Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Moving to Alaska: Part Two

Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario to Steinbach, Manitoba to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Lodging: Days Inn
Mileage: 840 miles
Weather: 80-90°F, humid, thunderstorms

The second part of our trip will be forever known as the "endless flatland experience." We traveled through Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which both happen to be situated directly above the Great Plains states, which tells you a bit about their geography and weather. Now, I'm sure many people appreciate the beauty of rolling farmland, but as a girl who grew up in the middle of farm country I was pretty bored.  

We stayed at a Days Inn on both nights, which was bit of a change from our itinerary.  We were actually supposed to camp at Pine Tree Campground in Manitoba the first night, but tornado warnings with extreme wind and rain drove us into the nearest town pretty quickly.  The weather stayed pretty crummy both days of travel.  Aside from rainstorms, the temperature was scorching hot and humid. The "real feel" one of the days was well over 100°F.  The dogs were miserable in the heat and didn't even want to get out of the car. 

With the severe lack of scenery and weather that pretty much confined us to the car (no hiking or exploring in that crazy weather), we ended up playing a lot of car games.  I think the game that lasted the longest was the Celebrity Name Game (where the first letter of the celebrities last name has to be the first letter of the next celebrities first name - not confusing at all - haha.) We actually kept it going for nearly an hour before Cody admitted defeat.  Finally, I was able to justify all of those years of watching E! News. Other than silly games, napping took up most of our time. 

Obviously, this leg of the trip was not my favorite.  I could see adjusting the route and hitting some of the more scenic parts or interesting cities of these two provinces if we ever do this trip again. Thankfully, when we drove out of Saskatchewan we knew we were headed for one of the coolest parts of the trip, Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta.  Stay tuned for the next installment of our road trip adventure! 

Your turn...What are some of your favorite car games?
Currently listening to...Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac


  1. Oh my I can imagine the dogs must be so uneasy with such long drives, kind of like kids that can't sit still for long periods of time.

    For games, I kind of just sing along. :)

    My first boyfriend and I use to count the km markings at the side of the road and see who got the most at the end of our drives. Lol

    1. The dogs do pretty well with traveling, and they sleep for the most part in the car. The weather and heat really got to them though. They are cold-weather dogs through and through! Haha.


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