Day Fiftyfive

Jasper National Park, AB to Vanderhoof, BC
July 19th, 2009

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Waking up at the top of Fryatt Valley
Finding the Blue Spruce closed
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
The Bus Playlist
327 in the bus, 12 on foot
K'naan, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, On The Media, Outkast
Sunny in the low 70s
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
It's in liters again, we're working on it
Deer, cows, horses
Dave's RV Park, Vanderhoof
Prince Rupert, BC

Daily Didactic
The morning started early for us, at 7:30, so we could pop up over the rise behind the campground and look at Fryatt Lake and the waterfall above it. It had poured rain overnight, so we packed up everything before leaving the tent and left it to be broken down after we got back. Oddly for us, we were the first to stir in the campground. Even odder, when we got back 45 minutes later there was still no one up. Theresa cooked breakfast while Brian packed up our tent and by the time we were eating at 9:30 only one couple (we believe the only two out of "university") had popped out of their tent. As we hiked out of camp at 10:00 we wondered whether we'd screwed up another time zone, but it probably just turns out that it is nice to be a college student and accustomed to late mornings...

The five hour hike down felt a lot easier than the one up and we were rolling out of the trailhead around 3:00 in the afternoon. According to "G" we had about four and a half hours of driving to do to get to the night's destination, Prince George. Between a quick lunch in Jasper, construction, and gas stops that stretched to a respectable five and a half hours and we rolled into Prince George around 8:30. We had planned on staying at an old standby, the Blue Spruce, a campground we spent a week at in the mid 90's waiting for a new engine for the bus to come from Nova Scotia. Sadly, sometime in the last five years the Blue Spruce has closed it's gate. We developed a quick "Plan B" and headed another hour west to Vanderhoof and settled in to the extraordinarily clean and efficient feeling Dave's RV Park for the night.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

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Morning in the incredibly picturesque Brussels campground The food prep area
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Bear poles, with the most clever cable system Looking down the valley at clouds on the Icefield Parkway
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The lake at the top of the valley with an amazing waterfall just over Brian's head An equally cool and much closer waterfall
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Theresa, celebrating falling water And just looking up in any direction gave us this
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Cool striations Heading back, eleven miles downhill
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Looking up again Trail shot
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Upstream The south vista again
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We're sure it's bad for the leaf, but it's really pretty One last look south, we headed north here
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The Jasper Visitor Center Sort of a sad reminder, apparently it rotted and became a public hazard
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Destination, Prince George Seems like BC used to be more humble
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We like the sign Three things the bus is actually faster than
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Road shot along a lake we can't remember the name of We will
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Prince George in the early evening... ...welcoming us
On to Plan B, Vanderhoof

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