Last full day in the national parks. It was mostly a driving day, as I was staying in Jasper overnight so that I can catch the train there the day after. Getting to drive the full length of the Icefields Parkway in a day is actually quite an enjoyable trip.
Driving aside, it's a light day with just one planned stop at Castle Mountain, a short hike.
The End... Until Next Time
And so that's it for the hikes and photos. The trip itself wasn't quite over yet since I still had a night in Jasper followed by a three day train ride to get back to Toronto, but that's all winding down time (in some ways the "real" vacation).
The train ride back was a time of reflection on what was really a successful trip. I did all the things I wanted to do and inspired myself with things that I didn't even know I would like this much. It's hard to ask for much more out of a vacation.
The journey back itself was also memorable because I met a family - a mother and her two young sons - who was also traveling by train to Toronto. After almost two weeks of little interaction with other people, I guess I was actually not meeting my quota for social interaction! In all seriousness it was really fun to chat with them. With lots of time available and over the luxuries of first-class travel - which included gourmet meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner - it was a wonderful way to wrap up this journey.
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