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Icefields Parkway - Pg. 1
August 27-28, 2003

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Valdez
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Russian River

Homer
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Denali Nat'l Park

Kluane Lake

Cassiar Hwy. Bear
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Stewart/Hyder
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Jasper Nat'l Park
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Icefields Parkway
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Banff, Alberta

Johnston Canyon

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Skagway (side trip)
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Alaska Journaling

My Article About
This Alaska Trip

The Icefields Parkway runs the 147 miles between Jasper and Lake Louise in Alberta. It is a parkway - not a transportation corridor and large trucks are banned. It is nicely paved with a leisurely speed limit of 55 mph and offers many pull-offs to admire the view and take pictures. This is a place to take your time and take in the scenery and should not be rushed along. There are so many attractions along the way, I believe it would take weeks to stop and see them all.

Look at the headlights on the car coming toward us - then wonder at the size of these mountains!
They named this road the Icefields Parkway because there are glaciers and icefields of all sizes, shapes and types topping off, hanging from and spilling out onto gigantic imposing mountains around every bend of this wonderful winding road. While that name is very appropriate in that sense, it also sounds a little cold and distant to me and doesn't convey the magnitude of the beauty that completely engulfs you on this journey, so I think its subtitle should be Paradise Parkway. We certainly felt like heaven could not be any lovelier or scenic than what our eyes feasted on today.

I certainly wouldn't have missed Alaska for anything, but I do believe if this road and the Canadian Rockies were all I would have seen, I still would have been extremely happy and content. I couldn't agree more with a comment I read from the Park Commissioner from 1911-36, J.B. Harkin:

"People sometimes accuse me of being a mystic about the influences of the mountains. Perhaps I am. I devoutly believe that there are emanations from them, intangible but very real, which elevate the mind and purify the spirit."

It was about at this point that I stopped complaining about the $75 (Canadian) charge to drive this road. Honestly the best $75 I've ever spent!
I could hardly believe what I had passed or what I still had to look forward to.
My house and I were both in heaven!
It just gets better & better: Athabasca Falls
 
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