A month ago today we said goodbye to the Ontario we called home
Standing on the road that leads into our building. We're in the building on the left, our complex includes all of the buildings on that side of the photo. The inukshuk that marks the entrance to the parking area is dead ahead, to the right there are the pretty colorful buildings that've been in a few photos already and in the distance you can see the Con Mine tower- kinda looks like a little red dot. Tin Can Hill is in the background across the photo.
It is COLD. And it's not even properly cold yet, lol. It's around -10 with a windchill that's got our temperature hovering around -16 today.... and R's decided that today's the day he's going to fix the truck. Well, not really. He installed something called a battery pad under his battery- it's basically a hard core heating pad that helps keep your battery from freezing, yeah that's actually a concern up here. That, along with replacing the interior plastic bits and pieces that were removed for a good post road trip deep cleaning, meant that I was standing around out in said cold for around 10 minutes... R was out for probably a good hour in total. Eesh.
Huzzah! I love getting mail, even flyers are okay, and today I got a package from home!
So now I'm sitting here with a delicious cup of tea, courtesy of mum and David's Tea. Mmmmm!
I'd forgotten the shoes that contained my orthotics in the back of the car when we were leaving Ontario so she included those, along with some delicious, delicious chocolate. Nothing like getting a package!
We are, truly. I've got a pot of potato leek soup on the stove for lunch, this morning we wandered downtown to visit the book store after doing our standard... hot caffeinated beverage + HGTV thing and R's currently out cleaning his truck.
Our bed arrived this week... huzzah! No more air mattresses! We've found a few good items on YK trader (like Kijiji but for Yellowknife) which is really helping with the whole, making it feel more homey thing. Our coffee table was the best find so far... $20 and it's actually kind of pretty.
I turned 24 on Wednesday, we didn't really do much for it but it was a good birthday overall. Lots of texts, emails and facebook messages were sent my way and R made a cake + dinner for me. Nothing fancy, but his birthday is less than a week away so we're going to do dinner out then... perhaps we'll find a good thai place around here!
A lot has happened since I last posted. The delay happened for a very good reason... we moved out of our hotel on Tuesday morning... and into our apartment Tuesday night! Internet didn't happen until a full week later but it happened so I'm happy.
It's a cute little place... okay it's probably twice the size of the place I had in Guelph. 2 bedrooms (one for anyone who'd like to visit. I'll feed you, AND you have a bedroom with a door available!), 1 bathroom, in suite laundry and a full kitchen WITH a dishwasher. And a full sized fridge... huzzah. We're in a nice complex which backs onto an area called Tin Can Hill- great for walks and hiking... R also saw a bear there on one of our first nights in. Wildlife is never far away here... so far we've seen a fox and a bear within a 1 minute walk of our front door.
Well, we've been in Yellowknife for 2 full days now and in that time we've accomplished quite a bit. I'll break it down into segments so that I don't start to ramble.
A few people asked why my posts were always so short... click on the words, 'Read More' at the bottom right- there's usually a lot more to read. Also, if you see some purple words in the body of the text try clicking on them... it'll usually be a link to whatever I'm talking about.
Well, as with any move, our first few nights have been spent in a hotel. Ours is The Explorer Hotel on 49th. If you've ever asked mum about hotels in YK (aka Yellowknife) she'll tell you about beef dips in the restaurant with the round fireplace... that'd be the one in the picture on the left. While it's no longer wood burning it's still almost always lit... and the food's still pretty good. The garlic in my wild mushroom linguine was slightly overpowering but rob's braised beef ravioli in sage brown butter sauce was delicious. Oh- and they serve tea that's NOT Red Rose. All over Canada they give you Red Rose if you ask for tea and we're both pretty sick of it at this point.
Oh- and yes, I do like the view from our room.
Well, it was an eventful yet mind numbing drive. We saw the one and only moose of the trip just south of the NWT boarder... she was young and fairly small (for a moose) and didn't have any antlers. Kind of disappointing... especially after what was probably thousands of signs warning you to watch for moose. Rob didn't want to stop so the only photos I have of her are somewhat blurry.
Once we'd seen the moose it was on to the boarder, as always the goal was to get photos of each of us at the sign... We both felt that this one was particularly important. Well... Rob has
So high level is, for lack of a better word, tiny. Like, the best place to eat in town is a Boston Pizza kind of tiny. The drive up was long but un-eventful, Rob saw his first live coyote... he's decided that they're cute. Saying goodbye to civilization was harder than expected, but I know that'll get easier.
A few great views, a few interesting sights... but that's about it. There's one long day left before we get to Yellowknife and I've gotta say, I'm ready to finish the road trip part of the adventure and start the actual living part. There's not much else to say, so I'll direct you to the photos from the day and sign off.
There's nothing quite like a room with a view. We got into Edmonton around 5pm on October 1st and were delighted to find that unlike the last view of a rooftop and highway, this room has an awesome view. Fairly sure I have too many photos of it now.
Well, first up... the West Edmonton Mall. We wandered around for a while, shopped for some birthday gifts and had dinner while we were there. Not too exciting, but we were tired and we'd stroked off the landmark that everyone asks about in one evening.
After wandering around downtown Edmonton on foot today we stopped for lunch at the Blue Plate Diner. Mac and Cheese, a beer, a meatloaf sandwich and a rootbeer float were ordered, all of which were delicious. The mac and cheese could have used some work- the sauce tasted almost floury at times, and the beer could have been colder... not to mention David who seemed to enjoy lollygagging about in the back instead of retrieving food from the pass (I watched it sit for 5 minutes) or being remotely prompt with the beverages. The meatloaf sandwich, however, was absolutely delicious and I've come to the conclusion that I've got to re-create it at home. Roasted onion aioli and house made bbq sauce? Yes please! Overall though.... I'd probably give it a 2/5 and I wouldn't go back until I'd tried and vetoed a few more local lunch type places.