Thursday, August 14, 2014

Edmonton - Winnipeg - Lower 48

From Edmonton we needed to decide if we would travel the shortest route back to the lower 48, straight south to Montana, or go through Winnipeg.  Going through Montana added 325 miles to the trip to WashPA, an extra day of driving.  Going through Winnipeg made the trip shorter, but it meant more miles in Canada and one last topping off with more expensive Canadian fuel.  By going through Winnipeg we would also get to see friends, so that option won out.  What's a few more dollars for fuel after a summer of high prices, right?  It was another three day's drive covering the 850 miles to Winnipeg.  On day one we stayed at Wally World in Saskatoon and the second night we found a free community RV park in Russell, Manitoba. These free stops helped ease the pain of the higher fuel costs.
Just outside of Edmonton we saw a few buffalo at Elk Island National Park.  Maybe our last look at big animals along the road.
We drove many miles with rain and threatening weather.  Check it out, they even cut and bale the grass in the median.
The fields were alive with the color of the canola plants in bloom.
We lost track of how many grain elevators we saw.  You can tell when you were approaching a town when an elevator comes into view.
There were thousands of ducks that were enjoying all the water from the record rainfall.  The water was very close to the highway in several places.
More roadside oddities that welcomed us to many small towns.  The bicycle is the world's longest.
There is a large Eastern European population in the prairie.  This old Orthodox church reminded us of ones we had seen in Alaska.  
When traveling in farm country you never know what you will encounter on the road.
While there are no soaring mountains the plains have there own unique beauty.
We met Gary and Anita at Betty's in 2008 and have seen them a few times since on our travels.  We only got to spend a couple of days with them as we were on a mission to get back to WashPA.  We had a fun time as they showed us around Winnipeg.
We went to the Forks, an area along the river with shops, restaurants, and walking trails.  The water taxi was operating even with the high water.
A neat display of several sculptures with each pointing to a different constellations or other celestial event like the equinox and solstice.  Stories about each were carved into the stone. 
When we were here two years ago the new Human Rights Museum was under construction.  The exterior is now complete and it will be opening next month.  Something to add to our to do list for another visit.
We got together for a toddy with Gary and Anita, and Marcel and Sonya, who we met in Alaska and who also live in Winnipeg.  We had a fun time getting caught up with all our travel adventures.  As we say many times, making and seeing friends along the way is the best part of the fulltiming lifestyle.
Back to the lower 48.  87 days after crossing into Canada from Montana we crossed into North Dakota and are still 1350 miles from WashPA.  Unfortunately, they confiscated many of our veggies, even the cherry tomatoes that Gary and Anita gave us that day fresh off the vine.  Such a pity, we were soooo looking forward to those:-(   On the bright side, all in all it was a fantastic experience and we are looking forward to spending time with family and friends before heading off on our next adventure.

1 comment:

Richard Martin said...

Really enjoyed your blog to Alaska this summer. Thanks for the great info. Richard