. I didn't mind this in hostels where you were given shelves and power points as part of your bunk but there was no where to nest! Insanity would soon set in. Taking pity on the princess with the pink suitcase, straw hat and Cath Kidston backpack with pink Lego tag, they offered me bed number 2. It was right by the door, window and also a bottom bunk. I was instantly much happier.

    On ridding myself of train smell and generally feeling much more refreshed I went in hunt of the perfect mountain sunset. I was referred to Pyramid Island which was a short 20 minute drive away.

    On arriving at my destination and the small car park I was suddenly aware of my solitude. I wasn't lonely so much as accutely aware of the potential danger of bears! Leaving my cinnamon roll flavoured oreos firmly in the glove box I ventured to the Island. I could see other tourists ahead so didn't feel too vulnerable. However to be safe, I remembered what a fellow traveller had told me which was that bears don't like to be surprised and therefore when hiking through woods on your own make as much noise as possible. Becky in particular had taken it upon herself to sing Disney songs at the top of her voice. There was nothing else for it and despite the sheer magnitude of material available to me the only song that came to mind was 'The Bear Necessities'. There's an image for you.

    The island and views were breathtaking. Whilst there were no signs of bears I'm sure I heard a wolf howl. It was a full moon too. On returning to the hostel just after nightfall I settled into the big lounge and kitchen and made myself dinner. I got chatting to a young chap from Cambridge who had been in Jasper several days. He gave me another tip about bears which was that whatever you do, do not buy a bear bell. Bears are pretty smart and have taken this dining to mean one thing - dinner. On that note, mine was ready and I quickly snaffled it and headed to bed (after curfew - thank goodness my bed was right by the door)
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  • Day10

    Whistlers Mountain

    October 2, 2016 in Canada

    Heute war eine Wanderung zur Bergstation auf dem Whistlers Mountain geplant. Vorher waren wir in Jasper einkaufen und haben die Feuer- und Rettungswache besichtigt.
    Leider sind wir zu spät auf dem Berg gelaufen, sodass wir wegen der Dämmerung noch vor dem Gipfel wieder umkehren und den Heimweg antreten mussten.
    Das Wandern hier in den Bergen gestaltet sich recht schwierig, weil man während des Laufens immer laut reden, pfeifen oder klatschen muss um Bären in der Gegend zu vertreiben. So bleibt einem kaum Luft die man wirklich nötig hat bei so einem Aufstieg. Und ganz ehrlich... man kommt sich auch echt ein bisschen bescheuert vor ;)Read more

  • Day10

    Whistlers Mountain Trail

    October 2, 2016 in Canada

    Wir haben uns entschieden heute noch den Whistler Mountain Trail zu erklimmen, trotz der erhöhten Bärenwarnung. Immoment sind die Tiere sehr aktiv da sie sich ihr Winterspeck anfüttern, somit ist das keine seltenheit immoment auf einen zu treffen.

    Die Ranger sagen hier, wir sollen laut miteinander Reden / Pfeifen / Klatschen usw, dann gehen die Bären weg 😱, sobald sie Uns hören.
    Zwei Verhaltensbeispiele Rangerlike.: Wenn ein Grizzly auf dich zukommt soll man sich totstellen, aufkeinenfall mehr bewegen, da die nur spielen wollen und verlieren dann ihr Interresse. Jetzt kommen wir zum Schwarzbären, naja bei einem Schwarzbär hat man schon so gut wie verloren, da hilft nichts 😉. Ansonsten falls man Glück hat und der Bär nur die Witterung von dir aufgenommen rückwärtslaufen ihn im Blick behalten, das ist bei den Trails nur nicht immer so einfach und hoffen das der doch mal umdreht. Fahrzit.: Also ist es besser im Fahrzeug zu sein, wenn man auf einen Schwarzbär trifft.

    Nun zum Berg -- Der Weg zum Berg war sehr schwierig insgesamt waren es 7,7 km / 4500 Höhenmeter nur steil nach oben, da kamen wir um ein bisschen klettern auch nicht vorbei. Wir hatten an vielen Stellen eine unglaubliche Aussicht auf das Tal. Leider haben wir es nicht ganz geschafft da uns die Dämmerung eingeholt hat und wir wegen der erhöhten Bärengefahr umdrehen mussten. Danach taten uns trotzdem die Füße bzw die Beine weh 🙂

    Nun lassen wir unseren letzten Abend am Campground Whistler beim Lagerfeuer mit Essen / einem wohlverdienten kanadischen Bier und bei einem sternenklaren Nachthimmel ausklingen, da uns morgen eine weitere Etappenreise bevorsteht zum nächsten Ziel. Wir sind schon sehr gespannt was uns da erwartet und wir dort erleben 🙂

    Aufjedenfall hatten wir hier in Jasper und Umgebung eine tolle Zeit, haben viel gesehen, nette Menschen kennengelernt und es hat uns riesen Spaß gemacht ein paar Tage hier zu sein🙂
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  • Day4

    After taking the tram up to the lower summit of Whistlers Mountain, we then hiked to the upper summit. The trail looks easy, but after starting the hike up, you quickly discover the air is a lot thinner at 7424 ft above sea level. After several breaks along the way, we finally reached the summit at 8080 ft above sea level where we had some fun taking pictures and exploring the top of the mountain! The tram was packed going up, but nobody climbed up to the summit with us, so it felt as though we had this mountain to ourselves - what an incredible experience! The sun was starting to set, so we started to make our descent. Next stop...supper! We decided to pick up a pizza at a recommended pizza place in town, and had to pick up a takeout order of the poutine we had the other night...it was that good that we had to have it again! We took all the food back to the cabin to share in some good laughs and stories from our day. This is going to be a great trip to remember!Read more

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