Monday, June 28, 2010

Day Eight - Fort Nelson, B.C.

Today was a different sort of a day. We were awakened a bit earlier than planned, by our darling daughter. So, we all kind of got an early start. It was *supposed to be* a relaxing kind of morning, but, not so. So, we headed out and started out at the hardware store. Where else does a family on vacation start their day's excursions? Well, at the hardware store (where Vince was NOT able to accomplish either of the two things he needed to do) both Elizabeth and Matthew started feeling kind of sick. So, we all headed back to the trailer, to see if they were going to start feeling better or get worse. Decided to take advantage of that, and I (mom) went to do some laundry. That is quite the task!! Vince stayed with the kids, they watched a movie and rested, and Vince slept as well. So, after I got back to the trailer the boys had lunch - Matthew was feeling better - so Vince and the boys headed over to the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum. They spent a couple of hours there - and had a lot of interesting fun! After they got back, we all went out and went to a cool place called Trapper's Den (Mile 293 of the Alaska Highway Kip!!!) Then we went to the IGA and actually I was quite amazed at some of the grocery prices. So, we bought a few things we needed, and a few things we didn't need. As much food as we packed to bring with us, we really thought our grocery shopping would be VERY minimal. But it's amazing that we still need to buy things - bread, milk, etc. Fresh fruits and veggies - today some fresh meat. My plans of using TVP (texturized vegetable protein) did not go over as well as it did at home - so ground beef, we are revisiting you. Plus - we splurged on some petite sirloins - actually they were surprising inexpensive. So, that is that.

Don't know if I have mentioned before, but I got each of the kids (and myself) a journal to keep while we are on the road. It's actually a sketch book, kind of spiral bound - thick paper - quite nice for writing on actually. So, they are writing in it each day. I thought it was going to be harder to get them to do so, but they are actually quite willing to keep up with it. Here's a picture of Matthew and Jordon doing their journal-writing for the night.
Tomorrow - we head off early (5:00 a.m. - oh my goodness!!) to Liard Provincial Park. We will stay there and enjoy the Hot Springs there for a couple of days as well. It's been kind of fun in that we met some folks in Dawson Creek - actually Elizabeth made their acquaintance and spent quite a bit of time visiting with them. Well - who shows up here today - but them (and the rest of their caravan). They are traveling with something like 21 trailers in their caravan. They will be at the hot springs as well. It will be interesting to see how many people we run into again as we make this trip.

So - isn't that gorgeous! That is one of what is probably at least a million of these bugs!!! They are gross. One attached itself to my finger while I was walking into the laundromat. It didn't want to let go. Then we had two in our trailer. They weren't really interested in leaving!! With a little persuasion they did though! Icky, ick, ick, ick!! I DO NOT LIKE BUGS!!!

Well, that's all for today. Thanks to each of you who are reading, and those who comment. It makes it so fun for us!! Don't know what our connection will be tomorrow or the next day - but when we can - we will post again. Blessings to each of you!!


  1. Love all the details, lol, thanks!! It's been fun to google some of these places you write about and learn about them as I've never been to that part of the country. That bug almost looks like some kind of cricket, do they make noise or maybe you can hear them over your screaming,LOL!!
    Can't wait to hear the next leg of the trip. I heard the caravan type traveling is quite popular and I imagine you will run into people over and over which is kind of nice. What did you end up doing with the bed issue?

  2. good to see those guys journaling. They'll definitely thank you for it later. Be good to eachother!

  3. those bugs are called spuce beetles. and to the locals..we call them pinchers.