We pointed the car south, again on Route 93, but soon on the old route 93, now called 93A. Our first adventure was up a road to a ski lift that is closed. Beautiful views, though.
The next road into the mountains was more interesting. It led up to the base of Mt. Edith Cavell, named for a heroic British nurse who stayed in Belgium when World War I started and who was executed by the Germans in 1915 as a spy.
Mt. Edith Cavell is, so far, my favorite. If Pyramid Mountain it the backdrop for Jasper, Edith's snowy cap and diagonal snow fields provide the quintessential view from the town. It's a mountain with personality.
|Mt. Edith Cavell as Seen from Jasper|
High above the trail is Angel Glacier, a big glacier that fills a hanging valley maybe 2000' above us. It has wings that extent out and up on either side of the valley. It is spectacular. The angel wings are secondary glaciers that feed into the much larger central glacier.
|Angel Glacier Melts into a Small Lake|
Less spectacular, but perhaps more interesting, is the small Edith Cavell Glacier. It sits across a glacial pond from the trail. It is small, formed by thousands of years' accumulation of snow that has avalanched off the sheer walls of the mountain. It is multicolored and calves into the pond - the effect is, to use a word I've used a lot in this blog - beautiful.
|Edith Cavell Glacier|
|An Iceberg Calved from Edith Cavell Glacier|
Back at the Wapiti Campground we learned who runs it: the wapiti (more familiarly known as elk).