One of the natural attraction highlights from our Alaskan RVing adventure was the day trip we took to the top of Salmon Glacier. Literally, I do not recommend making the steep, narrow, winding drive all the way up from Hyder, Alaska to the Salmon Glacier summit with your RV or trailer–though others clearly do it.
I’ve always wanted to visit Jasper National Park and Banff. More specifically, I wanted to see for myself how beautiful the scenery was since first hearing about it decades ago. Well, we visited, check that off the list. But we didn’t see much since the skies were so smoky due to the 700+ wildfires burning throughout British Columbia.
Still, we did get up close and personal with Athabasca Glacier.
We’ve never paid so much to boondock in a parking lot, and we were not alone. But the close proximity to the Glacier made for some great views and a nice hike, regardless of all the smoke.
Before the rain and hail that caught us on the walk back to the Columbia Icefields Visitor Centre, the smoky skies made for some less than spectacular photos.
Still, no photos do do this place justice. It must be seen to be experienced.
The simple fact that these glaciers are disappearing cannot be ignored.
The date signs marking the location of the glacier toe over the decades get closer together as you approach its current location.
I can’t help but think how the increasing population of this planet–and the corresponding increase in the number of visitors to these places–have a serious impact. I find it ironic how hoards of tourists crowd the visitor center smoking their cigarettes before waiting in line to pay hundreds of dollars to board an all terrain “Ice Explorer” that drives them across the glacier surface spewing exhaust into the air…
But there I go digressing on my own rant. I’ll just say, do these people really need to discard their Styrofoam cups and plastic bottles on the ground in such a sacred place? And, do they really need a plastic psychedelic Bald Eagle figurine made in China?
Personally, I preferred walking to the glacier toe and appreciating the ground we walked on, and reflecting upon how it had been covered by ice for millennia…even if we did pick up after others along the way.
If you think I’m ranting, just wait until you hear from
Lisa Simpson Rene…
LISA: Listen, people, how can you stand there eating snacks and being children when the world’s glaciers are vanishing? We have to do something about it. Glaciers are nature’s alarm clock, and it’s time for us to wake up. Can there be any doubt that the culprit is greenhouse gas, produced by man?
— Lisa Simpson: March 6, 2005 Simpson’s Episode “On a Clear Day I Can’t See My Sister”
FYI: There is no cell service at the Icefields, so we were once again happy to get online with our RVDataSat 840!
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