Jake's custom crate, made with salvaged cedar. (The zip ties are a West Jet security feature.) He took to it wonderfully and survived a slightly turbulent flight with flying colours.
Happy to be here.
Happy in the Rockies.
Matt and Nikki's apartment is the brown building just left of centre in the shadow of Cascade Mountain.
The Bow River with the Massive Range in the distance, just a few minutes walk out of town.
Mount Rundle reaches skyward.
Castle Mountain flanking the Bow Valley. A formidable hunk of rock, but a the look out situated just below the sheer cliffs is highly recommended by the guide books.
The trail winds its way up the base of the mountain.
The view is worth the climb.
It's raining in BC (of course!)
But we went anyway.
Turquoise lakes and snowy peaks along the Icefields Parkway.
The remains of the Bow Glacier. Our destination is the waterfall, the meltwater of the glacier, and headwater of the Bow River.
Almost at the source.....
Voila! The beginning of a very dominant river. Time to head back through sleet and driving rain on July 4!!
Our first wildlife encounter. Small,but safe!
A trip to lake Minniwanka, with weather becoming more summer like.
The trail weaves through the aftermath of a forest fire.
Matt serenades the mountains with his harmonica. It also warns bears of our approach. Well we haven't encountered any thankfully.
The harmonica doesn't seem to work with Big Horn sheep!
Cooling off in the cold water (very) of the lake.
"There's gold in them thar hills!"
Mocha takes the easy way home.
Matt and Nikki's very '80's camper van.
Cooking up a storm.
Veggie burgers in the shadow of The Three Sisters at Canmore.
Banff's skate park.
A hike up to Grassi Lakes.
The Bow Valley and Canmore below.
The incredibly coloured water of Grassi Lakes.
The water is a little chilly!
The town of Banff with Lake Minniwanka in the distance, from Sulphur Mountain.
Looking north-west from Sanson Peak on Sulphur Mountain.
Jake is loaded into the bomb bay for our flight home.