We snuck out to Jasper National Park this weekend for our first camping trip of the summer. Although it was the beginning of May in the mountains, we couldn’t have asked for better weather!
We didn’t manage to go skiing there (or anywhere for that matter) this winter, so we were overdue for a visit.
Harold goes seriously snaky when we get to Jasper! He sticks his head out the window or gets as close to the window as he can so he can spot wildlife and smell the mountain air.
We saw tons of wildlife as soon as we entered the park and all weekend long!
After dinner and a walk, I was exhausted and ready for bed. I think Thursday’s bike and Friday’s work really did me in!
We woke up on Saturday with the plan of combining a trail run and hike. We didn’t know how long Harold would last on the run, so we took along his Croozer.
We needed wider trails without too many roots and rocks so ran behind the town of Jasper, up to Patricia and Pyramid Lakes on the bike trails.
I forget how much I adore the trails, and especially running on them. You’re surrounded by nature, the surface is soft, and the run is always a challenge.
We ended up running for just over 10 miles. Harold was a champ and ran for probably nine of the 10! Kelly was also a champ for pushing the Croozer most of the way!
Harold runs better if he’s chasing me, so this is what we look like…a little crazy but at least we’re out there!
Some people definitely do a double take when they realize there is no child in the stroller.
We stopped for some snacks at Pyramid Lake, continued on for a little, then turned to make the trek back to town.
On the way back, I tripped on something and fell. Hard. It involved a somersault/roll, about nine feet from fall to landing, and a prickly bush. Kelly thought I seriously hurt myself, Harold pounced to make sure I was ok, and I laugh/cried about my klutziness.
Thankfully, I was completely ok. (Just a little embarrassed!)
Once we got back to Jasper, we did our typical loop before heading back to camp and roasting veggie dogs over the fire. Ahhh…camp food!
We capped off our ideal day with another little hike to the river.
We call this place Harold Beach since we come almost every time we’re in Jasper. It’s usually pretty secluded, and Harold loves running on the sand and lapping up the river water.
It was interesting to see how dry the river is since there hasn’t been much spring run-off. In a few weeks/months, this river will be raging!
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend. Although we didn’t train as much as we should have, it was so good for the soul to get out there!
I can’t wait for more mountain trips this summer.
Do you camp? What’s your favourite campfire food?