I've hit the rockies and the view so far is amazing. The rain cleared up and I can see the thick clouds whiting out the tops of the mountains. [When I hit the town, I was really taken aback by the 360 view. First thing I did however, was duck into a diner, where I ordered a delicious pasta and changed into some jeans in their bathroom. Also, my backpack had been sitting in a puddle of dirty water on the bus, so I wiped that down throughout my meal]
After talking to the bus driver and a nice lady, I heard about the Columbus Icefields. A straight tour to Banff would cost a lot, but I could probably fit a day tour in tomorrow.
Jasper is incredible. It's a small tourist-y town nestled in the middle of a bunch of mountains. Everywhere you look, on all sides are beautiful mountain ranges. I took a bit of the town in and went to some stores. There were a couple of tacky gift stores, where I bought some cards to send out to people. I also stopped by a native arts store. The store was filled with traditional hand-made native goods, including high end expensive jewellry with canadian gems.
Not wanting to spend $100's on a print, I bought a neat native art card which I will paste onto the front of the next journal.
I took a quick cab to the hostel, which sits at the base of Whistlers mountain. A tram goes up and down the mountain.
When I got outside the hostel I noticed I had to catch my breath. I'm assured the hike up the mountain is doable, so I'll try tomorrow morning.
The dorms are not co-ed, and they are huge. I'm guessing there are at least 36 beds crammed into this area [That's just the guys side]. Given that everyone who comes here is probably hiking or doing something outdoors, that's over 20 sweaty guys sleeping together. Sufficet to say, the room is a bit musty and gross, but not bad at all considering the circumstances. The place is pretty clean overall if you can get past sleeping in a guys locker room setting. I spent the night writing cards to friends back home and to Nita. Hopefully I can wake up and get an early start tomorrow. [They had a book shelf and I found an old comic book someone left. I was thinking about lifting it, but I'm not really the stealing type, so I packaged it up and left it]
|Me and Jasper|