I’m currently in our Jasper lodging and this is the second of three posts I need to make to catch up to current day. Currently my parents are doing a small breakfast in the hotel room since there was no free breakfast included in our Jasper lodging. (Recap: I last left off blogging from Lake Louise, where we stayed two nights, before heading up to Jasper). I had done my lodging search with one criteria: FREE HOT TUB. Now it turns out that I need to add FREE BREAKFAST as well for my parents for maximal parent happiness.
So two mornings ago, we had our breakfast at our Lake Louise lodging which was decent though very carb heavy. They had a waffle station, where I made two waffles before they ran out of mix and I ran out of patience. Then we set off pretty early for Lake Louise, like possibly 9am? The place we stayed at, Mountaineer Lodge, was very convenient to Lake Louise and it was right across the street from what I initially thought was a small collection of shops and turned out to be the main village.
We got early enough to the Lake Louise parking lot (which is really the Fairmont Chateau parking lot) to have our pick of parking in the second half of the lot. We walked around the main Lake Louise area first, then did the hike to the Lake Agnes teahouse. It includes a stop at Mirror Lake…
Which sadly looked like it had visibly receded in water level. AHHH GLOBAL WARMING!!!
Once we arrived to the Lake Agnes teahouse, we sat and had a lovely pot of tea and some assorted pastries that the teahouse offered.
NOT. If you believed that, you don’t know my parents at all. We ate our carried meal of cinnamon raisin bread, bananas and water. 7 CAD for a pot of tea?!?! 4 CAD FOR A COOKIE?!?!? NEVER!
If I were alone I would’ve wanted to do the continued hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers where there is a second teahouse. It would’ve made for a very long day, but maybe next time…
I did do the Big Beehive hike though, which is super steep. My mom started it with me and turned back because she could tell it was going to be an exposed hike and did not want to be in sun. So then I had the pleasure of listening to my Planet Money podcasts and was VERY HAPPY. I reached the top, and got this shot which might be the most precarious I’ve felt taking a picture because it was a steep drop down from where I was stooping and my legs were feeling pretty weak. But here I am…
I made it down slowly and carefully, found my parents waiting in the shade, then we decided my parents would start the descent back to the Fairmont and I would do the Little Beehive before doing the return back on my own. The Little Beehive looked out over the Fairmont Chateau and the Bow Valley. Views were better at the Big Beehive but it was considerably easier to hike the Little Beehive. My main memory is delight in listening through a ton of Planet Money podcasts.
Got back, found my parents, and took some pictures around the Fairmont Chateau which is where all these hikes start from and where the main parking lot is and where every tour bus stops. Then headed back to our hotel! I was able to get two tiny little wraps from the nearby restaurant which we had for dinner. I must repeat, food options in Lake Louise are SPARSE. My mom and I also got to walk around the village; the best part is the visitor’s center and you can do a walk around the Bow River. The thing is you can tell there is a lot less water running in the river, I’m not sure if it’s just the time of year or if it’s GLOBAL WARMING!!!
Next day, drive up to Jasper!