Atlas Coal Mine

Museum Houses

Museum Houses 

I had seen the Atlas Coal Mine on tv and wanted to check it out.  On arrival C really wanted to go on a tour, which was a huge change from last year, were he begged not to.

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With the tour we would get to go inside the old mine buildings.

Riding in the Electric Mining Cars

Riding in the Electric Mining Cars

We met up for the tour, the adults got old belts with a battery to power the headlamps on their hard hats.  The boys got a lighter and modern hard hat.

Ready for their tour

Ready for their tour

Up, Up, Up

Up, Up, Up

View from the Top

View from the Top

The tour was great, walking up beside the belt to a mine opening, lots of great and interesting information.  We got to check out the blacksmith’s shop (which is always interesting), and the boys loved it!

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A great stop, and as they are always working on the site I am sure we will be back.

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Weekend In Drumheller

Boys running to explore the Badlands

Boys running to explore the Badlands in Horse Thief Canyon

With no vacation time, we planned weekend trips.  As we headed for Drumheller a storm warning was issued, we decided to go anyway, thinking this would make it quieter (Not So).

Arriving there, it was busy, most the local campgrounds were full, we drove to a small campground, Bleriot Ferry.  The storm hit as we left drumheller to drop the trailer at the campground, crazy hard rain that only lasted 10 or so minutes.  With lots of camping in the grass, we choose to camp in the trees by the river, a little more crowded, but a lot nicer and more protected.  This proved to be a huge win, as the rain brought a couple mosquitoes where we were, and swarms in the fields that made up the other sites.

While camping a heavily modified Boler showed up, the lower front extended, which kept a roll out kitchen, and the lower back extended adding storage.  A unique and amazing trailer (Regrettably I forgot to get pictures).

With the trailer set up we headed into to town for dinner and to discuss what we wanted to see this weekend.  Since other trips we had focused on the Royal Tyrrell Museum, and Dinosaur Provincial Park, this trip we wanted to focus on the other attractions.

This area always struck me as odd, you can be driving along, farmers fields for as far as you can see, then the badlands just appear, huge, but unlike mountains, these huge areas are below, and hidden as you approach.

Cactus in the Badlands

Cactus in the Badlands

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After dinner we stopped by Horsethief Canyon on the way back to camp (picture at the top of this post).

Walking the Hoodoos

Walking the Hoodoos

The next day we checked out the Hoodoos on the way to the mine (I plan to make the mine my next post).

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Time To Pick Up The Boys

Taking Pictures On Top of Baker Mountain

Taking Pictures On Top of Baker Mountain

The boys had a great vacation, but it was time to drive to the kootenays and pick up the boys.  While there we did get time to visit, and took a drive up Baker Mountain.  A short and easy drive, it was perfect for the boys.  Although the smoke from the forest fires limited the views, it was still a stop.  The boys had fun running around and taking pictures.

Baker Mountain Sign

Baker Mountain Sign

Smoke from the Forest Fires was impacting the views

Smoke from the Forest Fires was impacting the views

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Day 3 Exploring Jasper

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls

We started the day with a walk around Athabasca Falls, a beautiful spot.

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls

 

Wildlife Everywhere

Wildlife Everywhere

Then we dropped the trailer and headed to Maligne Lake, to talk the boat tour to Spirit Island.  This is a spectacular area, and a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

 

Spirit Island

Spirit Island

Tour Boat

Tour Boat

More Wildlife

More Wildlife

And More Wildlife

And More Wildlife

Next we headed up to Mt Edith Cavell.  A spot I had wanted to visit for  awhile.  Everywhere we went was amazing, so many cool places in one day.

Mt. Edith Cavell

Mt. Edith Cavell

Mt. Edith Cavell

Mt. Edith Cavell

Mt. Edith Cavell

Mt. Edith Cavell

Mt. Edith Cavell

Mt. Edith Cavell

Our Campsite

Our Campsite

With moving we didn’t bother setting up camp, we just slept and cooked in camp, the rest of the time we were out exploring.

After diner we went for a drive to look for wildlife, saw a bear and…

Bear sighting

Bear sighting

 

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…an Elk waiting for us at our campsite when we returned.

Wildlife in Camp

Wildlife in Camp

This was by far the best sights I have seen in Jasper to date.

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Day 4 Leaving the Mountians

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With a fun, but short trip coming to an end, we took the last day to explore a little closer to the Jasper Town site.  Smoke from a forest fire was reducing the visibility, none of the pictures form this day turned out that well.

Traveling without the boys was a lot more relaxing, but we still can’t wait for our next trip when the boys will join us.

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Day 3 Icefields Parkway

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A quick breakfast and we headed out.  With limited fuel left we couldn’t explore too much, so we only took a few small detours as we headed for jasper.

On the west side of Abraham lake there were even more people camping, as you could drive right down to the lake.

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Next we entered the park, fueled up at the intersection (with the most expensive gas I have ever purchased) and headed North up the Icefields Parkway.  With my camera battery dead, I only took a few pictures with my little camera.

Trail to Athabasca Glacier

Trail to Athabasca Glacier

We stopped at the Athabasca Glacier.  It is amazing how fast it is receding up into the mountains.

Athabasca Glacier

Athabasca Glacier

With a fun day of amazing sights, the views on this road are incredible, we pulled into the honeymoon lake campground.  Had a swim and some dinner.

Honeymoon Lake

Honeymoon Lake

Another amazing day in the rockies.  Next time I will charge my camera so I can get pictures.

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Day 2 Allstones Lake

The next morning the storm had passed, with just a cloudy sky we headed off for Allstones Lake.

The trailhead is on the David Thompson Hwy, on the east side of Alliston creek (the bridge over the creek is labeled).

The trail started off steep, but after a while it began to open up, providing views of the Abraham Lake and the surrounding peaks.

View of Abraham Lake

View of Abraham Lake

Along the trail we caught up to a bird, scared of us it ran down the trail trying to get away, but since we were also on the trail we must have followed it for 10 minutes.  Finally a dog coming the other way, scared the bird into the air.  The dog was with two hikers that spent the night at Allstones Lake, the only other people we saw on the trail.

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Arriving at the lake and campsite, the campfire was still burning, with one of the logs in the fire not only on fire, but also hanging out of the fire pit by a few feet.  Since we passed the only campers as they hiked down, we put the fire out.

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It was a nice spot, and I am sure the views would be incredible on a clear day.  As we turned back, we made an attempt on one of the summits, and then walked back to camp for dinner.

This is trail worth doing again.

After dinner, with sore legs we took to the truck to explore around the lake.  It was amazing how many trailers we parked around the lake camping. many with quads.

With no kids on this trip everything was so easy, and we had so much more time, a very odd feeling.

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Day 1 Abraham Lake

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The boys started summer vacation out with their grandparents, camping in the Rockies.  This gave us a chance to explore without kids.

After work the two of us headed out to Abraham Lake.   We took back roads to Rocky Mountain house, then on to the David Thompson Hwy.  This is a part of the Rockies we have not yet explored, and unlike much of what we have, it is crown land, with free camping and random trails.

View from our Camp Site

View from our Camp Site

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I want to hike to Allstones Lake, so we found a campsite by Allstones creek, on the lake and across the street from the trailhead.

With a storm coming in, we stayed close to the trailer, and discussed what we wanted to do on this trip.

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No kids, but found a mouse in the trailer.

No kids, but found a mouse in the trailer.

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Calgary Zoo

With only a day in Calgary, we choose to check out the zoo.  I had not visited before the flood, but I saw no sign of damage from the flood.

The boys loved it, an amazing dinosaur area, and lots of animals.

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Green Boler Keychain

Green Boler Keychain

Just got my Boler Keychain in the mail, and it looks even better than it did in the pictures!!  To check them out visit Boler-Camping.com

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