On the second stop of my cross-Canada trip, I found myself in the vast wilderness of Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. I swam in the frigid Fraser River, walked on the ancient Athabasca glacier, took a cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake, and spent many an hour reading Murakami in the backdrop of the snow-clad Rocky mountains. On a misty morning in Jasper, the title of the book I’ll pen someday, occurred to me. So I have to share with you, just what made me fall in love with Jasper.
1. In the lap of the Rockies, a quaint little town
Lakes and forests in its midst, snow on its crown.
Everyone knows everyone else, it’s true
But you’ll never have to walk too far for solitude.
The elk graze by the road, the moose stay close
You’ll hold your breath as the black bears pose.
Upon the lakes, the clouds descend
As though they are greetings the heavens send…
That on Maligne Lake when you take a cruise
Spirit Island shall become your muse.
And when the clouds finally rise
The Rockies they reveal, vast and white.
Even in summer, snow flakes adorn you
You may think it’s a painting someone drew.
When you set foot on the ancient glacial ice
You’re a small fish in the vast wild
When you sip glacial water so pure
No taste can refresh you more.
Vigorously through the mountains shall the water flow
Your own personal Nat Geo.
And by its edge when you dine,
You lose track of days and time.
Let the mist from the roads rise
To reveal this bit of paradise.
Have you fallen in love with Jasper yet?
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*Note: I was hosted in Jasper by the Canadian Tourism Commission and Jasper Tourism. You have the right to be jealous!