Well, our departure day started off pretty typically with Jarod discovering a screw in one of our tires. This of course meant that we couldn’t quite leave when we expected to as we opted to wait for Kingland to open at 8:00 a.m. to make sure the tire was okay before heading on the highway. Thankfully it was a short screw and it did not puncture the tire, so we still ended up on the road at a relatively respectable 9:30 a.m.
Our plans to geocache this first leg of the trip were thwarted, however, by our desire not to be eaten alive by the mosquitos. Usually it’s the horseflies that are the problem, but not this year. Even Big River was comfortable. I mean with respect to the bugs; the service station itself is always clean and comfortable, which rocks! Now that we’re heading into the less buggy areas I expect our geocaching efforts to improve significantly. I am actually hoping to go out this evening to try and find a cache not far from here, but I think the family is looking forward to pizza and an in-room movie.
The Deh Cho Bridge across the Mackenzie River is coming along. At least now you can actually tell there’s work being done. Lots of equipment along the shore and the temporary bridge for the workers is up, and there was a crane on a barge working away, too, which was neat to see. Ended up with a little more time to get out of the car here as there was a line up for the ferry, but there was a nice breeze that kept the bugs away and I went for a walk and threw some skipping rocks into the river (tried to throw some skipping rocks; is 4 out of 10 any good?).
Our animal-sighting for the day stands at 9 bison (all before Fort Providence), 1 flock of geese (also before Fort Providence), and 2 cranes (after Enterprise).
Gotta run before all the pizza is eaten!