I can’t believe that a) the long weekend is already over and b) it’s now September. Where the heck does time go? It sure flew by this weekend that’s for sure!
Friday after work I packed up and hit the road to my parents house in Rocky for the night. We were off to Jasper in the morning for a little mountain getaway. I have a bad habit of falling asleep when travelling so I slept most of the journey there. We stopped somewhere for a picnic lunch which was SUPER cold as it was a dreary, rainy day. I don’t really have any warm clothes that fit at the moment so I stole my dad’s hoodie as we ate. Just outside of Jasper we saw our only wildlife of the trip, a poor little black bear literally being chased around by all the tourists. So sad to see. I can’t believe the way people act around wildlife. I would never in a million years get out of my vehicle and approach a wild animal for a photo opp, especially not a bear. The poor thing got chased onto the road where it was nearly hit by an on-coming vehicle. Poor little guy.
First stop in Jasper was for a drink and a snack which we found in a very popular little cafe, The Bear’s Paw Bakery, where I enjoyed a Strawberry Rhubarb Tart. Yum! We then went and checked into our room (I just shared a room with the folks) at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. It had a gorgeous view of the lake, but honestly the room was nothing special and seemed a bit over priced for what you got. I guess you’re paying for the name though…
I crawled into bed to warm up because I was freezing while I waited to see what the plan was and ended up falling asleep. Oops. When I woke up it was dinner time so we headed back into town to see what we could find. After walking past a Korean restaurant emitting the most delicious smells we decided to venture in. None of us had ever had Korean before so it was an adventure!
The restaurant was called Kimchi House and the food was really good! We started with fried dumplings (my favorite!) and some sort of bean pancake thing which was really good. But when I went to pick one up for my plate, my chopsticks failed me and I dropped it on the table just as the adorable old Korean server walked by. She snatched the chopsticks on my hand and put the pancake back on my plate before I could even open my mouth to say anything. Hahaha, I’m usually a pro with the chopsticks, she just caught me in a moment of weakness. It was so funny that she just grabbed my chopsticks to help me out like that. The rest of the meal was pretty good, we ordered two different dishes to share between the three of us which was the perfect amount.
After dinner we stumbled upon a convenience store that we popped into for some drinks and I discovered they had root beer float ice cream. Can you say yum?? I had to have a cone and it was totally worth it. After our ice cream we took a drive to Maligne Lake to see if we could find any wildlife but we were out of luck.
The following morning we had a fairly terrible breakfast. I don’t even remember the name of the restaurant but I know I won’t be going back there any time soon. Everything was so greasy and the bacon wasn’t even cooked through. We found a cute little deli to get sandwiches made for lunch on the road. If you’re in the area and in need of a good sandwich, check out Patricia Street Deli. They make sandwiches to order with tons of unique sauces, veggies and deli meats. We spent the afternoon sight seeing at various lakes, all the while searching for some wildlife, but only encountering throngs of tourists. We did some light hiking which really tuckered me out by early evening.
For dinner we went to the Fiddle River Restaurant located on main street. It was a bit pricey, but I highly recommend it to anyone in the area. They specialize in Alberta beef, wild game, seafood and fresh Canadian fish. I had a Bison Lasagna, which featured organic buffalo bolognese, with basil and chive aioli, rolled up in a lasagna pinwheel served with fresh Ratatouille and topped with double smoked cheddar mornay sauce. I wasn’t sure I would be able to finish it all but pretty much devoured most of it. I’m a huge fan of bison meat AND pasta so this was the perfect meal after a day of hiking and sightseeing.
After dinner we went for a walk around the lake at the hotel. It was a beautiful evening for walking, the water was so calm and clear and the most gorgeous color (which of course didn’t show through in the iPhone picture).
Once we were back to the room, dessert was needed. In-room dining didn’t offer a very good dessert selection so dad and I wandered into the lobby area to see what we could find to take back to the room. We ended up with some pricey, but incredibly tasty desserts to devour before hitting the sack.
Sadly Monday morning came too soon. We had ordered room service breakfast to enjoy before heading to town for more deli sandwiches to take on the trip home. We stopped at Moab Lake and Athabasca Falls for some final sightseeing and short walk before I passed out in the back seat for the rest of the trip back to Rocky.
While a long weekend isn’t the best time to visit Jasper with all the crowds of people and very little wildlife, it was still a relaxing little trip away from the city and I enjoyed being in the mountain air with my parents. It’s sad to think even though it wasn’t a very far destination, it will be the last trip I take before the mini-me arrives. Trips are going to be very different from now on!
How did you spend your long weekend?
What was the last little getaway you took?