Saturday, August 27, 2011

Now in Edmonton.

Early morning along the Fraser River approaching Hope, BC
Jeanette and I were on the road to Edmonton by 5:10 am.  Although still dark out, the day looked promising, weather wise.
Three hours later - in Kamloops, BC
With the motorcycle trailer behind the Nissan truck, we made good time going up the Coquihalla Highway.  
The Thompson River - north of Clearwater, BC
Not sure why today was the exception on Highway 5 north, but drivers were very aggressive and many were making poor driving choices.  With over 30 years of driving this route, this had to be the very first time we needed to execute two avoidance maneuvers.

This is always a site we look forward to.  Mt. Robson's largess is awe inspiring.

This is Moose Lake.  The crystal blue mineral waters are stunning - winter and summer.
We made a brief stop in to the town of Jasper in the National Park.  It was bustling with tourists.
Leaving Jasper, the speed limits are reduced in the park because of wildlife that often graze along the highway.  Today did not disappoint.
The skies were blue, the winds light, and the traffic was normal for this time of the year.
The last mountain range before arriving into the foothills and boreal forests surrounding Hinton and Edson, Alberta.
We made good time.  In Jasper, we texted our son to advise that we would be in Edmonton on time for a Bar-B-Q. 
We arrived in Edmonton, Alberta, exactly 12 hours after leaving home.
Jeanette took this photo while we were driving on Wayne Gretzky Drive, over the North Saskatchewan River, on the east side of the city.  We are only minutes from our two childrens' respective houses.

Here we were in our son Deni's back yard with  Cara and baby , daughter Ginette, and soon to be daughter in law, Courtney.

Son in law, Trevor (L) and our son Deni (R) manning the Bar-B-Q
It was a beautiful evening for an outdoor Bar-B-Q with our family in Edmonton.  Cara (along with her baby boy) is a cousin.  It was nice to see her (new to us) baby boy, Rylan, while her husband was busy doing some consulting work.
A very content and happy little fella.

Jeanette enjoying a hug with Deni.
 Hmmm, the smell emanating from the Bar-B-Q was really working on our hungry stomachs.

Ginette gave Cara a break to enjoy dinner and took over the baby caring duties.
We enjoyed a wonderful outdoor dinner with our family and when darkness came, we moved indoors to hear all the details about Deni and Courtney's early wedding plans for September 2012 in Vancouver, BC.  They recently had announced their engagement.

We have a busy week ahead.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. have to love those Coquihalla is a very fast road with some aggression!!..glad you all arrived safely!..enjoy your stay in Edmonton..our friends just moved there yesterday, Spruce we may be doing that trip one day soon!!!

  2. Glad to see you made it safely especially since there were some strange drivers on the road.

    Your photo of Mt. Robson is just awesome - we look forward to that sight each time we travel that way as well.

    Have fun visiting with your family.