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A small dot //In a red chair

There is nothing like spending time in an ancient gorge to make you realize that our time on earth is a drop in the bucket. Our lives but a small dot compared to that majesty of the earth.

The pictures tell the story of how water wins even over rock. How it takes centuries for the change to occur and yet it does. Our lives but a moment in time during this.

The views from the upper hike stunning, again in a landscape that man really hasn’t changed much. Within the National Parks development is limited and the area feels like you could step back in time to when the indigenous roamed the land freely.

Today was the take it”easy” day so we did the 4.86 km hike around Maligne Canyon. Then it was lunch time but eating in the vehicle isn’t really fun when there are all these great options. So my plan was to head to the red chairs up the Old Fort Point Loop hike. It was listed as a steep blue hike but it was only like 1.1km in to get to the red chairs.

Only it wasn’t. Plus they were hard to find and we kind of went off path for a while looking but the Boy Scout pulled us back into the right spot and his height finally picked out the sign on the fallen tree. So we made it after 1.7 kms and finally had lunch!

It was worth it though as on the way down we saw a lone mountain sheep on his way up. Which allowed us to capture him as he or she rested on the first plateau. Perhaps their legs were as tired as mine were at that point!

Timing was everything today. As we headed back into Jasper my eyes caught some movement in the bush. So instead of turning right we turned left and safely pulled over. The sunlight was, for once, not my friend and it was hard to get a good photo of this bull elk. But for a drive by shooting I will take the photo versus getting out and going for the great shot.

Then we switched hats so to speak but kept walking and did a further 1.5 kms downtown. We had to get a picture with Jasper the bear for Young A and find a couple of important gifts. Fortunately the shops were very quiet and we accomplished that mission. It left us time to enjoy a beer and snacks on our deck in the sunshine. Mind you the wind was blowing off the lake and it didn’t feel like 7 degrees at all! Glad we had a fireplace inside and a hot tub booked.

On a scale of 10 this trip has been an 11. Covid concerns have not really been an issue, the weather has been better than the forecast and the R & R so rejuvenating.

Bernie

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10 thoughts on “A small dot //In a red chair

  1. We usually do Old Fort Point in reverse and work our way down the front. The mountain sheep up at the top make it worth the trip no matter how you do it. Also, the view over the back ridge into the valley. Glad you enjoyed Jasper. Allan

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    1. We didn’t do the full loop and basically did an in and out but time permitting that would have been a good idea. It was the only hike we did that was “busy”. Jasper was as delightful as always. Thanks for stopping in Allan. Take care. Bernie

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    1. I have to agree — we will definitely go out of our way to find them. I also think they were a great marketing tool by Parks Canada. It was a wonderful trip. Thanks for reading all about it and commenting. Bernie

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    1. As it turns out we’ve seen both but not this trip. They aren’t as hard to find as you would think once you get into the mountains. They love the salt on the road sadly enough. These two hikes were quite different than day 1 and 2 and it was nice to be in more open space with vistas. Thanks for your compliment about the photos. I tried to curate a good post and had to cull lots of pictures! Someday you can get there – heck you can find this setting in your own province. Yoho and Kootenay are fabulous spots. Check out my Canada 150 series for highlights of those. Take care. Bernie

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    1. Thanks Pam. Yeah by the time we found the chairs it was long past lunch but I had a goal and then we both became determined. Nothing stubborn about us! Thanks for reading and for the compliment on the photos. Hard to chose which ones to use. Take care. Bernie

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