Wild Rose Country
In between working, I had a chance in July to ride some of my favorite places again. On my list was Jasper National Park because I was unable to make it up there the previous year because of the fires. I saw Waterton first before crossing into BC, up thru the Kootenay National Park again and all the way up Icefields Parkway. Icefields became my second favorite road for views and the place that I saw my first bears. It was a magical couple of days even if mother nature went thru about two dozen mood swings while I was there.
In August I crossed into BC on my way to Banff National Park, which turned into Alberta after Kootenay National Park. Everything was on fire in 2017, and the worst of the areas were around me. Despite that, I had one beautiful, clear day to ride in the parks where I found my favorite place on the planet. The Canadian Rockies stole my heart but the morning after camping on the Cline River, the area smoked up, visibility was poor, and the sun was red. So instead I went to a wedding down in Rocky Mountain House, my first ever. I had a wonderful time and made new family. Later in December, they flew me up to spend the holidays with them. It was spectacular to see the area in summer and winter, to hike in the snow to a frozen waterfall and to stand on a river with frozen methane bubbles everywhere.