7:30 am (Now on Mountain time) Awake, dressed and having eaten a surprisingly good breakfast given the quality of the rest of the hotel.
7:40 am Went to get a Super Big Gulp at the 7-eleven in town. On the fountain for the Mountain Dew it said “A caffeine free product”. WTF????
8:00 am Viewed the biggest Easter Egg in the World. Quite the way to start the morning.
8:30 am Our first moose sighting. Poor thing looked like it was freaking-out trying to get back onto the other side of the National Park fence. I could totally sympathize with it at this point
9:30 am Get to Edmonton. First really large city that we have seen this trip. Takes about 45 minutes to get through.
10:30 am Still flat, but there are a lot more trees. We have finally turned more Northern.
11:15 am Trees and hay bales. Hay bales and trees. Yet my father still manages to find things that he finds so interesting to stare at that he nearly drives off of the road.
Soundtrack for today so far: “Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos, “Elevation” (we are finally getting some!) by U2, as well as a bunch of stuff that made mom purse her lips at me…
12:30 pm Lunch at an awesome rest stop outside of (I think) Valleyview, Alberta. Had a nice picnic area as well as a cute gift shop in it. Saw an RV towing a car with Florida plates on them. Damn. First bear-proof garbage can. Think I am going to take a nap for a few hours as I didn’t sleep well last night.
2:30 pm Nap is abruptly over as I am unceremoniously dumped on the floor of the backseat. In Grande Prairie with traffic. Not sure that it should be called Grande Prairie rather “Grande Shopping” as that is what it seemed to mostly be composed of.
Soundtrack since awakening: “Northern Lad” (seems appropriate for the area) and “Taula (Tornado Mix) by Tori Amos , “Club Thing” by Yoav, “Bubble Toes” by Jack Johnson (It always make me waggle my toes), and the Lime and Violet podcast.
2:45pm Have seen lots and lots of farmed Elk here. Almost more farmed Elk than cattle. I think I need an elk burger for dinner.
3:45 pm Pacific Time At our hotel in Dawson Creek which is mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. Had a scotch and a bath. Life is good.
Travel Knitting: Finished Dishcloth the 3rd. I know, boring.