Friday, May 27, 2011

Road Trip to Peace River, Days 3 & 4

Winnipeg, Manitoba:

Today’s trip started off very early, as we did not realize that Dryden is in the Central Time Zone (Dryden is one hour behind the Eastern Standard time). We were up by 6:30 and on the road by 730!

The best scenery was on our way to Winnipeg where we saw a Red and White fox, as well as a few dear and hawks.

The MTS Centre in Winnipeg - could be the future home of
the Atlanta Thrashers.

When we made it to Winnipeg we spent the afternoon walking downtown and exploring the city. We saw the MTS Center, which could be the new home of a Winnipeg NHL team.

We visited an area of the town called The Forks, which is where the Red River and the Assiniboine River intersect. 

The water levels were so high in some places that streetlights and trees were halfway under water.

One of the outdoor skateparks in Winnipeg at The Forks;
right on the water, it was gorgeous!

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan:

After leaving Winnipeg, we began the 7-hour trek to Saskatoon. The scenery is very different here as the land is flat for as far as our eyes can see! 

We wanted a quick dinner and were both craving pizza (we kind of felt like Harold and Kumar searching for White Castle). Fortunately, Pizza Hut was a popular restaurant in almost every small town we passed through on the way.
We obviously got stuffed crust:)
Although the drive was not quite as exciting as the previous days, the flat land provided a great view of an unbelievable sunset - definitely the best one yet. 

When the evening struck the bugs came out and as we were driving it sounded like rain hitting our windshield. We had to stop 3 times to wash our windshield off and in order to be able to see through it.

By the time we arrived in Saskatoon and found a hotel it was around 11 PM and we were both exhausted. We went straight to bed as we still had a 5-hour drive to Edmonton the next morning.
Saskatchewan sunset

Edmonton, Alberta:

We were on the road by 10 AM Thursday morning and arrived in Edmonton at around 3 PM. The drive to Edmonton was fairly bland and consisted mostly of cows and empty land, with the site of a few buffalo.

We headed straight for the West Edmonton Mall (one of the biggest malls of the world). We will let the pictures speak for themselves…

After we shopped till we dropped we made our way over to Willie and Marilyn’s house (Jeff’s great uncle and aunt). They reside in Sherwood Park, a town just on the outskirts of Edmonton, and were kind enough to welcome us into their home for the evening.

We enjoyed a relaxing evening in the comfort of a home (rather then a hotel), watching local news, and admiring Willies pride and joys, including old country records, and the deer and wolves that were mounted on the walls. 

Today we will be checking out downtown Edmonton (Jasper & Whyte Ave) and making a short drive to Grande Prairie, Alberta (3.5 hours from Edm), staying the night, then travelling 2 hours in the morning to Peace River - our destination!

We will post our final installment once we're in Peace River!

All the best, 

Jeff & Cass 

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