Autumn 2020 – Part 47 – Onward and Upward – Jasper National Park

October 3, 2020

After Katrine Lake, we continued about .75 km (1/2 mile) along Trail 2h, until the junction with 2i. We turned right on 2h and continued on to Pyramid Bench where we had been on Monday. The trail climbed steadily and was quite muddy in places. This portion of the hike was about 2.35 km (1 1/2 miles) with an elevation gain of 82 meters (269 feet).

Shortly past Katrine Lake, we came to the junction of the trail over the outfall stream from Pyramid Lake. A lot of downed trees kind of spoiled the views.

Despite the lateness of the season, flowers could still be found.

A few other detail shots presented themselves along the way, including berries growing through coloured leaves, moss, fallen logs, fungi and pine resin glistening in the sunlight.

A flicker of motion caught my eye and looking up, we spotted this Pileated woodpecker looking for his next meal.

The path, at times muddy, continued onward and upward, until we saw glimpses of emerald lakes in the valley below.

Growling stomachs and a striking view told us that it must be lunch time.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

21 thoughts on “Autumn 2020 – Part 47 – Onward and Upward – Jasper National Park

    1. Thanks Lori. I could not believe my good fortune to capture the woodpecker shots. These birds have a large habitat area and he chose to be by the trail right when we went by. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. It was for sure. A couple of winters back, we had one in our neighbourhood. Its call reminds me a bit of the Australian Kookaburra….or Woody Woodpecker cartoons. Thanks for reading Christie. Allan

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  1. Just looking at your beautiful landscape and nature photos lowers my stress levels! Nothing comes close to the smell of the forest and listening to bird songs. I believe that being in nature contributes to good physical and mental health. Thanks for sharing and have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. You are so right. I walked out of my home a couple of mornings ago to find what I call a “soft day”. Above 0, humidity in the air (a rarity in the winter here) and a breeze blowing like it does off an ocean. I was immediately transported back to our visit to Carmel-by-the Sea in Southern California. How’s that for a trip without leaving home. Amazing how memories work. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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  2. Those are incredibly beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them. We were going to vacation in that area last summer, but thankfully, decided our calendar was too busy before we actually booked anything, since we would have had to cancel it all anyway. But it is still on our list to be one of the first spots we travel to when we can!

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    1. Thanks Ann. We were lucky to have this on our doorstep. Like you, we had no vacation plans to cancel, so lucky?? Hope your travel wish comes true. If that is all we get next year, we can be happy. Stay well Ann. Allan

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