The day of arrival. The train began entering the Rockies in the early afternoon and arrived in Jasper by late afternoon. And so the next phase of my trip would begin.
So the train arrived in Jasper. I remember thinking "here I go", holding my breath in anticipation as I stepped off the train. Everything was basically provided for on the train, and while I was certainly not in the middle of nowhere, I was more alone at this time than at any point of the trip so far.
But I had thought about this ahead of time and had a plan for the things that I needed to do when I got off. After getting my bearings, I picked up my rental car, which as you can see above was a particularly "stylish" vehicle.
As you may imagine, I was quite excited to get going, but I ran into a surprise when getting my car. To my embarassment and panic, my credit card wouldn't go through. I don't recall all of the details now, but I had to call the credit card issuer and get my credit limit increased to make things work. The whole ordeal was not quite the start I envisioned. Nevertheless, I made it past that and was on my way to my first trailhead nearby - Angel Glacier.
First night in Jasper
This is what I told myself at the end of the day: I survived my first (half) day! Things had pretty much gone according to plan so far, which provided a boost of confidence. I found some food, toured a bit of the town and settled down to rest for a full day tomorrow.