Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Good Day For Flying

Woo Hoo! Woke up to blue skies and sunshine! I called the helicopter place and we got the go ahead for our helicopter flight at 1:00.

We left Jasper for the 2 1/4 hour drive back South. Even though we had just been on the Icefields Parkway yesterday, with the change in the weather, it was a different experience. For one thing, we could see the tops of the mountains!

We passed back through the Columbia Icefields. At The Crossing, we turned off the Parkway onto Hwy 11. From there we had about 25 minutes to the Icefields Helicopter Tours base. We had time to spare, so we stopped and took this photo.
This is actually a reservoir that is part of the Saskatchewan River. The Cline River feeds into it from the Cline Glacier (the reason for the blue green color).

We arrived at the helicopter place. Since we were the only customers, as soon as we got our boarding passes, we were cleared to board the helicopter. 
Pre-flight photo

Our flight was 20 minutes up the Cline River to the glacier. Matt, our pilot, pointed out the various features. The Heli was a four-seater, so we all had window seats. Dad got the front seat.

Alpine lakes (they fish for Golden Trout)

The reservoir/Saskatchewan River

All too soon we were returning to the base and touching back down.

We collected our personalized "certificates" and started the drive back to Jasper (our third time on the Icefields Parkway). We stopped at The Crossing for some lunch (extremely expensive cafeteria food).

The sun was still shining for the drive back.
It was a beautiful drive back to Jasper. However, we still didn't see any wildlife except this bear at The Crossing.


Trevor Woodford said...

That does seem to be amazing fun Colleen.... Great shots by the way....

Colleen said...

Thanks Trevor!