Jasper National Park in April – Pyramid Island – Pyramid Scheme

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Up near the end of Pyramid Lake Road, in Pyramid Lake with a fabulous view of Pyramid Mountain is a small island called Pyramid Island. Noticing a theme here yet?

You park in the small parking lot and walk across a wooden bridge and there you are, surrounded by mountain beauty.

Pyramid Scheme

As if in a dream

magical alpine island.

A Pyramid scheme.

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Jasper National Park in April – Pyramid Overlook Trail #Take 1

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H & L were back for another day of skiing at Marmot Basin, leaving Patty and I to our own devices. After a tasty breakfast at the Sunhouse Café, we set off to enjoy one of our favourite Jasper hikes up Trail 2b, Pyramid Overlook Trail. We were not going the whole way, just up to the rocky bench overlooking Patricia and Pyramid Lakes. A total of 4 km return.

Up a slippery slope

Slip sliding our way

up Pyramid Overlook.

Spectacular views.

The photos speak volumes……….

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Pyramid Lake and Mountain

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pine needles in the snow

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close-up of Pyramid Mountain

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snow skiff patterns on Pyramid Lake

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mountain view

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Pyramid Mountain

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Mountain Pine Beetle destruction

 

forest footnotes

 

lake views

 

Mountain Peaks

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the marsh below

 

the forest and Red Chairs

Everyone Deserves a Good Paddling – Jasper in August

In the good old days (there, I’ve said it), I would often take one or both boys out on the water in a paddle (pedal) boat or on a water trike. Given our size difference, I recall that a good part of the effort was mine, but we all had fun, especially when I let one of them drive us around in circles.

Imagine my surprise, when Brian expressed an interest in taking a paddle boat out on Pyramid Lake, which looks fairly calm in this photo from earlier in the day.

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So, it was that we headed to Pyramid Lake Resort in mid afternoon to fulfill this wish. All fitted out in life jackets…

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…we were off.

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The first thing I noticed is that I definitely had an equal, if not superior pedaling partner. Brian is an avid bicyclist and he was not long back from the Netherlands, where he cycled up to 100 km a day. His legs were meant for this machine. It turns out that I managed to hold my own, as well, once we both readjusted the seat position.

Not sure if we both decided this early on, but we headed for the bridge joining the mainland to Pyramid Island, a distance of just over a kilometer as the crow flies. But, we were not a crow and I am pretty sure my steering abilities did not make for the shortest route. Each time we passed a point of land, the waves got a bit bigger and the wind got a bit stronger. We arrived at the bridge in about 25 minutes and sat there relaxing for a bit. We started off slowly on the return trip at first and as we appeared to be trapped in the wave action, kept pedaling harder and harder, wondering if we would make it back. One could say, we did not know if we were coming or going.

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At long last we made it out of the flow and were off back to the dock, encountering even bigger waves along the way before passing the last point. A great day to be on the lake and a great workout.

4th Beach – Pyramid Lake – Jasper in August

On our way to lunch, we made a stop here for old times sake. We used to bring the boys here when they were younger to play in the sand and water. The play may have changed a bit, but they still tried their hand at rock rearranging. I kept waiting for the fateful splash of one of them falling in, but it never happened.

 

Nearby, an angler tried his hand and a Loon wondered what all the fuss was about.

 

Pyramid Overlook Hike – Jasper in August

Sunday dawned a bit clearer, so after coffee and breakfast, we headed off to Whistlers to help break camp. This completed, we were left what to do with our half day and agreed upon a hike up the Pyramid Overlook trail.

Pyramid Mountain was starting to show her face through the haze (feature photo) and there was only a slight smell of smoke as we arrived at the trailhead.

 

There were only a few mosquitoes about this early in the day, but we decided to spray our exposed skin with a non-DEET repellent and proceeded up the trail, which was a bit more of an incline that I recalled.

 

We paused for the requisite Red Chair pix and to admire the expanding view, before proceeding on.

 

Liam, our resident rock climber decided to gain some more elevation by climbing a tree.

 

it was a fine day. The birds that were absent during our June hike were out in full force, but still hidden from view. Mushrooms of every description were popping up along the trail.

 

The morning sun did not have much heat, but was adding a nice glow, unfettered by smoke.

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Wild \flowers and berries were in abundance, especially the Smooth Blue Asters.

 

Running short of time, we opted to head back down after about 1.5 kilometers.

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admiring these views, before driving on.

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Jasper – Pyramid Lake

This has been one of our favourite spots in Jasper and we have stayed at the Pyramid Lake Resort on numerous occasions with guests from Europe. Pyramid Lake and Mountain create the backdrop for the view from every room. The resort rents rowboats, canoes and bicycles.On this trip, we merely stopped for the photo op. The parking lot and roadway was mobbed with gawkers and rowers.

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