Amazing Collection of Waterfalls

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
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Trip End Feb 16, 2012


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Flag of Canada  , Northwest Territories,
Monday, July 4, 2011

It was a crazy day with running around and getting ready to go. We just flew into town the night before so we were barely aware of our new timezone as we ran around gathering supplies, getting the car tuned, etc
By the time we were ready to leave it was 6pm but considering this is the land of the midnight sun, there really was no reason to postpone the trip so off we went. We drove down the Mackenzie Highway passing the reminents of forrest fire and spotting 14 bison but no calves. At Fort Providence we filled up with gas and noticed these crazy GIGANTIC flies that looked like bees swarming everywhere. Yeesh, wouldn't want to get bit by one of those suckers, they'd likely leave teeth marks!
We crossed the Big River (Deh Cho), aka the Mackenzie River, and then turned north and finally we were on new roads that we'd never seen before, a very refreshing feeling. Along we went, noticing the road conditions deteriorating dramatically until we were on loose gravel which made the travelling a bit slower and less relaxing (always on alert for massive pot holes that you might slam into if not careful).
Around 1 am we were feeling pretty tired so we pulled to the side of the road where there was a little waterfall and creek. We tried to get a small fire going for dinner while the mosquitos were ravenously attacking us. We baked some potatoes but by the time they were ready we were nearly too tired to eat.  The sky was getting dusky pink and grey and we were thinking about setting up our tent but I think the shadows just seemed a bit too long and uncertain in this unfamiliar territory. We were wondering what sorts of animals might just decide to take a drink from the neighbouring stream in the night and discover two tasty tourists for a midnight snack... probably our imaginations were getting the better of us but we slept in the car anyways, just to be safe. 
And safe we were, rising the next morning (albeit somewhat cramped and cricked) to see another sunny day. Not too long to wash our faces and brush our teeth in the creek, take a little walk around to stretch (picking up the pace to jog on the way back to escape the mozzies), and then quick get in the car and slam the door fast before the bugs get in, we were on the road again!


A little further down the road we came to the Samba Deh (Trout Lake) Fall and Coral Falls. It was here we cooked some eggs, toast, and hot dogs on the BBQ for breakfast and washed it all down with a good amount of milk before we took our hike to the Coral Falls. It was a short uphill hike along the rocky escarpment of the red water river (red from the minerals around this area) and it was a breathtaking view at the top.  We saw lots of fossils, namely Coral, embedded in the ancient rocks which are known to be among the oldest in the world.  Further down the river, it was amazing to feel the spray and hear the thunder of the big falls. We marvelled at the way the water has worn away at the rocks over time, leaving them layered-looking and as though they might all tumble into the rushing water at any minute. 
It was all very scenic and perhaps the highlight of our drive but we eventually had to tear ourselves away and continue on our route to Fort Simpson...
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