September 27, 2020
No big vacations, this year. Oh sure, we had been to Vancouver just before the pandemic hit and managed 4 nights in Jasper in June, just after the National Parks opened up again, but no big far-away destinations.
Like everyone else being held in place by the pandemic, we were looking for any outlet, away from home and when we spotted a fall deal at Patricia Lake Resort, we booked a week’s stay.
When departure day finally arrived, I loaded the car with everything we would need, food, drink, clothing, even our own bedding. It was Covid time after all! As we pulled away, we felt our spirits lifting. We were travelling again. A quick stop in Spruce Grove to see our good friends M & M and we were on our way.
As we drove further West, the fall colours jumped out along the roadside. The trees being mostly birch, poplar and aspen, the leaves turn gold in fall, unlike the reds, oranges and purples on display in Eastern Canada.
On our to-do list was a hike up Sulphur Skyline trail, which starts from the parking lot, near Miette Hot springs. In June, the road to the hot springs was closed and we were denied this chance. We opted to check the road on the way in and again found it gated shut. Sigh!!! The scenery at the turn around point was beautiful, but this was as close as we would get on this trip.
Back on Highway 16, we rolled on by the gorgeous mountain scenery. It was unbelievably beautiful and we just had to stop at Talbot Lake to take it all in.
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