Grand Rapids, MN to Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
Trip End Jul 21, 2008

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Friday, July 4, 2008

July 3, 2008- Day 2

Grand Rapids, MN to Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Well, Eastern Daylight savings time has got me in its clutches. I woke up at 6:30 ready for work bearing in mind I and in CDT was up exceptionally early. Despite trying not to wake anyone else up, I failed and still ended up get rushed out the door to hit the pavement off and running. It was an obscenely long day as far as just, well, long. We did, for the most part driving today not even exactly sure the exact distance today but we have been on the road for upwards of 14 hours.

The exact color of my mothers hair has yet to be determined by myself. She has often referred to herself as the strawberry blond. Well, it might strawberry in color, but she certainly acted blond on a few moments today. My first bit of logic is that you DON'T joke around with people in customs. You just DON'T. When asked where were we from, where we are going, showed them our passports, if we were bringing any alcohol, tobacco or firearms into Canada, the answer was no, then he asks are there any weapons to declare, well of course not, we don't carry weapons. But what does my mother say, nope the only weapon I have is this plastic knife. UGH! Was she really wanting to get the van disassembled and searched.

The van suffered its first injury of the trip, thank god it was the van and not me, construction is going on (as usual for summer weather) and a semi threw a rock right at the windshield. Well, in 2005 we inherited a window chip that never got repaired, ha, this ones going to have to. A nice chip the size of a golf ball right in front of the driver. Not cool, although seeing mom duck as it came flying at the van was pretty funny.

So obviously we are still cracking jokes at each others expense, its at least a good way to kill time. Geocaching has been going, to say the least, interesting. Manitoba should be referred to as the land of a thousand mosquito's. I think i may actually be one large hive by the end of the night. We have found eight and are trying to convince mom that "eight is enough". She just doesn't know when to stop on that part of the trip, she is an addict in her own form, especially when it comes to geocaching. But anyway, we did seriously end up taking a hike on the wild side, and thank god the knee brace was on or I would have been flat on my face, stepped right in a ditch I couldn't see it because the weeds were so high, and when I stepped I just lurched. And well, if itching from mosquito's isn't bad enough try itching from that and tall weeds and grass brushing against your legs on a hot day. All in all not a bad day, as the saying has gone in the past with the wording changed slightly, "a bad day on vacation is better than a good day at work", any day.

Tomorrow, we should finish the route through Saskatchewan and hit Edmonton, Alberta for the 4th of July and be sitting in the Rocky Mountains. I can't wait til we hit the ocean though. But, all in all, everything that happens on the way there, will make it that much more worth it when I am sitting on the boat for 5 full days, watching whales and other marine wildlife
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