Travel Blogs from Fort McMurray, Canada

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The Final Days, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

The Final Days

A travel blog entry by worldwidenurse

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Well the time has come. I've resigned from my job, packed all my bags, sold my truck (which everybody knows was heart breaking) and ate a meal with everybody I know. Nothing left to do but.. PARTY. Last weekend I had three parties all different and all ...

Prologue, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Prologue

A travel blog entry by kally563

When I was three, my parents took me to Montreal to go Christmas shopping. We went to La Baie and got lost in the city's underground maze of stores. I don't know if it was my first time outside the country of my birth. If you asked my parents, they ...

Eastern Europe Plans, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Eastern Europe Plans

A travel blog entry by kally563

The story of this trip begins on a snowy, cold, and truly miserable day in Fredericton, New Brunswick last February. Fredericton is a lovely town, beautiful in the summer, but the outdoor life of a student coupled with two weeks of -20 something weather ...

Back to the Mac, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Back to the Mac

A travel blog entry by findingnine

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I have decided to return to Fort McMurray to work. Like many Albertans, like many Canadians in fact, I leave the comforts of home, friends, family and the familiar, to seek my income from the cold Alberta North oil industry. Why would anyone do this? It ...

Blue Light Special, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Blue Light Special

A travel blog entry by findingnine

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Thursday was fun. Last day of the shift. We hopped into the van and headed out to where we were working. Immediately we spotted the blue lights flashing. This means an H2S alert. This is deadly stuff, not to be messed with. We turned around and headed ...

F.I.O.F.O., Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

F.I.O.F.O.

A travel blog entry by findingnine

In construction it is a game of fit in or..... I have spent a lot of time and energy on the former. I have decided this week that it it not working. I have struggled to accomodate. Now...now I try the the later part of that phrase. I crazily suspect it ...

The Big Lebowski Hitchhiking Birthday Fantasy, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

The Big Lebowski Hitchhiking Birthday Fantasy

A travel blog entry by findingnine

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I hope that is good title for this. It certainly sounds better than the alternative, 'left behind'. Yesterday was my birthday and it could not have been more perfect. Well, perhaps that isn't so true. We showed up at work, but had to wait for hours in ...

I like Trees, Road to Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

I like Trees

A travel blog entry by findingnine

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... . I don't know what it is. Something about that hypnotic beat soothes and stimulates me on the long haul. The next hour to Fort McMurray was devoted to mellowing out with a Marley moment. More singing along ensued. I like to pretend I know the words. As ...

ho hum, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

ho hum

A travel blog entry by findingnine

My oh my, I have been lackadaisical about keeping this up. That is how it goes up here though...It is not too long before one day blends into the next. My Wonderful crew is still great and I wouldn't ask for any other, BUT.. how their humour has started ...

I have my passport and my credit card, let's go..., Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

I have my passport and my credit card, let's go...

A travel blog entry by vincethepince

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Alright, so after spending most of the night watching the Broncos get blown out, I am pretty much done packing. Follow along with our trip as Gina and I head out to the long lost continent of Madagascar.  I'll try to keep the blog up to date as ...

Dying to be here!, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Dying to be here!

A travel blog entry by findingnine

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I was going to make a note the other day about some math I have done. Simple math. I have been up at this job for seven weeks now. Coincidentally, there have been atleast 7 deaths that I know of (four on the highway). Until yesterday.... It seems at a ...

Meeting the boys, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Meeting the boys

A travel blog entry by findingnine

My crew at work is great. We are always laughing and joking. At one point today, my throat and stomach actually hurt from laughing so much. Now that kind of work related pain I can endure! I hope this keeps up. They are good spirited and the jouneymen ...

Home, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Home

A travel blog entry by vincethepince

... little bit of a shock to the system.  We were delayed by the snow in Toronto but luckily the held our flight from Edmonton to Fort Mac for us.  We look forward to seeing everyone again and sharing a few pictures with you. André & ...

Great Balls of Fire, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Great Balls of Fire

A travel blog entry by findingnine

The Flare stack is going Crazy! Seriously. We have had multiple evacuations. Some fireballs have made it to ground level and started fires, which were thankfully extinguished quickly. What's a little sulfer rain between co-workers? One crew actually ...

Getting ready and testing the blog, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Getting ready and testing the blog

A travel blog entry by frostyrunner

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As we pack our bags, check our lists and get things in order it is only a week before we leave.  This entry is to serve only as a test that this blog and the address book is working.  We hope to be able to do some entries once we leave on ...

Our new home Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Our new home Fort McMurray

A travel blog entry by allanamue

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... us up with his mate in the RV to take us down to Edmonton to buy a nice RV for us to park at Walmart here in Fort Mac. You little ripper, why don't we go buy ourselves a motor home! Yeeeahh, no. Another couple blokes, one from Columbia, the other Eastern ...

The crib, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

The crib

A travel blog entry by chris.zilla

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Went "downtown" today and it was a big trek to get to walmart, where I bought more things than I could have carried. Shoutout to my Jansport watchtower backpack for keepin' it real and carrying my stuff. ...

T-20 hours..., Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

T-20 hours...

A travel blog entry by peekerdee

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It's t-20 hours until we leave for Honduras. I should probably start packing.... Or I could do that later. I am so excited, words can not convey it. Excited to see my old friends in Honduras, excited to meet new ones, excited to see all the little ...

First cooked meal, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

First cooked meal

A travel blog entry by chris.zilla

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Cooked my first meal ever, and it's amazing. Thank you google for teaching me things I should have learned a long time ...

First (Real) Day of Work, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

First (Real) Day of Work

A travel blog entry by chris.zilla

Whoa I have my own desk and stuff! I'm working with two other students, one of whom is leaving in a month :( They are both super awesome and we really kick it off. Today I met a million different people, thank god for office door name tags! I managed to ...

Final day Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Final day Fort McMurray

A travel blog entry by gypsyntoad

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... to Fort McMurray, one sealed road that is. The Road King has excelled, two up, with luggage, 9141 km travelled, Fort McMurray, through Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, then Alberta and ...

Still at work, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Still at work

A travel blog entry by chaseandandria

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Still at work in Fort McMurray, just counting down the days.  The days are already getting noticeably shorter.  The days of 24 daylight are over.  The mornings are getting crisper.  Fall is definitely on it's way.  I think Chase ...

Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Fort McMurray

A travel blog entry by tornado88

10 day stint at ...

Homeward, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Homeward

A travel blog entry by frostyrunner

After a short night at the Sheraton hotel we were back to the airport and on our way arriving back in Fort McMurray around 1:00. A bit chillier in temperature here than in ...

Work for the Big Bad Oil Company, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Work for the Big Bad Oil Company

A travel blog entry by bploh

Working for those bad oil companies...that flew me on private jet to the oil ...

Holiday Trek, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Holiday Trek

A travel blog entry by justen

... . This is what happens when you all want different things than me, folks. Let's wise up, here. ;) On the bus to Fort McMurray right now. Since Saturday, I've been in Edmonton with friends and the latter half of my trip with be in Fort McMurray ...

Canada's Famous Oil Sands, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Canada's Famous Oil Sands

A travel blog entry by normandsharon

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... of Fort McMurray and 10 smaller communities from within the Improvement District No. 143. However, commonly mistaken as a city, Fort McMurray actually has the status of being the largest unincorporated city in Alberta.   With major industries being ...

Last Day at Home, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Last Day at Home

A travel blog entry by capeprimrose

It is a perfect day to be leaving. It is almost thirty below and it won't get much warmer from here on out. Jim is taking me to the airport and I have a one day layover in Vancouver. Most of which will be spent getting the last of my paper work in ...

Getting Ready, Fort Mcmurray, Canada travel blog

Getting Ready

A travel blog entry by capeprimrose

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Good Grief! Pat and I are getting ready and it is mental. He is learning to say "she is my mother" in six languages.  Me, on the other hand, has been glued to the Lonely Planet for two weeks. We are booked until August 15 but in fact we don't have ...

Plans and Preparations, Fort McMurray, Canada travel blog

Plans and Preparations

A travel blog entry by sarahjean

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... car, wandering through dinosaur remains, moving in with friends for 5 days (yes, that IS a record, folks!), and finally ending up in Fort McMurray, we realized that we would not be content (or at least-I- won't) until we've travel the world! The plane ...

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