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Jul 12, 2018 - Pie & Ice Cream

A busy day today. Went to the office to catch up on mail this morning. Called the park in Fort Smith to book sites for tomorrow. We will probably stay in FT Smith until Monday. I wonder who it is named after? I didn't have any ancestors up this way I am sure. I will have to research it and see. Checked out the MH & car for the trip to Fort Smith tomorrow. We are not sure what the road is like as we have heard different stories. Had bacon & eggs for lunch today. Barb, Glenn, Margret and I went to the wharf in the afternoon. Watched the...

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Jul 11, 2018 - Another day in the North

It is another hot day, +30c again. We are in another NWT Park. These parks are a good deal. All have power hookups. Washrooms and showers. They are all the same $29 a night except at Yellowknife where they are $32. These are government parks. Much better deal than provincial parks in Alberta that became very expensive after 'privatization'. I find camping in Alberta very, very expensive over all. We drove into Hay River today to run a few errands. Also drove around the town. It is bigger than I had expected. We went to the car wash and...

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Jul 10, 2018 - On the Way to Hay River

We were up early and on our way by 8:30. We left early knowing the first 100kms would be slow going because of the frost heaves. It was a very hot +32C. We stopped at the turn outs quite often to stretch our legs. At one stop a bulldog flew by. It even left a shadow on the ground, scary. What's a bulldog you may ask? That's what they call horseflies around here! They come big.. Stopped at Fort Providence to look at some historical mission, then went for lunch at the Snowshow Inn restaurant. Finally arrived at the Hay River campground. We...

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Jul 8, 2016 - Day 12 Hay River.

Day 12. Hay River Territorial Park. Into town to the Visitor Center and grocery. At VC they recommended not driving after dark cause the bison are hard to see. And don't annoy them as they are mean and fast. Walked around park again and along boardwalk by the beach. Lots of large pieces of driftwood... Wouldn't want to swim there. Grocery was exceptionally nice. They have places called "nuisance grounds". We finally figured out that it was the landfill.

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jul 7, 2016 - Day 11. Hay River

Day 11. Hay River Territorial Park. Crossed the 60th parallel today into the NWT. Very nice Visitor Center at border with very informative lady at desk. We got a certificate for crossing the 60th parallel. On the way here we saw 2 black bears and a deer, but both were too far away for photos. We also stopped at 2 waterfalls (this is called the waterfall route) the first one Alexandria falls drops 109 ft and the secondLouise Falls drops 50 ft. The campground is very nice with secluded sites that were raked and had big flower beds at cross...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Jun 30, 2016 - Along the Way

We drove south along #3 highway stopping at the Deh Cho bridge on the banks of the MacKenzie River. This bridge is close to where Great Slave Lake empties into the MacKenzie River. This bridge is unique in that it has a continuous deck without joints. The supports are vee'd so that ice cannot build up on them. We went on across the bridge. The MacKenzie is 1-2 miles across. We went on to highway 1 turning east. We drove through poplar forests. There were marshes, streams and few villages. The road is straight with few hills. There are...

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Yellowknife Bound

Jul 25, 2005 - Changes in latitude, attitude

We're not at the end of the road, but we're not far from it, either. If you're driving a car in North America, there are very few places more remote than Yellowknife. We're 18 hours north of Edmonton in a town of 20,000 -- half the population of a territory the size of the Gulf of Mexico. After the rush to get west, we've slowed down our pace. It took three days to get here, although a really motivated driver could have done it in one long straight shot. But what fun is that? We gave the car a tune-up in Edmonton but it was still early as...

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