It turns out that the dog is road trip rock star. I absolutely wasn’t sure how a four month old puppy would manage on a 18 hour road trip, but he was amazing. Sleeping or contentedly chewing on a bone, he only got squirmy when he had to make a roadside pit stop. And so, we got to Jasper National Park.
Loved Jasper. Loved it. Might have had something to do with the private cabins, walking paths along the lake, elk right outside our door, and the staff at the lodge that adored Odin to bits…even offered puppy-sitting so that we could have a family dinner together. The fact that we ended up at Jasper Park Lodge was a bit of a fluke. We usually book our road trip hotels at the last minute, but realized pretty quickly that booking “dog friendly” accomodations is a little bit trickier. Luckily, the Lodge had a cancellation, and fit us in for two nights. It was so lovely to snap on the leash and wander out the front door to the well manicured front lawn (courtesy of the elk, who act as resident lawn-mowers) and then follow the trail to the lake, stopping to admire the herd who were relaxing in the shade of the forest. Chadd and the girls had a paddle on the lake, during which Sonja admitted that tippy canoes are not really her forte!
We wished we could have stayed longer. The lodge was truly wonderful; fun and relaxing, but Banff and the Icefields Parkway were next on the trip agenda!