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Oct 18, 2016 - Into Alberta

10-18-16 Into Alberta. Left Fort St John at the customary time of six dark thirty AM. Why mess with a system that is working so well. In this part of Canada the temperatures are lower than average for this time of year according to the radio. I certainly don’t remember weather like this in previous trips down the Alaska Highway in mid October. I was down this road last February and it was downright balmy. The temperatures have been in the twenties, not cold, but none of the snow is melting off. It feels like it's been winter for months. I...

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May 14, 2015 - Visiting Lloydminster, the Border City

I returned to Canada at the end of March and spent April and half of May in Lloydminster, my home town. Mom was in the hospital for 3 weeks, then came home and improved quickly. Lloydminster's main claim to fame is that it is situation on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, which is marked by the orange border markers. So one day we did the tourist thing and took a picture of me standing in front of one of the markers. After Lloydminster, I will go to Belize for the last 2 weeks of May and then to Calgary for the summer.

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Apr 9, 2015 - Day 243 - Lloydminster, Alberta

We decided to make one last trip into Edmonton before we left today. We wanted to see the Telus World of Science Museum. It's not nearly as large as the Toronto Science Centre but still worth the stop - a visually interesting and very family and student friendly museum. Stopped in Vegreville for coffee and a few groceries. The town boasts having "the world's largest Easter egg", a celebration of the area's Ukrainian heritage - slowed down to have a look but didn't bother with a photo. Got to Lloydminster about 6:15 but it took us until...

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Sep 2, 2011 - Lloydminster, AB - An Interesting Little Town on the Prairie

(Elena Writing) Inclement weather greeted us this morning. It was cold, raining and windy. It felt like winter setting in and we needed to move on. I made a brief stop at WMSC to buy some papayas I had seen the day before. I was surprised to see a Dragon fruit which I’ve heard about and, of course, had to buy it. A website states that its origin is Vietnam although it is now grown worldwide. It suggested how to cut the fruit which I followed. However, I found it easier to trim the peel off the fruit rather than scooping out the flesh. Ron...

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Aug 14, 2011 - Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village

Aug 13, 2011 Well, Saturday was certainly a different travel day. We left our campground about 9:30. We didn’t get an early start because we wanted to stop at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village which was only a few miles from our campground and it didn’t open until 10 AM. So we sipped coffee. Not a bad way to start the morning. Ukrainian pioneers began arriving in Central Alberta during the late 1800s. They came as homesteaders seeking a better life. This area was home to the largest settlement of Ukrainian pioneers in Canada. The...

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Trip Journal

Scratchin' the Itch

Aug 9, 2011 - Across the Alberta Prairies

Joe braved the mosquitoes to break camp and hook up the Jeep. The campground did add some gravel which helped with the drainage a little but it was still very wet and ideal breeding ground for the skeeters. I got us ready inside and we hit the road shortly after 8:30 a.m. We have a relatively short day, 165 miles, so we took it easy and stopped a couple of times for breaks and some short walks. We detoured off the Yellowhead Highway to make a stop in Vegreville. This is home to the world's largest Easter egg, called a pysanka. It stands 9.4...

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Jun 14, 2009 - Alberta June 8-14, 2009

We started out on June 8th and it was cold and cloudy that progressively got worse until we ran into snow just above Lake Louise. Most of it was on the side of the road but a few flakes were still falling. As we turned towards Rocky Mountain House the weather cleared but we were very surprised to see the big reservoir on that road down to it’s lowest level we’ve ever seen and there doesn’t seem to be much spring run-off left. The radio was reporting that this is the worst drought conditions in 50 years for central Alberta. We made it to Red...

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Jun 28, 2008 - Lloydminster, AB

The sun was shining and looked like a nice day ahead. Everything was set and we left the great little camping place. When we stopped for fuel just a few miles away in Regina, SK all the stations were closed. We found out that they open at 7:00AM. Much to our surprise it was jut before 6 o’clock their time. Went to a 24 hour place and were on our way. We stopped at a rest area and I had a great time sniffing out the Prairie Dog burrows. There were a lot of those guys running all around. As the day progressed another hawk some more Geese...

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Sep 20, 2007 - Lloydminster, Alberta or is it Saskatchewan

After getting our new microwave/convection oven installed we started heading east again towards Winnipeg ready for our Polar Bear Trip in October. We are travelling the Yellohead Route (Highway 16. Our first stop on the way is Lloydminster just because it was almost half way between Edmonton and Saskatoon. Lloydminister was founded in 1903 by a group of two thound British pioneers known as the Barr colonies. An uninspiring town but interesting because of its geographical location; the 4th Meridian runs right down 50th Avenue , the main...

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