|On our way up...Hello Puppy!|
What do you see? Comment below.
|The view when coming up to|
the visitor's center.
For as long as the Hubster and I have been together we have enjoyed visiting National Parks. We've continued visiting them after both kiddos came along. Most of the time we stick to a budget so it is important that we really get a bang for our buck when we pay. I can tell you wholeheartedly that this park was worth it! Since we were not doing the specialized activites we were able to enter with a pass for adults at $8 each (Canadian vs. $6.16 U.S.). Children under 17 are allowed in for free. This enabled us to take advantage of the trails and river access. To save yourself some money I suggest bringing lunch/dinner/snack with you. There are lots of picnic tables available to use. The best ones that worked visually for us were the ones on the bridge that lead to the trail we hiked. Oh, and going on an off day will allow you to feel as if the trail belongs only to YOU!
|Signs of life were all around!|
|Water, mountains, and trees...|
|Headed back down with kiddos. |
Picture courtesy of Hubster.
|With beams of light I am|
|The rush of water cascading down...|
Now...about the bugs!!! If there was any downside to the trail it was the bugs. The gnats, mesquitoes, and flies were an issue. On the trail they were in abundance. Going into our ears, nose, (with multiple attempts) our mouths. If you do not like bugs consider taking precautions like bug spray, a net hat, or dryer sheets (rub them on exposed areas and keep in pockets...for mesquitoes especially). You will be glad you did.
One option you might consider (especially if you have someone who cannot hike) is driving around then across the river (there is a bridge to do so. A small road on the rivier side of the center allows you to do so. We drove it and witnessed a river so still that it looked like a lake. Tried to get out and hike further down but decided to run back to the car when the swarms of bugs surrounded us! Once we were in the car they hovered around....it was hilariously similar to the bug equivalent of the 'Birds' movie!
|Something was DEFINITELY|
wrong with him!
|The preview to the sunset's |
We then went back to the center and picked up ice creams for the kids. Check out the picture of a malformed Sponge Bob! He ended up falling off right away because he was lopsided. The Hubster went back in, and they replaced it without question.
As we drove home we ended up receiving a speacial treat. The sunset was like one I have only seen in someone else's photos or in a movie. It looked as if the sky was on fire. The red and orange (with small areas of pinkand purple) were awe inspiring....and of course...I share them with you!
|Got brighter and brighter...|
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|At last....at full glory!|