Alberta, Alberta..... Since she's been gone....

Trip Start May 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 31, 2014

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

After our very interesting drive from Watson Lake to Fort Nelson, the next bit to Dawson Creek was a bit like the Canadian version of the Karoo! It was miles and miles of grassy verges with forests on either side..Lots of the same....
One sign we saw that made me chuckle when we entered one little town said "Everyone who has ever had a speeding fine, raise your right foot now"

British Columbia's slogan is "Super Natural"/ Yukon's is "Larger than Life"/ Alberta 's is "freedom to create, spirit to achieve".
We arrived at Dawson Creek in a heat wave. Our campground was next to a big pool in a park and I think that everyone in Dawson Creek was swimming there. So we joined the mass of swimmers and then just observed... Something like good old South African game viewing!!The pool was cleverly designed - a big round circle starting shallow and then getting deeper towards the middle. Everyone was having a ball from babes- in- arms to old folk. Then at 8 pm a whistle was blown and everyone left...! It was a lovely evening for us as we sat outside and ate our supper. The weather has just been so poor that this was one of the few times that we were able to do that. We have a really nifty little gas cooker, and we just took it out and cooked sausages. Meat choices here are fairly limited. Tonight the weather is also good, and we (Andy mainly) are going to do bacon and eggs. My cooking is almost non-existent and totally unimaginative.
We are now in Grande Prairie. The short drive here today was through lots of agricultural land, with field upon field of bright yellow canola. Very organized looking farming, with good fences, well maintained farm houses and healthy looking stock. We saw herds of elk being farmed. So now we are in Alberta.... Another time change, to Mountain Time.... Have been driving myself crazy with Eric Clapton's .... Alberta, Alberta.... Going through my mind/ but I only know that line plus... Since she's been gone... So I gather he isn't singing about this Alberta....!
We are going to stay here for 2 nights as we have some things to do. We are changing the mattress and trying to sort things out in order to give ourselves a little more space.
We are battling to ship our vehicle to South America, specifically Brazil, as they are very sticky about vehicles coming in. Bruce is going to be joining Nani there (we will briefly meet at Cape Town Airport - he leaves as we get in). So we thought that it could make things easier for them to have a vehicle there, and then we pick it up from there. But it seems like it will be too difficult. So our plans will have to change slightly, and maybe we will drive through Mexico and then on from there... All undecided as yet. But we must get back to Salt Lake a few days before we leave as the car needs to be serviced, and we have a cracked windscreen to fix ( a stone on one of the detours for roadworks - we should probably sue!) Unfortunately Mick won't be there at that time, but we should be able to find our way around with Trish's help... She has an old friend staying at that time as well.

It's really comforting to have a bit of darkness back. Life in daylight all the time is really strange. I forgot to mention that when we were in Denali National Park the bus tour guide told us that what cyclists tend to do there is take the last bus of the day to the centre of the park (60miles), and then just cycle back to main camp through the night. Darkness just isn't a factor. And when we went to the Arctic Circle 4:00am just wasn't a problem. It felt like a reasonable morning departure.
On south tomorrow... Possibly Jasper....
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Di on

Nice surprise last week - Bruce was at a conference in the Resort and popped in to say hi. Looked pretty smart with long pant and all! Cheers

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