Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake is located in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. As you can see in this photograph it is a beautiful location with a turquoise color of the lake. The lake is this color due to the glaciers in the mountains. Their slow movement down the mountain grinds some of  the rocks into very fine “rock flour”. The fine sediment is suspended in the water and absorbs all the spectrum of light with the exception of turquoise which is reflected back at your eyes which makes what you see turquoise. Many of the lakes and rivers in this area of Canada are this beautiful color.

Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake

We took a boat ride down the length of the lake to this island you see in the photograph. This is Spirit Island which is probably one of the most photographed places in the Jasper area.

Here is a link to more information about Maligne Lake:   http://www.malignelake.com/

The drive between Lake Louise and Jasper has some of the most amazingly beautiful scenery you will ever see. There are amazing mountain views with glaciers and beautiful turquoise colored lakes and rivers.

We will definitely be going back to the Canadian Rockies for another visit.

Sunwapta Falls in Canada

This video is Sunwapta Falls in Canada. As you will see it is an amazingly powerful waterfall.

As you can probably guess Sunwapta Falls is located on the Sunwapta River. What a surprise! The water for the falls comes from the Athabasca Glacier which we also saw while in Canada. Next time you happen to be in Jasper National Park you should definitely check it out.

Black Bear in Canada

This Black Bear that we saw while we were in Canada is pigging out on Buffalo Berries. They eat the calories every day equal to 75 McDonald’s Big Mac’s. We saw a total of 3 Black Bears in the Lake Louise area.

We had a great trip which included Banff to Lake Louise to Jasper and then back to Lake Louise and then over across Yoho National Park and south to the United States.

More details and photos later on the whole trip. We definitely love the Canadian Rockies.

Sorry for not including more details at the moment but we are at a campground that does not have the world’s best internet access.

Black Bear

Black Bear

 

Water from Imogene Pass

Here is another photograph from our recent trip to Imogene Pass. There was still a fair amount of snow up in the high country a week or so ago (mid July). All the melting snow feeds this stream in the photograph. The water was crystal clear and ice cold.

Mountain Stream

Mountain Stream

The Jeep trip to Imogene Pass is a wonderful experience. It starts out near Ouray, Colorado and you end up looking down into the Telluride Valley. When we were there the wild flowers were fantastic. I will try to post some of those images.

If you come to Colorado for vacation one of the many areas you should visit is Ouray and Telluride. Of course there is Ridgeway in between the two locations. A great restaurant in Ridgeway is the True Grit Cafe. Yes, the True Grit movie with John Wayne was filmed in this area.

Imogene Pass

Imogene Pass is above Ouray,CO and between Ouray and Silverton. The views from this mountain top are unbelievable. The day we were there was verging on bad weather as you can see in this photo. I hate photographs with perfectly blue skies. They are usually very boring.

From the top of Imogene Pass you can see both the Ouray and Telluride sides of the mountains. This pass is somewhat difficult to get to and is at slightly over 13,000 feet.

Mountain Pass

Mountain Pass

Here is a link to more information about Imogene

Pass: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imogene_Pass

 

 

Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge

We recently made a trip up to Ouray, CO and on to Silverton. We of course had to go over Red Mountain Pass which is always thrilling.

This photograph was taken in Silverton, CO. The Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge train ride is a fabulous experience. It has been several years since we took our last ride on the train and we will have to do it again soon.

Click on image to enlarge.

Narrow Gauge Train

Narrow Gauge Train

In the summer months several trains run from Durango Colorado to Silverton each day. They follow the Animas river up to Silverton. It is a beautiful ride on an old steam locomotive train through some very scenic country. The round trip takes all day but it is well worth the time and effort.

He is a link to more information: http://www.durangotrain.com/

Collegiate Peaks in Colorado

We recently went camping at Dorchester Campground in Colorado which is near the Collegiate Peaks. To get to this area you go to Gunnison, CO and then east and north past Taylor Reservoir. Once you get past Taylor Reservoir you continue for about 11 more miles on a gravel road. The campground is on the left side of the road.

You can do a search for Dorchester Campground and get more information.

This photograph was taken at sunrise from the campground looking out over the Collegiate Peak Mountain Range. The views of the mountains in this area have to be seen to believe. Don’t forget to click on the image to enlarge.

Collegiate Peaks

Collegiate Peaks

We went on one amazing ATV ride in these mountains. It was a VERY rough ride up into these amazing mountains. It took us about 4 hours to go 21 miles. More on that on the next posting.

We had a great time. It got down to about 40 degrees at night and it rained several times. On one of the ATV rides we found some people stuck in a snow bank (middle of July). One of the members of our group hooked a line onto them and helped pull them out.

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon is located on the west side of the Island of Kauai. Some people call this the Grand Canyon of Kauai. As you can see in this photograph it is a beautiful canyon. Many of the rock formations in the canyon are red which makes for very attractive photographs.

Part of the time we were there it was rainy which of course is not unusual for Kauai. After rain storms there are lots of waterfalls. I have no idea how many waterfalls there are on Kauai but I can assure you there are lots. We rented a house in Hanalei which is on the other side of the island. It is a very nice and scenic drive from Hanalei to Waimea Canyon.

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

The drive to this area and the sightseeing took all day. It is definitely worth the trip. If you happen to be staying in Poipu then the distance is not as far. We had a very enjoyable lunch at the restaurant at Waimea Plantation Cottages. I highly recommend this restaurant. Here is a link to their website: http://www.waimea-plantation.com/

Tunnels Beach in Kauai

As promised we are back to Kauai today. The photograph down lower in this posting is Tunnels Beach on the north shore of Kauai. This beach is just about as far north as you can go on the road before you hit a dead end. Actually the beach at the end of the road (Ke’e)  is the farthest beach without hiking. You can hike along the Napili coast on a really neat trail and reach other beaches. On of the most dangerous beaches on the island is Hanakapiai Beach which is along this trail. Stay out of the water. Lots of people have drowned at this beach. 

We rented a house in Hanalei that was close to the beach at Hanalei Bay. We love this area of the island and have stayed here a number of times. This area of Kauai is quiet without a lot of nightlife and large crowds.

The road from Hanalei on north to Ke’e has a number of one lane bridges and is a very scenic drive. On this end of the island you can count on getting some rain just about every day. At night it will usually rain very hard. The mountain you can see in this area gets almost 500 inches of rain per year.

We really like Tunnels Beach because the snorkeling there is the best on the island. I have a number of great turtle photos that you will see here eventually and also on the wildlife page of my website. The fish are very colorful and I had a great time photographing them with my underwater camera.

If you go to Hanalei or stay in that area there are two restaurants that I highly recommend. Their prices are reasonable and the food is great. The problem with Kauai restaurants is that many of them charge outrageous prices for their food. I guess they figure the tourists must be rich so let’s rip them off. The two I recommend in the Hanalei area are: 1. Hanalei Gourmet -http://hanaleigourmet.com/ , 2.Kalypso Bar and Grill –  http://www.kalypsokauai.com/

Here is the photo of Tunnels Beach. Look below the photo for another recommendation.

Tunnels Beach

Tunnels Beach

OK, one last thing for this posting. A great thing to do in the evening is to go to Hanalei Bay and watch the sunset. It can be a very relaxing and peaceful experience.

More on the next posting.

Kauai

Well today we are going way west, in fact we are going as far west as you can go and still be in the US. We just returned from a wonderful trip to the island of Kauai. Kauai is a very tropical and wet island. One of my favorite things to do is snorkel. In this photograph you can see two green sea turtles posing for a great photograph.

Green Sea Turtles

Green Sea Turtles

In addition to snorkeling we took a helicopter tour of the island which is a fantastic way to see the island. We took the Sunshine Helicopter tour that departed from Princeville. We rented a house in Hanalei so this location was very convenient.

Stay tuned for more posts from Kauai with lots more information on fun things to see and do. Right now I don’t have very much time because I need to get some work done around the house.