Sunday, October 5, 2008

Back in Washington

Long story short, it was a long 4 day drive south, a little longer than usual, because we made a detour to Jasper or Banff in Alberta Canada. Gas is a killer! Below is a quick map of our route this time (green line). And here are some gas prices we encountered along the way:
Ella was VERY excited to leave, because we told her we were first going to Grandma's house, and then on to Nana & Papa's house. The whole first day Ella said "Where's Grandma's house? I want to go to Grandma's house!" By the end of the 2nd day, she finally began saying "I don't want to go to Grandma's house! Grandma's house too far..."

We traded off drivers to make the trip not feel as long. We all got our turn!

For the first time ever, I believe, we actually saw a
Canadian Mountie (aka COP) on the Alaska highway.
The towns are few and far between, and the traffic is extremely minimal.
With wide open spaces like this (almost the entire way), it is hard to just go the speed limit:


So, now that we're talking about firsts...
Jared got HIS very first speeding ticket ever!
He got caught going 130. YIKES!!
In Kilometers, that is. Hahaha...
Basically he got caught going 80 in a 60.
Seriously...only 60 mph on a long, straight, traffic-less road?!
And for hundreds and hundreds of miles?!!! Pu-lease!
Jared says it's $196 well spent. After all, we've done the trip 12 times now.

We also took the opportunity to stop briefly at Liard Hot Springs, a favorite for most travelers on the Alaska highway. To be honest, when we've passed through in the past, there has typically been a ton of snow. So, we have never spent much time there.
However, Ella enjoyed an impromptu swim session in her underwear:
The wildlife along the highway wasn't bad this year! We didn't stop to see any bears (I spotted one just as we drove by), but we saw some herds of bison and elk.
Look over Ella's shoulder...We were very excited to spot our first sign of "civilization" again. We saw a "normal" housing development in Grand Prairie, just South of Dawson Creek. Believe me, this is not "normal" housing (whatsoever) in Northern Canada or Alaska. Not even close!

And then our camera died, just as we entered Jasper and Banff National Park in Alberta.
GREAT timing. Hahahaa.... It was beautiful! Oh well...
Time to order a new camera.

We're now in Quincy (central Washington) visiting Jared's parents this week. Whew...it feels SO good to get out of that car!

6 comments:

leadatortilla said...

Well, Time flies when you aren't the one in a car for 4 days! I can't believe you are in WA already - but I'm glad to hear you arrived safely. So camera died from batteries - or just plain ol' died?!?! sad times.

Greg and Lara said...

Oh No! No pictures of Banff! That is on my list of places to visit. I hear it is amazing. But still, your drive looked beautiful. You guys sure know how to travel...wildlife, hot springs, speeding tickets. :)

Lisa said...

Welcome home!

Joni said...

Wow, it's so pretty there! The story of Ella is too cute. "Grandma's house too far" LOL
:)

What A Dish! said...

What beautiful scenery- I'd love to see that area of the world someday.

Ben, Jenny, Tyler said...

Ella is beautiful- love that red hair!! Sorry about the speeding ticket- Ben and I are still waiting for those one of these days! :) I'm glad you guys made it safely to the states and hope you enjoy your time in Utah- give everyone hugs & kisses from us! Can't wait to see you in january! Loves, BJT