Luck with traffic, weather and amazing road-tripping kids, along with the knowledge that the ferry crossing the Mackenzie River is still not operational gave us the chance to have a couple of easy travel days. We arrived in Edmonton last night, having driven only 4 hours from Yorkton to Saskatoon the day before, and then another five and a half hours from Saskatoon to Edmonton.
We stopped in the very small town of Sheho, Saskatchewan on the way to Saskatoon for a picnic lunch by the railroad tracks.
We saw a beautiful old Ukranian-Catholic church in the distance which had a brand new, shining silver roof. Lawful decided it was a castle.
Once in Saskatoon, we consulted our friend, The Consultant (he really is a consultant), for advice on what to do with the hours of daylight remaining to us. He recommended The Broadway Cafe and we promptly set off there for dinner, mistakenly ordered three milkshakes (one would have been large enough for all three of the milkshake consumers in our group), and then decided to go for a short post-dinner walk along the South Saskatchewan River.
Yesterday we learned that audiobooks are the parent-travellers best friend. Having lost track of Lawful's iPod, we did not have any audiobooks available and we found that 6 year-olds have a hard time sitting still in the car when there is only music to listen to. Thankfully, we unearthed the iPod in Vegreville, Alberta, for the last hour of the drive. Having finished Inkheart on our way to Saskatoon, we moved on to Ramona's World, narrated by Stockard Channing.
Speaking of Vegreville, it is best known for its giant Ukranian Easter Egg but what we didn't know that at the site of the egg is a lovely rest stop with a train car and other things for kids to climb and play on. It made for a nice break before heading the rest of the way into Edmonton. Lawful would like everyone to know that the Easter Egg actually spins!
We ended the day being spoiled by Maw-full's cousin in West Edmonton who welcomed us and fed us while Lawful jumped on a trampoline with her second cousin.
So, let's take stock: 3662 km driven and nearly $500 in gas and we are still 3 days' drive from Yellowknife.
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