Larissa and I travelled to Edmonton a couple of weeks ago to visit my brother, who is attending school there, as well as a few other friends who have become Albertans. We drove the Highway 5 route, and did the trip in a single day each way. That was a little over 11 hours of driving from Larissa’s parents’ place in Langley to Edmonton. On the way back, it was 11 hours to Langley plus an hour to the ferries, 90 minutes on the ferry, and another half hour to get home afterwards. Long days!
The trip was a lot of fun, though, even when it was exhausting. Aside from spending time with my brother and our friends, we made sure to visit the only two landmarks I consider important to Edmonton, the first being West Edmonton Mall and the second being the statue of Wayne Gretzky at Rexall Place (where the Oilers play). We didn’t do anything very exciting at the mall, other than watch a cute sea lion show, and I was actually kind of disappointed with the statue; it has a really goofy expression on its face that you can’t really see when you’re looking at pictures or video of it. But still, now I’ve seen it, so that’s something.
I don’t think we’ll be making that drive again any time soon, but we’re glad we were able to go, and it gave Baby a first within-the-womb travel memory. (That’s how that works, right?)