Hinton, Alberta

Beaver Boardwalk near Hinton.   Very nice boardwalk with trails looping all around Maxwell Lake.

But no Beavers were spotted today.


Scottish Bluebells

Wild Orchid

Evidence of Beavers!   Still none spotted.   HAHAHA





Ring-necked Duck

On a much brighter day, the violet-purple coloring on these ducks would be visible.

Lake Louise to Hinton, Alberta via Icefield Parkway

Today we left Lake Louise Campground and are headed to Hinton, AB KOA.  We are driving the complete Icefield Parkway and stopping at the Discovery Center about halfway along the parkway.    A friend from my high school in Pensacola will be there, so we are hoping we can rendezvous there and visit for a little while.


Herbert Lake Reflections  (sorry for the other reflections!  We were moving and I was snapping pictures).

a Big Brown Bear and he had a Black Bear about 600 yards behind him.

Bridal Veil Falls along Icefield Pkwy

Distinctly I remember…..


The Glacier Skywalk, we didn’t book ahead and do this.  But it was fun seeing it from The Pkwy.

Another Bear!

And he decided to lay down and eat too!   LOL


Stopped Cars always means there is an animal sighting.

It’s a Male Elk.   What a beautiful creature.

Goose Nest

KOA Hinter Jasper.  What a pretty campground.   But, not one of the best we’ve been in.  The internet went down “right before we got there”.  Come to find out from others parked there it had been down for days, and it’s a recurring problem.   Won’t be staying there again!   So, we went into the Hinton Visitor Center and were able to get online.

Icefield Parkway Adventures

60 miles North on the Icefield Parkway is Waterfowl Lakes.   This area of Alberta is truly the most beautiful places we’ve visited.


Num-Ti-Jah Lodge!   We decided to stop and explore.   Even found some great jackets for 80% off (last season deals).

Fun place to explore their grounds.

Kept driving North to Peyto Lake.   IF you are ever in this area, DO NOT MISS this hike to the lake.   Even more beautiful than Moraine, Louise or Waterfowl.

Hard to believe, I know, but it is.

We trekked through trails covered in snow, but so worth it.

Peyto Lake on Icefields Parkway

Grey Jay

Ruffed Grouse along our trail

True Baby Stars of Alberta

Lakes: Moraine, Herbert and Hector

Since we are only planning a few days in Lake Louise, we are enjoying driving hundreds of miles and (usual for us) being “out and about” every day.

Even drove 70 miles (half way) up The Icefield Parkway.

Gray Jay  of Alberta, Canada



Most visitors claim Lake Louise is the most beautiful, but WOW Lake Moraine knocked my socks off.

Nice paths around the lake to wander.

Raymond spotted this guy, who thought he was not being seen.

We can still see you!    I still don’t see how the rest of his body was hidden, but it was!  That tree just wasn’t “that” big.  LOL



Star Wars Face, do you see it?

Diving Duck

We left Lake Moraine and decided to drive North on The Icefields Parkway.    BEAR!   YAY.

Didn’t think we’d spot on so soon.


Lake Hector, Alberta.

We turned around from taking pictures of Hector Lake and here is another BEAR walking down the center of the road.

 @ Hector Lake Viewpoint.    Glad he was walking away from us!



Reflections of Hector Lake, Alberta

Pale and Beautiful Sunset in Alberta

Lake Louise and Views from Lake Louise (Trailer) Campground

Some Mountain Climbing going on.   An hour later when we came back by this area, she was still up there.  Made me feel tired watching her.   LOL

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  Rooms start at $750

Beautiful Lake Louise

As we left Lake Louise Drive, we saw this Porcupine.

WOW, Look at his claws!

The Avalanche Waiting To Happen!   It did not before we left.

Views from the campground!

Coy Hill to Lake Louise continued

What a beautiful area!   We missed Banff and Lake Louise in 2014, so this year we planned to be in this area for a while.   Relaxed Adventure to Alaska.

A view from the campground.   Lake Louise (Trailer) Campground is listed in Allstays for 50 ft max.   So, we left the Rig walked from Lake Louise Village to the Campground (.8 mile away).   Checked out the park and found the sites are mostly over 100 feet long!   We were able to pull through and keep truck inline, plus have room for the Smart.  It’s 30amp Electric only, so we came in with empty tanks and full fresh water.   Wonderful park and great central location to Banff and driving the Icefield Parkway.     Because we are early in the Season, this park begins taking reservations 21 June.   After that it remains booked solid.

Unusual for us:  As soon as we set up and unloaded the Smart we headed out to get a bite to eat and explore.  Most restaurants open for dinner around 4pm, so we picked what was open.  Then, drove up to Lake Louise.

The ‘famous’ Lake Louise!

Icebergs in Lake Louise, slowly floating downstream!

Same Iceberg smashing into another one!

Ice Crystals from Lake Louise

These Ice Crystals were floating along the shore line and as the waves would move them they made the sweetest ‘tinkling’ sound.    I could have stayed and listened to that for hours!

Avalanche Zones along the Lake Louise Trail!   This is the first one that could tumble into the trail, even though it appeared small.  We walked as far as we could to the end of the trail along Lake Louise.

Hassayampa Nature Preserve, Wickenburg, AZ

The Hassayampa River Preserve is a 770 acre riparian nature reserve owned by the The Nature Conservancy in the US state of Arizona, near Wickenburg in Maricopa County.  Apache Indians referred to it as the “upside down river” because it flows underground.    Everywhere you see the river bed, it’s dry; with a few exceptions (or when there are flash floods.

We spent the afternoon wandering the preserve.

  View from the highest peaks in the preserve.



Views from the highest point in the preserve. 


Ladder Backed Woodpecker

Vermillion Flycatcher

American Coot



Hassayampa River “river that flows underground” except these few miles through this park.

Western Bluebird


Sunsets are amazing at North Ranch!