October 26th 2007 8:15 pm
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Day 5 Thurs Sept 13
This morning began with a cold rain as we left Yorkton,Saskatchewan. There were even a few snow flurries thrown in for good measure. The rain soon lessened to a few showers but it remained overcast till mid afternoon when at last the sun made an appearance. We travelled about 500 miles today to reach Elk Island National Park in Alberta. This is a very nice park only about 25 miles east of Edmonton. There is a large lake here with a few tree covered islands in it---- Lake Astotin. Dad and I camped by this lake tonight and enjoyed a glorious sunset here. The swish of loons could be heard over the lake. Overnite, the howls of coyotes could be heard.
Day 6 Fri sept 14
We began the day with some hiking around Astotin Lake. Buffalo were grazing on the shore but they paid us no mind. The waters of the lake were utterly placid and reflected the islands within the lake beautifully. If one were to come here in summer, it would be possible to canoe or kayak on Lake Astotin out to these islands. As our next trip is planned for next August, we may do just that!
We travelled thru Edmonton and reached Alberta 43, the approach route for the Alaska Highway. The weather remained sunny and pleasant as we journeyed up route 43 to the Alaska Highway. We reached the town of Dawson Creek late in the afternoon thus arriving at the official start of the Alaska Highway. We stopped for the day at Kiskitinaw Provincial Park,British Columbia on the Alaska Highway. Here a wooden trestle bridge spans a deep rocky gorge. The Kiskitinaw River flows thru the deep gorge. It`s a really pretty spot and Dad and I took a long walk here. The Kiskitinaw Bridge is nearly 100 ft above the river.
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