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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dawson Creek, BC to Grande Cache,AB

The only Dinosaur we found!

That is were they are hiding!
We left town early to drive over to Grande Prairie, Alberta to attend mass at St Joseph at 9 am. The problem with that is Grande Prairie is in Alberta ( a one hour time change). We made it with plenty of time. Following church services we drove over to the visitor center. Nice place with knowledgeable staff. They gave us several things to do and visit. One of them was Kleskun Hill Park a Dinosaur excavation site. Off we went for a 30 miles side trip in the opposite direction of travel. It was extremely hot and we wilted long before we reached the Dinosaur site. Oh well the truck has excellent AC and we headed south again. A few miles south of Grande Prairie the road was closed for a police emergency. They detoured us for a 14 mile loop around the incident. We arrived in Grand Cache, AB late afternoon only to find all campgrounds full. This is a Provincial Holiday weekend (Heritage Day). We started to look for a place hide for the night. Going up on the back streets we notice a sign for a campground that was not on the tourist list. The place was full of locals… I mean the whole town was hiding out up here. They even had some Canadian Army units here. We asked a kid were we could register and he said there off duty now, just pull in and park. We are flying low and under the radar but it’s a wonderful spot to see the entire local community enjoying their Holiday.

The road trip today was much diversified. Up North it was prairie land, heading South more forest with logging going on even today (Sunday). In Grande Cache I was totally blown away with an open pit coal mine and a huge generating station. The highway goes right through the middle of everything (Mountains on both sides). The coal veins were visible along several miles of highway. Naturally everything in this area had a black coating of coal dust. Grande Cache itself is four miles south with no appearance of the coal mine.

That is what we did and saw

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