Alberta, Alberta..... Since she's been gone....
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One sign we saw that made me chuckle when we entered one little town said "Everyone who has ever had a speeding fine, raise your right foot now"
British Columbia's slogan is "Super Natural"/ Yukon's is "Larger than Life"/ Alberta 's is "freedom to create, spirit to achieve".
We arrived at Dawson Creek in a heat wave. Our campground was next to a big pool in a park and I think that everyone in Dawson Creek was swimming there. So we joined the mass of swimmers and then just observed... Something like good old South African game viewing!!The pool was cleverly designed - a big round circle starting shallow and then getting deeper towards the middle
We are now in Grande Prairie. The short drive here today was through lots of agricultural land, with field upon field of bright yellow canola. Very organized looking farming, with good fences, well maintained farm houses and healthy looking stock. We saw herds of elk being farmed. So now we are in Alberta.... Another time change, to Mountain Time.... Have been driving myself crazy with Eric Clapton's .... Alberta, Alberta.... Going through my mind/ but I only know that line plus... Since she's been gone... So I gather he isn't singing about this Alberta....!
We are going to stay here for 2 nights as we have some things to do. We are changing the mattress and trying to sort things out in order to give ourselves a little more space.
We are battling to ship our vehicle to South America, specifically Brazil, as they are very sticky about vehicles coming in. Bruce is going to be joining Nani there (we will briefly meet at Cape Town Airport - he leaves as we get in). So we thought that it could make things easier for them to have a vehicle there, and then we pick it up from there. But it seems like it will be too difficult. So our plans will have to change slightly, and maybe we will drive through Mexico and then on from there..
It's really comforting to have a bit of darkness back. Life in daylight all the time is really strange. I forgot to mention that when we were in Denali National Park the bus tour guide told us that what cyclists tend to do there is take the last bus of the day to the centre of the park (60miles), and then just cycle back to main camp through the night. Darkness just isn't a factor. And when we went to the Arctic Circle 4:00am just wasn't a problem. It felt like a reasonable morning departure.
On south tomorrow... Possibly Jasper....