Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Are we there yet?

Well, it's been 16 days and we're finally here... Sorry I couldn't write on this more often, it isw very difficult to get to computer when you're on the road... I know even in this day in age. Anyhow, Tara and I finally landed about 3 or 4 hours ago. We spent the last 4-5 days in the mountains, I highly recommend to all to take this drive, it's beautiful and definetly worth it. I wouls also like to recommend a very small town in the Yukon to visit. If we did not make a spot at Lambeau Field this would have been the highlight of my trip, It was for Tara. It's a small town of 400 or so a few hours south of Whitehorse call Teslin. The people there are fantastic, They welcomed us with beer, shots and food. They gave us a book written by a Yukon author and they all signed good wishes in it and they also gave us a trout caught in the local lake, without the head it was about 2 1/2 feet long. It was fantastic and a definite vaccation spot in it's own, I plan on going back this summer for sure.
I think I last wrote from Minnesota... seems so long ago now. I think I wrote that Tara and I would be leaving earlier in the morning to avoid the storem, well, that almost worked. We just got to Fargo when it started coming down and less then an hour later it was near impossible to see, we had to pull over in Jamestown North Dakota for a day and a Half. There was not a whole lot to do there but they did have a Wal-mart, so we picked up a few essentials for the road... Got to love American pricing. We left there and headed for Saskatoon where we encountered more weather and had to pull over. Because of that we only got to spend 1 day in Edmonton, but that was all we needed. After 2 hours in the West Edmonton Mall I was ready to kill somebody.... Oh did I mention the weather in Edmonton??? I think Nova Scotia has the best snow removel team in North America. From Edmonton we encountered more weather in Grand Prairie and had to pull over again... This trip must seem boring as you read about it, it was mostly drive a few hours and hit some bad weather, pull over and do it all again, and when we didn't hit bad weather, we had to make up for lost time. I'm not gonna bother writing the rest of that stuff.
Well, I'm very tired and want to try to relax a bit... if you have any questions just leave a comment or send me an email scottemacb@hotmail.com.

Friday, November 30, 2007

almost 1/2 way there

We are about 500 km's from the half way mark now. We had some weather delays and took a detour to Green Bay Wisconsin. As most of yo know, I am a huge Packers fan so I convienced Tara to go out of the was a little. It was almost perfect timing. Green Bay was 10-1, Dallas was 10-1 and they were playing the very day we landed. The only problem was they were playing in Dallas. I still got to watch a game in Green Bay tho. While Tara rested I went to the bar right across the street from Lambeau Field and watched the game... What an atmosphere. We lost, but that was a night I will never forget. Our hotel was across the street from Lambeau aswell... I opened the window and there it was... the front desk guy hooked us up... Gave us this room, with a Kingsize bed... he said it would normally cost over 300.00 per night but I think we paid 63.xx all in. Awesome. We took a tour of the statdium, got some cool picks but the damn batteries died when we were on the field. I did get a pic of me touching the grass but couldn't get one of me and the upright behind.... What a day... best ever!
On another note... Tara again is kicking ass behind the wheel... Chicago... WOW. She was nervous but did an amazing job. I do have to say to anybody traveling this was... stay the night in Battle Creek Michigan, and eat at the Denny's... people there were the nicest I've ever met.
We were hoping to go from Green Bay to Regina today, it would have been a 17 hour day, but we ended up stopping after only 8 hours in Alexandria Minnesota... the Wisconsin drive took it out of us, nothing but farms for hours, and we were getting alittle hungry and cranky, so we thought we'd stop and try for Regina tomorrow. They were calling for some bad weather around here tomorrow, but not starting until the afternoon. I think we'll try to get on the road around 3-3:30 a.m to beat it... if we don't beat it, we'll probably stop in Minot, North Dakota. Well I shoud go get some food now... Hopefully you guys don't find this blog thin too borring... See ya's

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Oh Say Can You See

Ok, it's been 3 days since I last had access to the internet and let me start off by saying I will not be posting anymore pics on Facebook until I arrive in Inuvik as it is a pain in my ass. With that being said... All is going well so far, but had a couple of encounters with weather delaying us a bit. We are now in Battle Creek, MI, USA. We have stopped for the night and we are approc\x 6 hours away from Green Bay where we'll be tomorrow night. We left my brother's place in NB just after lunch so we wouldn't hit Montreal durring the day. We soon discovered Frank gets car sick and had to pull over in Hartland NB for some Gravol. We gave him an 8th of a peice and he started foaming from the mouth... the car was a mess, and he got much better. About an hour before Montreal we ran into freezing rain and had to pull over for the night... Hotel was nice but no english T.V. or a\weather forecasts we could understand. We left around 11:30 yesturday and drove untill we hit white out conditions just after Kingston Ontario. We had to pull over in Napanee and get a room. We wanted to leave there around 2:00 a.m so we wouldn't have to deal with Toronto traffic but because of the cold Tara got from her mother we couldn't leave until about 3:30... which meant we hit Toronto durring the morning rush (this was one of the coolest and scariest things I have ever seen, I actually enjoyed the gridlock more then driving bumper to bumper at 100 km/hr. Tara was awesome, and kicked ass in both Montreal and Toronto. We got across the Border around lunch time and stopped in Flint for a bit (Flint if the home town of Bowling for Comumbine's Michael Moore... It was Blah. Now we are gonna go back to the hotel and rest for the night and start for Green Bay Tomorrow. We hope to Edmonton Monday and stay there a day or two... Who knows, but I'll be sure to write about it... untill then, I bid you Aux Deux

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Officially on our way

Ok, so we are officially on our way, after a stop in Truro to have the tires tightened and to get a proline ticket we made our way to Alma, New Brunswick to visit my grandparents for an hour or so. The drive wasn't too bad and Frank (Tara'a cat) settled down after an hour or so. After leaving my Grandparents house we drove to Fredericton (actually Oromocto) to go see my brother. We left Truro around 2 in the aftenoon... got to my Grandparents about 5:40 and got to my brother's about 8:40. Now it's time write on my Blod and post some pics on Facebook... for all interested I've added a new application on facebook to show where we are and where we've been. Search me on Facebook for my pics... Til my next update...
Peace out suckers!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Almost set to go

I just got out of my apartment and am at Tara'a place to get the last of her stuff... car is getting full, but that was to be expected. Only thing left to do is make 1 final round to see a couple of people, then say bye to my parents and head to Tara's parents in Kennetcook for 2 days. From there off to New Brunswick to see my Grandparents in Alma, then off to my brother Neil's place in Oromocto for the night Sunday. I will probably write again Sunday night or Monday morning... Wish us luck or send us cheques (JK)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Moving on?

OK, like I've told many of you, I have set up a Blog so you all can check in on my journey North. Today is Monday November 19... I'm 3 days unemployed and 6 days from leaving. There is still a lot of stuff I have to do, but it always seems to work out for me in the end... so let's keep our fingers crossed.
For all of you I haven't talked to in the last 30 days, I should probably get you up to speed. I am moving to the Northwest Territories... Inuvik to be exact.
Inuvik is a town north of 60 with about 3500 people.... Google earth says it's 624 mile away from the North Pole. This may seem like a quick decision to many of you, but I'd like to say I do know people there and I have done more research than you could imagine (I would like to thank my old manager Shelagh Sutherland... she has help immensely with this research... it was better than actually working wasn't it Shelagh).
I don't have a job there yet, but my girlfriend does, and I have people up there keeping their ears open and putting in good words for me.
If you would like to look at the adventure ahead, view the driving directions at http://maps.google.ca/maps?oe=UTF-8&hl=en&tab=wl&q=

Well, I think that's enough for today... I will try to update this with words & pictures at every stop. Wish me luck.