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North America » Canada » Alberta » Edmonton May 21st 2008

Pitter-Patter, Pitter-Patter. Sounds of raindrops overhead. It rained steadily overnight and with the hatch closed we noticed a pool of water on the boot that attaches the tent to the van. When Dave opened the hatch the water dispersed nicely. Rainy day. Our first full day of rain on our trip. Oh well, into every life a little rain must fall, and today it is our turn. We noticed oil pumps everywhere in Canada. They are in farmers fields and beside streams. Canada is oil self-sufficient as I am sure my friend, Marilyn from PEI knows. They do not import any oil. The pumps are not an eyesore, nor do they appear to be hurting the environment. The US could take a lesson from the Canadians and start becoming less dependent on foreign oil by drilling ... read more
Rainy Day Drive
Carolyn and Dave at Mall
Wave Pool

North America » Canada » Saskatchewan May 20th 2008

After packing up and taking our morning walk, we headed for the Canadian border. We have traveled just over 2000 miles since we started our trip. We crossed in Portage, Saskatchewan. We had no difficulties crossing the border and registering our shot gun. We learned that with the exchange fee, our US Dollar is worth 97 cents. We also learned we are in Mountain Time and we gained another hour. ( I wonder where the mountains are?) Crossing the border did not change the landscape, we are still in the prairies. We are really need to start seeing something different then flat fields and mostly treeless plains. Here comes the fun part, centigrade, kilometers, liters, etc. This should be challenging for the next week. I freak every time a see a sign that shows how far ... read more
Another moose for Jess
Flat, flat everywhere
Herd of Deer along Highway

North America » United States » North Dakota » Minot May 19th 2008

Quietness. Upon the dawn, the chirping of birds. How pleasant it is here on Sauk Lake. The geese and ducks wander nearby as we prepare to start our day. A long, hot shower on a cool spring morning, a bowl of oatmeal with raisins, toast with crunchy peanut butter, it doesn‘t get any better than this. The nights have been in the forties, but our van has stayed in the fifties at night, very comfortable sleeping temperature. Continuing on Route 94 we are traveling along prairies. Passing a pond on the side of the road, we spot what looks like white pelicans. Ken, are there pelicans this far north? Before long we left Minnesota and entered the state of North Dakota for the first time for both of us. This is a big deal for me ... read more
Canadian Geese along waters edge
North Dakota
Dust Storm


A very wet night gave way to a beautiful, clear blue sky, morning. The wet tent was packed away after breakfast and after our morning walk we headed west on Route 12 toward Chicago. Just outside the park was a beautiful doe, standing in the middle of the road. By the time I got my camera, she was gone. Back on Route 90 we drove through Chicago. It was Dave’s first time in the city. He was really impressed with the highway system that took us through the city and the great condition of the highway. In 35 years of driving through major cities in the East, he has never seen such a smooth interstate that rolled through a city. Well done Chicago! Oprah’s taxes are being well spent. Chicago’s skyline in beautiful. I have been ... read more
Chicago Skyline
Home of the White Sox
A Moose Picture for Jess

North America » United States » Indiana May 17th 2008

Cool morning, beautiful sunrise. What a great way to wake up and face the new day. Showers, breakfast, a morning walk and we are off on the second day of our great adventure. Leaving Lake Erie State Park behind us, we passed through “wine country” Dave thought, as we drove along the Erie shores and noticed lots of grape vines growing on trellises. Once on Route 90 we headed west for a lunch date with two wonderful people, Ken and Janice. Ken and Janice are full-time RV’ers who happen to be staying in Oregon, Ohio doing some bird watching. When they heard we were coming through Ohio they waited an extra three days, so we could meet up with them for lunch. We met them at Bob Evans and had a great lunch and great conversation. ... read more
Cloudy Cleveland
Field ready for planting
Beautiful Farmland in Ohio

North America » United States » New York » Buffalo May 16th 2008

The start of a new trip is always exciting, usually coupled with a little anxiety. Where will this adventure take us and what experiences will we have in the next two months as we trek up to Alaska? Adventure is good for the soul and keeps life interesting. What does the future hold? I guess we will find out one day at a time. This is the first of those days. We started our first day by getting up at 4:00 am. We walked a mile and then went to Dave’s Diner in Middleboro, MA for a farewell breakfast with our favorite waitress, Jo. We were on the road by 6:00 am, heading northwest. This is the general direction in which we will be traveling for the next 3 weeks. We have a date this afternoon ... read more
Dave and Carolyn in North Tonawanda
Ellen and Dave
Carolyn and Dave at Lake Erie State Park

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Raynham April 19th 2008

Hi Friends and Family, Dave and I are heading out again. This time we are driving to Alaska, leaving Raynham on May 16. We are really excited about our 2-month trip to the "Last Frontier". We will be driving through Buffalo, Chicago and on up into North Dakota before crossing into Canada. We are leaving the fifth-wheel at home and taking the van once again. For this trip though, we have bought a tent that attaches to the back of the van and becomes part of it. Instead of sitting in the van at night to watch movies, we will be in our spacious 10X10 tent. We will travel out the northern route through Regina, Edmonton, Dawson Creek, Watson Lake, Dawson City and hopefully through "Top of the World Highway" and into Chicken, Alaska. We need ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Raynham September 24th 2007

Dave and I left Maryland around 8:30 am. We drove over the the Delaware Memorial Bridge, into Pennsylvania, up the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, into New York and over the Tapanzee Bridge. We then went through Connecticut, into Rhode Island, and finally into Massachusetts. We drove over the Braga Bridge in Fall River, up Route 24 and onto Route 44 and then we arrived home at about 4:45 pm. It was great to be home. We were met by Jessica, Keith, Sammantha and Brooke. Jessie had cleaned our house for us and also cooked supper for us. What a GREAT daughter! Footnote: Dave went to the doctor's Tuesday morning and then went to the hospital for an ultrasound. They found a blood clot in his leg and admitted him to the hospital immediately. As ... read more
Welcome to New York
New York Skyline from Tapanzee Bridge
Welcome Home Weary Travelers

North America » United States » Maryland » Sykesville September 23rd 2007

We decided to stay at Michelle and Paul's house with our granddaughters, Rachel, Renee and Anna. It was a well deserved rest after the long days' drive yesterday. The girls kept us busy, on the swings and then taking a walk. It was great for me, it was the first time we saw TV in 6 weeks and I got to see the Patriots beat Buffalo in the football game. Go Pats! We went to a Japanese Hibachi Grill for supper and had a chef prepare our food in a grill at our table. There was a huge fire and the whole thing was very entertaining. It was our first experience with this type of cooking and we really enjoyed it. We even ate with chop sticks. ... read more
Grandpa with kids on swing
Grandpa Dave and Renee and Rachel
Renee Nicole

North America » United States » Maryland » Sykesville September 22nd 2007

We are getting spoiled with this hotel stuff. However, we have decided to head home because of Dave's leg. We don't want to take any chances and will have it checked as soon as possible. We decided to drive to my daughter, Michelle's house in Maryland - 665 miles away. It was a lot of driving, but we stopped every few hours so Dave could walk around a little. We left Lebanon, TN and arrived in Sykesville about 12 hours later. It was beautiful country here, green rolling hills and mountains on the horizons. We saw some jets flying into formations. Saw a lot of farm animals in the fields on the sides of the road. We went from TN to VA to WV and into MD. Just at dusk, we were passed by a group ... read more
Jets flying into formation
Virginia Welcome Sign
Hot Air Baloon




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