Snow on the mountain,
Water in the sky.
The ride is long and just as loud.
Why don't we just fly?
Jeff had originally allotted a bit more than five days to get to Whitehorse, but we realized yesterday we could probably make it in two. We hoped today would be the longer of those two days so we could check in early enough tomorrow to enjoy the campground.
There really isn't a lot to say, since it was just a long drive. I was very tempted to call this page, "Look, it's a . . ." The answers would have been tree, ditch, sign, clump of dirt, and many things other than animal. Thankfully, we also saw the real thing. In the morning, it was still common things to home--red-tailed hawks, a bald eagle, a couple geese, pigs, sheep and four horses playing follow the leader. We didn't get pictures of any of them, but the excitement was yet to come. In late afternoon, we saw a black bear, and then a moose and an elk and another bear and then another. Woo-hoo!
We saw plenty of snow, including not insignificant amounts on the ground. It rained
Ancient Fishes being Hunted
It's not a dinosaur going after them, but something more related to modern lizards and snakes.
frequently and was cloudy for much of the day. We saw our first major construction project, our first chunk of not pleasant road and by evening, hardly any other vehicles at all.
We did two touristy things today. The first was the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, AB. I saw the mention in the atlas, but wasn't planning to stop until we saw it as we drove past. The boys love dinosaurs, and it was nice to get out of the vehicle. It is a recently opened building with a lot of cool technology. One spot involved pointing a monitor at a skeleton, which opened a video representation of the creature flying. There were also video screens that showed a variety of dinosaurs in motion. There was a section on eggs, another on underwater eras, and drilling in Alberta. Liam's favorite was Gorgosaurus libratus. It's subtitle was well-balance terrible lizard. My favorite appeared to be in great danger of being eaten by Tylosaurus pembinensis. I know I've seen their fossils in other museums, but I don't remember what they are.
We also stopped briefly in Dawson Creek at the official beginning of the Alaska Highway. We
toured the Alaska Highway House last time through, so didn't really do much other than take a few photos.
I listed the favorite sign we saw today below, but my other favorite was the signs saying "Alaska ---->". It suggests that's is so close, not 1000 miles away!
Miles Driven: 713
High Temperature: 69, Fort St John, British Columbia
Low Temperature: 39, along the Tetsa River, British Columbia
Geocaches Found: 1
Creatures Seen: Bears, moose, elk, bald eagle, red-tailed hawks, sheep, pigs, horses playing follow the leader
Approximate Yards Knit: 232
Conversation of the Day:
K: L, I have a deal for you.
K: After I finish edging this blanket, I'll work on your socks as long as you're good.
L: I'm going to be good all day.
K: You could be good for the rest of your life.
L: (with a smile) I'll try.
We forgot Ziploc bags.
We learned that Canada, with the world's 3rd largest reserves of natural gas, have only an estimated 100 years' worth left. Perhaps the world's governments should focus more on renewable resources? We also learned that Buckinghorse River,
BC got 10 inches of snow the night before.
Unique License Plates Seen: Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alaska
Favorite Sign: All those who do not want a speeding ticket, raise your right foot.
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