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Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #1 – Beaumont to Jasper

NOTE: This post contains slideshows and if you are reading it on your phone, it is best viewed direct from the SITE, rather than in the READER.

All photographs were taken during our July 19, 2021 travel day.

Full disclosure: Even though my tag is on all the photos, all of the photos taken while we were driving were taken by my Patty. Did she not do a fine job?

As we set off, the smoke from the B.C. forest fires tinged the morning sky a dull orangey grey. The acrid smell was less than it had been in the past few days, but, we would be driving through one of the main wildfire corridors for the next 2 days.

We opted to take the Northern route to B.C. along the Trans Canada North (Yellowhead Highway 16 in Alberta). This is a route we have neglected in the past, but it has the lowest pass summit elevation through the Rocky Mountains and is a half hour shorter in travel time and proved to be a good choice.

As we drove West, the Monday morning rush hour traffic was heavy all the way out to the Highway 43 interchange (North to Grande Prairie and Alaska), but it slowly thinned out beyond that point. The rumble of our tires on the road soon settled down to a dull roar, as we rolled on towards Edson and our first coffee recycling stop.

The Happy??? travelers.

Here, we reach the highest point on the Yellowhead, the Obed summit between Edson and Hinton.

We pressed on through Hinton and soon saw the Rocky Mountains ahead, through the smoky haze. They were still a good sight and meant we were nearing our lunch stop. The last slide shows a peak known as Pochahontas, as it resembles the profile of a First Nations chief looking up at the sky.

Next stop, the Park Gates. As we already had our Parks pass and displayed it on our mirror, we were able to drive right on through to our lunch stop……to be continued….


Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

12 thoughts on “Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #1 – Beaumont to Jasper

    1. I agree. It was eerie for sure. Ahhhhh, ding, ding, ding. The first person to ask the question. We were taking a portable A/C unit to our son in Vancouver. The best way to get it there was buckled into the back seat. It was a godsend during the recent Vancouver heat wave. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. Those smoky sky photos are so real! I have taken photos like that on summer road trips in California when fires have gone on. It can get super eerie! Hope there weren’t any roadblocks because of the fires

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      1. One thing I learned is to be prepared for all possibilities. Plus, if you’re driving through an area that just had a wildfire, you never forget it

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  2. She did a very good job of taking photos, Allan! Just seeing you on the road makes me think how amazing it would be to drive from Victoria all the way to St. John’s! Even though the Trans-Canada Highway officially starts in Victoria, starting in Tofino would make for a one big, proper trip 🤗 thanks for sharing and have a good day ☺️ Aiva xx

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    1. I agree. As to driving across Canada, we did Beaumont to Cape Breton and back in 2018. This return trip was over 17,000 km and we did it in 2 months. In the fall previous, we drove from Beaumont to Vancouver and back, so in theory, we have driven across the whole mainland in one 12 month period. It is a big country. Would we do it again? probably not. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan


    1. I do like a road trip, especially when we have been stuck so close to home for so long. Likely comes from when I used to put 40,000 km a year on for my job. Thanks for reading Scott. Hope you and family are well. Allan

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