Saturday, June 26, 2010
Well as we said we had a deadline to arrive in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada. This is the meeting place for the Track Tours, where the Alkan Highway and our trip begins, 2300 miles from home. It was a long week but a fun one. Can't describe how beautiful everything is. It is absolutely awesome. I kept taking pictures through the windows, running back and forth throughout the motorhome to get some from both sides. I kept telling Bill the scenery on his side was better. (You know the grass is always greener!! LOL). Took a lot through the windshield as the sight before us as we were driving was amazing. But even as many pictures as I took I could not capture the magnitude of the openness and magnificent view. God is awesome in His creation! I hope that you can absorb a little bit of it from the pictures we have. (You really need to "click" on a picture so it will blow up and you can see it in full resolution.)
You know how in Ohio and Michigan we have the Deer Crossing signs? Well Canada has Moose crossing signs!! Pretty neat huh? The first one we passed before I could get the camera ready, then I tried to get one from the other side of the motorhome going the other direction. They were not easy to capture. Finally got this one but it's a little fuzzy ... it was the last one we passed before Dawson Creek. I was really excited to get this one!
We have been hitting libraries on the way as that seems to be the best place for wireless internet service. Gives us a chance to check e-mail and work on the blog....Bill has an opportunity to check out what is going on in the world these days while I work on the postings. The library in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada was a little difficult to find (we're pretty sure they moved it and didn't tell the Garmin people), but it was a very nice library and gave us a nice break. We were thankful for that. We spent a little time walking around the city (mainly trying to find the library and then our rig! lol
We arrived in Dawson Creek around 6PM -- now we have traveled three time zones so we are a little off kilter. Thankfully the cell phones let us know when we have entered another one. We will be hitting one or two more before our trip is complete. That can make getting in touch with family and friends back home a little difficult --- we have to stop and think. lol. But we hope to keep in touch as much as possible. The only draw back with a trip like this is missing all of you! Grandbabies especially!
We stopped and spent the night at the WalMart when we arrived. There were seriously about 20+ motorhomes, RV's, etc. Guess all the campgrounds were booked solid. Met some people from Connecticut heading to Alaska on their own who couldn't believe they were reduced to WalMart camping. Now us...that is not a problem. We're actually pretty good at it. Well, OK, it's really Bill who has this all down pat...I'm still not sure what works off the generator, the propane, battery or what? He manages to make everything work one way or another. We spend our evenings fixing dinner, playing cards (cribbage mainly --- Dad Martin, we are tied at this point in the trip!!!), watching a DVD on the computer and planning our next day. Life is good. God is Good!!
This one as we were driving it looked as if the cars in front of us were going right over the edge the hill was so steep. Pretty cool!
Wildflower at the road side rest which was very pretty and interesting. Oh yeah, the road side rests are nothing like Ohio & Michigan's. They are very bare and have two tiny little buildings, one for the men and one for the women. I did not go in to check them out as we have our own facilities in the motorhome. You know who used it and when it was cleaned last. That's great!
The sky and the clouds just have me wowed!! You feel like you are going to drive right up into the clouds and the heavens above. I have always known the beauty of the sky but out here it seems so over the top. I just can't stop taking pictures of the clouds as you have probably noticed by now. Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy taking the pictures!!
Thanks for taking the time to look at our pictures and hear about the little things along the way. Pray all is going well with all of you back home!!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Well after the annoying delay in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada we happily went on our way. We remained calm about the delays but were both pretty tired when we decided to stop for gas. Now the highways in Canada are not like those in the States --- there aren’t many gas stations in between towns and some towns are so small there isn’t one, so when we see one that looks like it is easy to get in and out with the motorhome we stop. We thought we were being proactive in getting gas early. We pulled into the pumps and neither one of us saw the chains hanging down from the rail. After we heard the clang, we realized we had to back out and pull in on the other side….well you can’t back up a motorhome with a tow car very easily, so we had to stop and unhook the car and move both of them. That wouldn’t have been so bad, Bill is so good at it but there was a vehicle with three guys and a dog in the only spot we could fit through. It was like a “Candid Camera” skit --- they did everything you can imagine. They all 3 went into the store, tied their dog up and fed him outside the store, put in a can of something in the gas tank, then started pumping the gas. They all three took turns going in and out of the store. It finally looked as if they were done and then they went in to get ice, opened the back end of the SUV and started arranging things in the back. Untied the dog and emptied his water and food dish, put him in the car and we thought “alright!”. Then 2 of them got back out of the vehicle and went back into the store and then rearranged things in the back of the vehicle again!! By this time I began to think they were doing it just to see if they could irritate us. Bill wants to know who has been praying for us to have patience. Seriously we were at that stop for over 1 hr and we didn’t even need gas at that point.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday 6/22/10, Day 4 we actually left Minnesota, traveled through North Dakota and into Canada by 8PM. We were a little nervous about Canadian customs for two reasons. One, I had forgotten to have my name changed on my Passport – realized a little too late in the process to have it sent off and have a new one returned with the “Martin” name. So Bill kept reminding me that my last name was Oberst if they asked. I carried a copy of our Marriage License and the document from Social Security showing my name change if they asked for it. Bill kept saying, “Don’t offer it --- just give them your passport.” Well they didn’t question it so that was a relief. The other thing, Bill has a Concealed Weapons certificate. You are not allowed to take handguns, etc into Canada and we didn’t have one on us but he was concerned that they may search the RV & vehicle to make sure. That wasn’t an issue either. So, the verse comes back to me…Matthew 6:25-34; its all about needless worry! Lesson in faith and what is and isn’t important in this life!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
As we couldn't travel more than the 305 miles to Rogers, MN, (where we had an appointment to have the motorhome serviced), we decided to attend church with them and have lunch before leaving Rockford. See God finds a way for something good to come out of even irritating situations like delays in your travels. It was a great place and time to be delayed as we had a wonderful visit with Steve, Nina, Mandy, Wyatt & Abbey. It was good to see the sweet faces of friends at Calvary Christian also. Unexpected blessings along the way.
So here we sit Monday, 6/21 in Rogers, MN, 4-1/2 hrs after our 12:30 PM appt --- still waiting for them to finish working on it. They believe the battery needs replaced and are finishing that up now. Hopefully we will be on the road again within the hour. Not knowing how long they were going to take to repair it --- we decided against a movie (wanted to be ready to roll as soon as they called, lol). We went to lunch at Subway (tried the chicken salad sub -- my advice .. stick to what you know you like). Ran a couple errands, took a nap in the PT cruiser (great to have a tow car), went to Culvers for ice cream & chili cheese fries, worked with the WIFI on the blog, took another nap in the car....and still waiting. We could have watched two movies by now and saved calories or probably not they have great popcorn.
Well they finally finished the repairs at a tune of $550 (Bill was pretty accurate in his estimation), they replaced both Auxiliary batteries. We are crossing our fingers that this was the problem -- the batteries are only 5 yrs old as is the Motorhome so doesn't seem as if they should need replaced...but we are on the road again. Left Wisconsin Monday AM, spent most of the day in Rogers, MN and made it to Fargo, ND at 10PM. We should be in Canada mid-afternoon today, Tuesday, 6/21. North to Alaska!!!