Stephen's Summer of 2005

A personal and experimental blog about my summer travels in 2005

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Location: Yellowknife, NWT, Canada

I live, work and play in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Thursday, July 28, 2005

We're Off

Finally summer vacation rolls around! Even thought i do tons of traveling in my job as a PSAC negotiator, Lynn and i head down the long road (+1500 km) from Yellowknife to Edmonton. The first week will be spent in Edmonton. After that Lynn hops on a flight to Ottawa to visit her parents in Hawkesbury. I, on the other hand, have no real plans except for a star party in Cypress Hills; just a collection of possibilities are before me...

Road conditions: road construction between Yellowknife and Rae-Edzo continues. The road is a lot straighter, but the speed limit is down to 15 km/hr is some places. As usual, the road from Rae-Edzo to Fort Providence had lots of wood buffalo on the highway. We saw one large herd with many calves, and perhaps eight solitary bulls, on the roadside. We stopped at Big River service centre for breakfast... the service has really gone down hill, so do yourself a favor and continue on to Enterprise.

We stopped at the magnificent Alexander Falls just north of the 60th Parallel for a rest break. These waterfalls are higher than Niagara, but the water is much browner, looks like frothy coffee spilling over the brim. Around 7 PM we roll into Peace River.