Calista and Craig were enthusiastic about setting up the tent.
After we got the tent set up, we made dinner and then explored the campground a bit. There was a nice little path along the Athabasca river and the kids enjoyed throwing rocks in the water.
There was a fire ban for the entire park, so no s'mores for us. Instead we ate Chips Ahoy and Kyler told ghost stories, at the kiddos' request. He told stories about tiger ghosts, ghosts that gave away bags of candy, flamingo ghosts, dinosaur pirate ghosts... Calista and Craig were cracking up late into the night.
Well, mostly. Caleb woke me up a few times in the night, but was quiet enough he didn't wake anyone else and was content to snuggle next to me and nurse, and then fall asleep again.
The next morning, everyone was a little chilly and a little sleepy.
And we took down our tent and headed on the rest of our journey, down a portion of the Icefields Parkway.
First stop was Athabasca Falls. It was phenomenal.
Next up, we stopped at a viewpoint by a natural salt lick that mountain goats like to hang out near with a pretty view point.
Then it was another falls, Sunwapta.
Then we stopped at an awesome viewpoint for the Stutfield Glacier. Craig refused to get out of the car, but Calista was excited to see it.
Shortly after our first glacier photo-op, we had a picnic lunch and then hiked Toe of the Glacier. Yet again, there were numerous signs imploring us to stay on the path - kids especially have fallen into the crevices, and the last several rescue attempts have been unsuccessful. And yet again, we stayed on the path and were safe. Craig got tired partway up and since Kyler is nicer than I, he carried him while Caleb was in the carrier. What a man!
Finally, it was driving home, with a stop for dinner along the way.