Date: September 17, 2010
Tonight’s Location: Edmonton, AB
Mileage: End - 54689
Start - 54322
Total Miles for the day: 358
Weather: Cold and sunny
Temperature: start 19º
Wildlife count: coyotes – several, Canadian geese, deer
A very cold start to this morning – we stayed warm throughout the night, even though John realized at 6am that the propane needed to be shifted to the other tank. He had looked last night, and we were just entering the red zone. Had Cream-of-Wheat to warm our stomachs before we left and lit out into the frosty morning.
Drove through rolling hills, farmland, crossed a few streams and finally got to Edmonton (on the outskirts) around 3:30 pm. Greater Edmonton has a population of over a million, but none of the maps showed the greater area, and road decisions had to be made over 50 km out of the city. We made it, but it was exciting. We are in the Glowing Embers campground – huge and lovely.
The highway was 4 lane most of the way from Dawson Creek, and we soon became aware of traffic and noise. It is amazing how we now appreciate the ‘wildness’ of Alaska and the lack of people or traffic anywhere. I guess we will just have to go back! (We love the solitude at the top of our hill in Kimberling City as well.)
After a quick shower, we decided to trek further into the city and found the West Edmonton Mall, the largest mall in the world, bigger than Mall of America. It has an amusement park, water park, marine life park, deep sea derby, billiards, bowling, and an ice palace, along with over 800 shops, and 100 restaurants. We went in and found the Old Spaghetti Factory, which is just like the one in St. Louis – décor, menu, all the same. It was delightful. Then we walked part of the mall – far enough to get to the ice palace, to watch the 3 & 4 year olds having their lessons on ice. What a hoot! Those little kids scampered around on those skates, falling continually, but getting back up and gliding around again. It was such fun to watch them.
Found my last thumb drive of the trip – I hope (to store pictures as a back-up), and filled the propane, the truck and the ice chest. Now we are ready to journey south tomorrow morning towards Montana.