Sunday, June 7, 2009


Parked at my cousin's in Donnelly, Alberta

Aileen, Judith and Mitzy under the world's largest bee in Falher, AB

The town of Peace River, Alberta

Still hanging on!

Yield and stop signs in Donnelly, AB
June 5th
We awoke to the sound of rain on the roof. As we drove north, we experienced quite a bit of rain and heavy dark skies. About lunchtime the rain stopped except for brief showers but the wind picked up and was hitting us sideways. At one rest area we stopped at, it was difficult to open the right side doors against the wind. We stopped at a visitor centre and heard they were convoying traffic through the fire zone on the Alaska Highway today so that sounds more positive. We arrived in Donnelly at my cousin Judith’s (and Doug) late afternoon and have had a good visit. She thinks we’re the only cousins to ever visit her here and this is the second time for us. The first was in 1988. Judith made us a delicious supper and we sat and visited after a walk around the community. One thing of great interest is the backs of some of the stop and yield signs have a local scene painted on them.
June 6th
We went touring to Falher (pronounced falere – German name, French pronounciation) and McLennan before and after lunch with Judith as our guide. Later, Judith drove us to Peace River to take Sophie to the vet as she has stopped eating and drinking. The vet is unsure of her problem but gave her a shot and sent some antibiotics home. We’ll have to see if she improves by Monday. We took the scenic route home so supper was really late. Mitzy and I have taken several walks around the area. Very little traffic so Mitzy is enjoying being off leash.
Judith and I stayed up quite late going through some of the old family history documents I have. Aileen was smarter and went to bed early. I read today the Alaska Highway has re-opened to traffic for the time being.
June 7th
Mitzy and I have been for a couple of walks and now it is rest time for us. Aileen is helping Judith plant the garden. She has beautiful black soil, which is everywhere up here unlike most of southern BC. The long days this far north allow a long growing season in a short time.
The solar system on our trailer is performing quite well. We’re getting numbers never seen before. By 10:35 this morning we were reading 14.6 volts and the input was +9 amps. Of course, it does help that there is only about 4 hours of pure darkness at this time of year.
Sophie, the cat, is still not eating and we’ve had to force feed her the antibiotics. I suppose there will be another trip to the vet tomorrow so we may have to delay our departure from Donnelly.