The Journey South

Trip Start May 14, 2012
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Trip End Nov 06, 2012


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Friday, August 3, 2012

After our week in Kluane we went back to Whitehorse to see some of the things
we didn't get to on our first visit. We had a couple of warm sunny days
and enjoyed strolling around downtown Whitehorse, listening to a lunchtime concert
in the park, visiting the weekly farmers and crafts market, the art gallery and museum. The Yukon Art Gallery had a fabulous exhibition of wall hangings from Baker
Lake in the North West Territories.

We ate al fresco at the Klondike Rib and Salmon BBQ where the Food Network was filming a show for the next season.

Then we said good-bye to the Yukon and started back down the Alaska Highway. The Yukon was a very interesting place with lots on the go. The scenery is fabulous and there are endless opportunities to explore.  Jennifer says she definitely wants to go back.

We planned a couple of long driving days to get the bulk of the kms behind
us.  During the drive we listened to satellite radio usually  BB
King Bluesville for music and CBC and BBC. Jennifer worked on her knitting
project.

We headed to Wabasca-Demarais in Northern Alberta to visit with
Audrey a friend who moved from Newfoundland a number of years ago.

On the way we stopped for a couple of nights in Lesser Slave Lake
provincial park. This park is located just outside of the community of Slave
Lake which was devastated by a major forest fire last year. You may
recall that many people lost their homes in the fire and a lot of the
community infrastructure was destroyed. We saw lots of construction
underway as we passed through as people and the town start to rebuild. It was a traumatic experience for the community and it was lucky that there was no loss of life.

We had a wonderful visit with Audrey and her partner Denys Auger. Audrey moved from St. John's 15 years ago and ended up teaching academic upgrading at the Northern Lakes College in Wabasca.  As it happened Audrey's sister Marcie who we had met on a visit to Newfoundland some years ago visited at the same time so it was great to catch up on everyone's lives. 

Our final stop on this trip was Edmonton where we plan to leave our trailer and truck during our trip home in August.  We met 2 of Audrey's daughters for lunch in Edmonton and it was really special to see the girls we knew 15 years ago grown into young women with interesting lives. 

We board the plane for home Sunday August 5. It has been fun writing the blog and has been a way to feel connected with friends and family while on the road. We hope you enjoyed reading it.

So that's it folks: 84 days and over 21,000 kms.  We plan to reconvene our journey mid September so stay tuned. 


Garland and Jennifer



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