November 2nd 2007 8:55 pm
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Monday Sept 17
Early this morning, Dad drove SLOWLY down the side of the Alaska Highway to the local garage to have his wheel looked at. The wheel was still making its sickening grinding noise and Dad was afraid to take the car much over 15 mph. We arrived at BJ`s services in Watson Lake and the mechanic there looked at the wheel. He confirmed that the bearings were shot and that to continue to drive the car would result in the loss of the wheel! Needless to say, if that happened at a high rate of speed, you`d have a slight problem to say the least! Not to mention that my bag of kibble would be spilled all over the road!
Alas,nobody in the tiny town of Watson Lake had the type of bearings Dad`s 94 Geo Metro needed. They had to be ordered from Whitehorse over 100 miles away. That meant that we were stranded in the town for the day. Dad walked me along a nice trail that circled Wye Lake. There was a nice log cabin on the shore of this lake as well as neat sections of boardwalk over boggy sections of trail. I met a few really nice dogs here. The Mom of a nice malemute told Dad that winters in Watson Lake frequently reach 40 below and there is LOTS of snow as well. The snow banks are sometimes so high that they obscure the houses surrounding the lake. She also told Dad that most residents of Watson Lake don`t even lock their doors. Ahh the joys of living in a small community!
In the middle of the day, Dad walked to the Northern lights theater in town---a short distance from the motel where we were temporarily staying. Dad had watched a show about the universe and the northern lights in the planetarium here the night before and he just stopped in for the internet access this time. There are interesting displays here of Canadian astronauts in their space suits wearing the Canadian Space Agency patch.
Awaiting the arrival of those new bearings tommorrow,my paws are crossed!
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