Welcome to the first day of Fall
Laura works on the trip report
About the only interesting thing in the first 40 miles (27.3 Newtons) was ginseng farms. Apparently, the climate is just dandy for growing oriental roots with healthful benefits. Although they do have to cover them with large black tarps (they get too much sun, here?).
It's a small world....
Mile 552; 1:20 PM
He's put together entire little villages around the trains and
populated them with little people, cars, horses, and in some cases,
whatever extra figures he had hanging around (which is, we suppose,
how a cowboy on a horse and a Latvian milkmaid ended up outside
the manger adoring baby Jesus).
Every single exhibit (except for the baby Jesus one) had a train
running through it (and we bet he wanted to put a train in there
somewhere, but his wife most likely drew the line at that). You
push a button and the trains start up and run for three minutes
and then go back to sleep.
It was quiet and a little bit musty as though few people came
by to see this guy's life work. Yet everything was running and
neat, and we had the feeling that he was probably off in a workshop
nearby, surrounded by the tiny fragments of his next creation.
Every single exhibit (except for the baby Jesus one) had a train running through it (and we bet he wanted to put a train in there somewhere, but his wife most likely drew the line at that). You push a button and the trains start up and run for three minutes and then go back to sleep.
It was quiet and a little bit musty as though few people came by to see this guy's life work. Yet everything was running and neat, and we had the feeling that he was probably off in a workshop nearby, surrounded by the tiny fragments of his next creation.
A tiny Canadian mining town
Wait a minute--it's only Fall!
Fortunately, Yukon Laura made us pack our warm jackets and mukluks, and we had plenty of extra chow for the dogs.
Robert decided that since this was the first snow of the season (at least for us), it had to be magical. Laura thinks he's listened to "Frosty The Snowman" at heart-stopping volume a few too many times. Robert's magical ritual involved running around in the snow, getting soaked, catching snowflakes on his tongue, and kissing, most of which Laura watched from the car (except for the kissing part).
A Golden halt
We were so excited to see a 7-11, we stopped for the night. Not at the 7-11 (they were booked), but at some hotel trying to capture that British flavour. Since our idea of British flavor is Irish Coffee, this works fine for us.
Once in our room, Robert discovered that the frozen treat he had bought back at the stop in the snow (don't ask), stored in his jacket pocket, and forgotten during the kissing part was now mostly thawed. Laura thought about putting the jacket, with Robert in it, back outside to wait for it to freeze again, but Robert managed instead to drink most of the ice cream bar while standing over the bathroom sink.
This place has so much class, the TV in the bar was playing CBC (the Canadian version of PBS) when we walked in. We were learning about the exciting fur tanning industry. Fun and Educational! All of our goals are being met right here in a bar. Hmm...
Our kind of breakfast
More on Canadian signs
"It is unlawful to feed wildlife."
What a polite way to say "DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS DICKHEAD!!!" It also encourages everyone who reads the sign to get involved. ("Excuse me, sir, but you seem to be engaged in some unlawful activities, there, eh?" "Oh gosh, so I am! Sorry about that, eh?" "No problem, eh? Have a beer!" "Have a beer yourself!")
Canadian language lesson
In today's lesson, you will learn how to conduct a simple conversation in Canadian. Although Canadian sounds similar to English, there are some differences, that can lead to embarrassment if you are not careful.
Practice saying these phrases out loud. It may help if you have a beer in your hand while you practice. The translation for each phrase is shown in parentheses following the Canadian phrase.
Good day, eh? (Hello)
Good day, yourself, eh? (Hello!)
Have a beer, eh? (How are you doing?)
Have a beer yourself, eh? (Fine, and you?)
These are good beers, eh? (The weather looks good.)
Yup! These are fine beers (Yes, although it might rain, later)
How's your truck doin'? (How are your wife and children?)
Not as good as these beers, eh? (They are in good health and spirits.)
These are sure good beers! (Well, I better be going)
The best, eh? (It has been nice talking to you!)
Have a beer, eh? (Goodbye)
Have a beer, yourself! (Goodbye)
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