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Coffee and pictures

The last few weeks involved a RV road trip. We drove up into the Northwest Territories, and then we dropped down into northern British Columbia and curved back up into the Yukon. It was a great family experience, and one we actually want to do again. In one day’s drive we had bears (black bears) cross in front of our truck, and we saw bison, caribou, deer, moose, horses, and goats.

Today over coffee I would like to share a couple of pictures from that trip:

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Louise Falls is in Hay River, Northwest Territories and is part of part of Twin Falls Gorge Territorial Park. This was a beautiful area. At first I was a bit taken back by the lack of fence surrounding the edges along the path to the falls. The edges were right there and boasted a deadly drop. Not a big deal for my husband and I because we walk the path and enjoy the sights from that vantage point. However, for the 7 and 4 year old it was something of a terror to keep them on the path and away from the edge, and both of them are extremely clumsy. All that said, it would clearly be next to impossible to put up a fence that was safe given that the edges were eroding away and there were often signs indicating overhung cliff edges. It was clearly visible that the path had been pushed back to compensate for this change in landscape. The boys loved the experience though and so did we.

The northern lights/Aurora Borealis:
The Northwest Territories is one of the best places to view the northern lights, and there are 2 aurora seasons: Autumn & winter. We were just entering into the beginning of the autumn season, yet I was very impressed by the light show. I am not the greatest at using my camera at night and sadly missed capturing some of the most spectacular parts of the show.

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Scenery:
Absolutely beautiful landscapes!

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Teslin, Yukon:
A very pretty little town that nestles into your heart at the first sight of it. It is located on the Alaskan highway at mile 804.

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The Yukon was also beautifully scenic.

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I love how the above picture turned out.

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The beginning of the Alaska Highway.

We also had the pleasure of swimming in 2 hot springs. The first one was in the Yukon, Takhini hot springs. Takhini is a natural hot spring that is odorless mineral water (main minerals are calcium, magnesium, and iron). These hot springs have a concrete pool built to capture the warm/hot water and the pool is drained and disinfected daily in this season. http://takhinihotpools.com/hot-pools

The second hot spring we visited was Liard hot springs in northern British Columbia. This hot spring is the second largest in Canada. This hot spring is a natural setting and to access it you must take a scenic walk on a board walk set over a warm swamp. There is a sulphur smell to this hot spring. There is one area of the spring where bubbles can be seen breaking free from the earth and rising to the surface of the water, and in this section the spring is the hottest. I was told while in the springs that if you can get to the rock wall in that hot section and place a rock on it that it is good luck. It was a slow process and very hot but I made not once but 3 times. It was too hot for the boys to walk, but they wanted to participate in the rock placing so I carried them through the hot section. http://blog.hellobc.com/getting-to-know-liard-river-hot-springs-provincial-park/

How have you been, what’s your over-coffee news? Have you swam in a hot spring, and are there any you would recommend?

Shari Marshall – 2017

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