Another day of little sleep although I felt more rested when I woke up this morning. Lots of snoring by Mom (must be all that exercise and fresh air!) so, instead of yelling at her all night and keeping all three of us awake, I took one for the team and slept in the bathroom. Amazingly, I didn't hear a thing. The bad news? The floor is extremely uncomfortable and the bathroom is furthest from the heater and the fireplace so it was FREEZING. It didn't help that we got a bit of frost overnight either. However, that meant it was beautiful outside first thing in the morning, the air was crisp and fresh, and overall I felt wonderful (probably delirious from lack of sleep!).
After packing up all our stuff and checking out of Tekarra Lodge, we headed into town for breakfast as usual. The previous two mornings we'd stopped at Papa George's for their breakfast special. Its adequate but honestly nothing special and today we wanted something different. We wandered down Patricia Avenue getting a bit discouraged and thinking we'd end up at Smitty's; suddenly we came across a small little restaurant that intrigued us, Lou Lou's Breakfast and Pizzeria. I know... breakfast and pizza? For some of us, that's the perfect combination but for most it probably sounds a bit of an odd combination. We didn't care; we were hungry. Holy schmoleys Batman. Best. Breakfast. Ever. Sure, twice the price of Papa George's breakfast special but it was soooo worth it. I had the most amazing veggie scramble while Mom and Betty were over the moon about their ginormous veggie omelets. I want to go back to Jasper just to have breakfast (and the fettuccini from Cassio's). Alright, you're probably bored with the food talk and want to know what we did on our last morning, right? Fine but you'll thank me when you're looking for somewhere to eat when you visit!
A trip to Jasper MUST end with a visit to Athabasca Falls. I say end because you don't want to peak too soon. The last three trips I've made to Jasper have all ended with a trip to the falls and its the perfect way to wrap up your visit. Nature at its most magnificent. Its about half an hour west of town so if you're based in Edmonton (or flying out from there) it seems odd to be going the opposite direction but trust me, you'll understand. As usual, we stopped along the way to take in the breathtaking views.
Ok, so Edith Cavell is hidden by clouds but trust me, its still there.
A few minutes later, and a right turn off the highway, you'll find yourself in a parking lot packed with cars and tour buses. Its probably one of the Park's most popular spots but don't let the masses of tourists get to you. If you can ignore them and wait patiently to squeeze yourself into the perfect viewing spot, you won't be disappointed. First thing you'll notice? The noise. You can hear the faint sounds of the falls from the parking lot. While it's not Niagra or Victoria, its still pretty darned incredible. The approach to the Falls is a bit deceptive.
Looks pretty peaceful, just a little bit of rough water along the Athabasca River. Nothing major, right? As you head down the path, the noise begins to rise and the water starts to disappear into the rocks.
I'll let the rest of the walk around the falls speak for itself.
You can view all of the pictures from my trip to Jasper HERE.