Sunday, 4 July 2010

4 Day break between tree planting contracts


Me and the boys headed to Jasper for the short 3 day break between contracts and moving camps to Alberta. We left shortly after cleaning up camp at Tachick camping grounds near Vanderhoof where our base camp was for a few shifts. The road trip towards Jasper in Cole’s car was pretty cramped as we had quite a lot of gear but the views we got on the way into and through the Rockies were pretty spectacular especially passing by Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in BC.

We stopped off for a short hike through an ancient forest with some humungous trees apparently 2000 years old for an hour or so to stretch our legs and get some air (Cole’s car doesn’t smell great at the best of times but with four sweaty tree planters inside… you get the idea). Anyways it was a nice little break in the road trip.

We arrived at the tourist office in Jasper looking for a trek we could do nearby to get to a peak of a mountain and get a nice panoramic view, unfortunately the woman helping us told us there was a late start to the spring and a lot of the routes were inaccessible because of snow, this was a little disappointing as we really wanted to do a hike as the camping is cheap.

We went in search of some accommodation but the cheapest we could find was a nearby hotel for $80 a night for 2 people (so, f’ing expensive) but we managed to squeeze the four of us in the shoebox of a room that had a shared bathroom down the hall.

We went on a night out drinking in the evening going to a place that brewed their own beers, it again was a little pricy but the beers were very tasty and brewed in the area.

Jasper is a small touristy town with only 5000 permanent residents and I should have expected the prices to be steep but just not that steep, and although I have been making very good money planting, I am just wanting to make my money last as long as it can when im traveling to and around my next destination.

The night out was good fun, we went to several bars meeting with some randoms and also played a bit of pool.

During the course of the evening the boys and I agreed on hiking up to the 22km + trail to Mount Robson the following day from the base 1 hours drive from Jasper.

Mount Robson
Ancient Tree 2000yo

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