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Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

2010 October 27

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

Another stop during my second day in Jasper National Park was Athabasca Falls. It was a very beautiful and interesting place. Which combined with the proximity to the highway and easy access meant that it was pretty populated. But that didn’t take away from the beauty of the place at all, at least not in my opinion. Sure, if you just happened upon this area on a remote hike it would be pretty spectacular. But, if that were the case I, and the majority of travelers, would not have had the pleasure to visit this place.

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

There were walkways over the falls and around the side which provided for many different angles and views. One of the things that I really love about waterfalls is the reminder of how powerful water is – you can hear it and sometimes even feel it. And as was the case with these falls, you can see the pathways they have cut for themselves through the rocks.

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

There was a stairway in one of the crevices that lead down to the river below. I really loved this. It was like discovering a hidden stairway, even though it was far from hidden.

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

The rock cliffs meeting the river below:

Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park

Just above the Falls, the sun was just right to create rainbows in the mist.

Athabasca Falls Mist Rainbow, Jasper National Park

I would definitely recommend this as a stop along the way if you find yourself in Jasper National Park!

After a fun morning of sightseeing, I spent the afternoon in the town of Jasper sitting in the laundromat. I felt it was a shame to sit inside doing laundry when there was so much beauty outside, but it had to be done. There was also a bakery and coffee shop in the corner which provided delicious fragrances to mix with the great music they were playing for a surprisingly lovely ambiance. They had tables and benches set up with outlets so I could sit and work on my computer while my clothes were sloshing about. I am not sure that I have ever enjoyed doing laundry this much.

Once my laundry was done and my battery was charged, I went back to camp. I laughed about using my laptop on the picnic table in the campground. But that was the difference, others were recreating and I would think it would be foolish to take my laptop with me if I were going on a camp trip or going to a national park on a vacation instead of taking advantage of the experience. But for me, the lines between recreating and working were blurred and I had to find a way to merge them.

This would be my last night in Jasper, and one of my favorite places!

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  1. Lisa permalink
    October 28, 2010

    Shana… promise me you will take me there.. promise promise promise.. someday.. when we are older.. and brighter.. and richer and all that good stuff.. It is so BEAUTIFUL.. and know what.. I wouldnt even mind if we had do some laundry..
    Lis~

    • shana permalink*
      November 1, 2010

      I would love to go back to Jasper with you!

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