The next morning, we did the drive from Banff to Jasper, Alberta, Canada, which was every bit the spectacular drive it's been described as being. A stop at the beautiful Peyto Lake, at the runoff of a glacier, where the lake is crimson greenish emerald blue:
Waterfalls along the way:
Another glacier along the highway:
One of many bear sightings during the trip:
The afternoon started more of the big push home. Banff to home in Alaska is almost right at 2,000 miles. Originally, the plan was to do them in 4 days, doing 500 miles at a pop. However, as I suspected might happen, after being on the road for a week and a half at that point, we started feeling the fatigue of the road, and ended up taking 5 days for the rest. As those who have driven the Alaska-Canada (Alcan) Highway can attest, it's in pretty good shape now, but there are LOTS of portions that have some rather significant jolts and bumps. These get rather tiresome, both physically and mentally. Lots of longer drives. Some with very pretty mountains and scenery on the side, others just plodding and weaving through the forest and hills.
Stayed the night at Dawson Creek, (yes, that's the name) which is the famous start of the Alcan Highway. Wish I had taken a picture of the "Milemarker Zero" sign. The next night, we pooped out at Muncho Lake (yes, that also the real name) which was a gorgeous huge mountain lake. Stayed the night on a hillside, with this as the morning view we woke up to, and then had breakfast under the awning on the lakeside.
Another of the bear sightings:
And then a grocery stop and rest break at the "Signpost Forest". Interesting, and bigger than I thought it was going to be: