Bulldog Travel Log:
Reinschmiedts explore the Canadian wilds with MSU Alumni Association

  • DAY 1: Our group began the trip in Calgary, Canada, with a welcome dinner. Our bus made a windshield tour of Calgary and a brief stop at the 1988 Winter Olympic village before heading into the Canadian Rockies the next morning.

  • DAY 2: Glacier-fed Moraine Lake provided a stunning setting while in the lower elevations of the Canadian Rockies. It is considered one of the most photographed sites worldwide.

  • DAY 3: My wife, Myra, and I with fellow Bulldog Julian Watson, standing on the Columbia Icefield. It is the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains and crosses the Continental Divide. We learned that an icefield differs from a glacier in that an icefield is stationary, though this one is rapidly shrinking in size.

  • DAY 4: At the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge we enjoyed a view of its 700-acre grounds including a golf course and Lac Beauvert, which offers canoeing and a walking path around its perimeter.

  • DAY 4: A canoe rental on Jasper Park Lodge’s Lac Beauvert.

  • DAY 5: An Icefields Parkway roadside encounter with an adolescent grizzly bear eating berries.

  • DAY 6: An optional helicopter tour in Banff offered spectacular views of six mountain ranges surrounding the area.

  • DAY 7: Shortly after leaving Banff on the optional, scenic, two day Rocky Mountaineer train ride to Vancouver, we passed the Lake Louise train depot.

  • DAY 8: After leaving Kamloops en route to Vancouver, the Rocky Mountaineer Train enters a stretch of high plateau desert. The train tour was an optional two-day extension to the trip.

  • DAY 9: On the eve of departing for our return to Mississippi, Vancouver offered a spectacular sunset.


My wife, Myra, and I haven’t traveled a lot, at least not compared to some of our friends who seem to go somewhere every weekend. It wasn’t for a lack of want. We just hadn’t taken time in our semi-retirement to plan. But when I saw a trip to the Canadian Rockies among those offered through Mississippi State, it wasn’t something we could pass up: 10 days and nine nights traveling through stunning scenery visiting parks and luxury resorts.

It was a region we had always wanted to explore and booking the trip through Mississippi State’s Alumni Association took the guesswork out of everything. Orbridge, the agency that coordinated the expedition, handled all of the travel, lodging and even some activities once we reached our starting point in Calgary, Canada.

The trip included alumni from institutions across the country including the University of Arkansas, Notre Dame and one fellow Bulldog, Julian Watson from Madison. Some people worry about traveling with a group, but it actually provided some opportunities we wouldn’t have had on our own. We were able to tour the Columbia Icefield with very little wait. That could have easily been a whole day’s ordeal if we had been on our own—if we even would have found it. And we stayed at some of the most popular resorts in the region, including some that fellow travelers had been trying, and failing, to get reservations at for years.

Some people enjoy all of the research and coordination that go into planning a trip on their own but for us, it was nice to have someone else do it. We still had the freedom to pick our activities or do dinner on our own. It would be a great way for a group of alumni to get together. And as for Myra and me, we’ve already looked at the next round of trips and plan to join an upcoming excursion to see the wolves of Yellowstone National Park in February.

Lynn L. Reinschmiedt is a retired associate dean and professor emeritus in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Mississippi State. He spent 38 years at the university, most recently serving as interim executive director of the Center for Distance Education.

Story and photos by Lynn L. Reinschmiedt

The MSU Alumni Association annually sponsors several trips across the globe through the Traveling Bulldogs program. The schedule below outlines trips for 2017 available for booking.

Cruise the Mystique of the
Maya – Crystal Serenity

Jan. 11-22, 2017

The Wolves of Yellowstone
Feb. 7-13, 2017

Legends of the Nile
(Small group, 28 passengers)
March 7-18, 2017

The Masters
April 5-8, 2017

WWI History by River Ship
April 15-24, 2017

Passage of Lewis and Clark
May 7-15, 2017

May 10-18, 2017

Food and Wine: France through Burgundy & Champagne
May 19-June 1, 2017

European Collage
May 27-June 4, 2017

Great Journey through Europe
June 15-25, 2017

Food and Wine: San Francisco and California Wine Country
June 30-July 5, 2017

Alaska by Small Ship
July 7-14, 2017

Glacial Adventures of Alaska
July 28–Aug. 7, 2017

Scotland featuring the
Military Tattoo

Aug. 23-31, 2017

Capitals & Coastlines of Canada and New England
Sept. 20-30, 2017

Medieval Masterpiece
Nov. 5-14, 2017

Explore the Alumni Association website for more information at alumni.msstate.edu/travel.