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July 29 Mt. Revelstoke

After a day at Glacier National Park, I was eager to drive the “Meadows in the Sky” Parkway. This is the name of the road up Mt. Revelstoke in Revelstoke National Park (Revelstoke is a very fun word to stay. It makes me want to revel! And give me a fire so I can stoke it! ) . In some stroke (stoke) of good fortune, our National Park admission from the previous day was good until 4:00 PM the following day. We entered , started the 20 something kilometer drive, and pulled over to check out this view of Revelstoke and the Columbia River:

view

You are required to park your car 1 kilometer from the top (When in Canada, I try to embrace the Metric System. It is hard. Very hard.), and there is a shuttle to take you to the top. On top, there are a network of short trails and some longer hikes. We wandered around the shorter trails, looking at wildflowers and according to my husband, admiring the National Bird of Canada (The Mosquito). The Ranger who drove the shuttle (the same cheerful guy who warned us about the Mama Grizzly), positively explained that the mosquitos pollinate the wildflowers. I was thankful I had brought the mosquito repellent. Simply on the premise that I would be highly irritated if we needed some and it was back in the Airstream. And need it we did. We had many sightings of the National Bird of Canada, and I got to share with others (even the cheerful Rnager asked for a squirt). The highlight of Mt. Revelstoke was the wildflowers in bloom.

flowers

We were surrounded by Mountains. There were mountains in any direction that you looked. In Canada, there are so many mountains, that a group of them visible from the Fire Lookout was designated “The Unnamed Peaks.” Might I propose the following names: Anonymous, Jane Doe, John Doe, TBD, and Unknown.

Glacier and Mt. Revelstoke are smaller National Parks that must live in the shadows of Banff and Lake Louise. I found these parks to be under-appreciated jewels. This was good luck for us. Neither was crowded. We saw about 8 people on our hike at Glacier National Park.  Mt. Revelstoke was busier and more easily accessible. Our shuttle van to the top was full, but I wouldn’t describe it as crowded. I also appreciated the fact that there were no gift shops or things for sale. This is much different than that National Parks I have visited in the USA, where there are gift shops everywhere.  Though I really wanted a sticker for our Airstream.

posted by stacy traylor in Camping Trips,Hikes,Uncategorized and have Comment (1)

One Response to “July 29 Mt. Revelstoke”

  1. Oscar the Grouch says:

    By george, Those must be lumpines. I have heard lupines are from the same family as blue bonnets.

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