10.30.2017

605. Rockies Roadtrip | Day 17 - Columbia Icefield & Glacier Skywalk

Columbia Icefields
I am very slowly (but surely) reaching the end of my Rockies Roadtrip posts! Lol. Just a few more days left. It has been so long now I don't really remember all the details that clearly from the final days. On our second day in Jasper (or I should say, McBride) we visited the Columbia Icefield and Glacier Skywalk. It was quite an adventure.

In the morning we started making the ~5hr drive to the Icefield, with a stop in Jasper. Along the way we started to run out of gas. We began making plans to hitchhike to the nearest gas station and back if our car stopped. Worst part was that on the entire stretch of the highway, there was no cell phone reception so we couldn't call for help if we wanted to. That was one of the most nerve-wracking moments of the trip. The gas light kept flashing and we were at the final moments when we were able to pull into the Icefield parking lot. We went in to the centre to ask the information desk for help on what to do. At that moment was the luckiest moment of our trip. Connected to the centre is a hotel, and the guy calmly told us to go there as they sold gas. We were instantly relieved and went to purchase some for maybe double the price that it would have been at a gas station. I think we bought half a tank? But then the guy who filled it up for us did it all the way so we got lucky again hahah.

After that we were off to the Icefield. We went on these huge buses that brought us on a ~15min drive onto the glacier. At the glacier we had maybe 20 minutes to walk around and collect some glacier water.

Icefields Parkway
Columbia Icefields
Columbia Icefields
Columbia Icefields
Columbia Icefields
Columbia Icefields
Columbia Icefields
Columbia Icefields
I think our guide told us he knew someone who went hiking up there and came across a cougar's den which I actually thought was pretty cool..though dangerous for him lol.

Columbia Icefields
Up ahead you can see a very steep incline (a lot steeper than it looks in pictures)

Columbia Icefields
Glacier Skywalk Columbia Icefields
After the Icefield, we headed to the skywalk. I was pretty excited for this as I've never been on a skywalk before and this was something new for me (as it wasn't built the last time I visited here). The views were amazing. My friend and I each took a rock from here as a souvenir hahah.

Glacier Skywalk Columbia Icefields
Glacier Skywalk Columbia Icefields
Glacier Skywalk Columbia Icefields
Glacier Skywalk Columbia Icefields
Columbia Icefields
Glacier Skywalk Columbia Icefields

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  1. I always close my eyes when I'm...

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    1. The moment we found out you had a dirtier mind than Dan..hhahaha

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