Friday, August 19, 2016

Can you find us on the map?

The first month we were here it rained every day. And we noticed that every truck in town was really dirty. The people driving the trucks work in the oil or natural gas industry, or the lumber industry. They drive on dirt roads, which in rainy season, are mud.

This is our car. We drive on regular roads. Where the lumber trucks pass by our house, they leave a muddy trail. When we drive through that section, it splashes on the car.

This truck in our complex is in the oil industry. His truck was only half dirty this day.

We have also noticed that a lot of people in Grande Prairie play golf. Hey, why not? It doesn't get dark until 10:00 PM and that is in the middle of August. Note that almost every vehicle at the country club is a truck.

This is the first aisle at the Grande Prairie Country Club.

This is the second aisle at the Grand Prairie Country Club.

This is the third aisle at the Grand Prairie Country Club.

This is the overflow at the Grande Prairie Country Club.

There was some kind of tournament on this particular Friday. We didn't see anyone golfing. It was raining. There was a hospitality tent with a lot of people waiting. 

We are going to give you an idea where we live. It is quite a unique place.

In the middle of town, the blue sign at the top tells which way to go to Alaska. The mile 0 of the Alaskan Highway is in Dawson Creek 1.5 hours away. But Grand Prairie is the start of the Alaskan Highway. There is only one road to Dawson Creek. 

Now I am going to show you where we live.

The driveway by the white car is going in to Canfor Lumber Industries.
This picture above is the driveway into Canfor.

In both pictures above, Elder Brown is pointing to our apartment building. It is the yellow one on the end. We are at the intersection of the logging road going into Canfor.

These two pictures show the dirt road that is the logging road. It is one way arriving at  Canfor and is almost 200 miles long.

This is a close up of our apartment building. Our apartment is at the opposite end of this building. That gas station is on the other side of our parking lot.

This view from our little patio is looking south. It is the parking lot of the gray apartment building you could see when Elder Brown was pointing. Just beyond that little white shed is a grassy berm. That is where the logging road is. I thought I had a picture of the logging trucks going by, but I guess I erased them. It was always raining and the pictures didn't turn out that good. I'll put one in next time.

This is a Google Map of our area.,+AB/@55.1573417,-118.8168097,1805m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x5390914965fb9b97:0x60726bc60c9e6409!8m2!3d55.1699396!4d-118.7986152

Copy and paste this url address into your browser. It will come up with an aerial view of our neighborhood.  You can see where it says Canfor Industrial. Cross streets at the West edge is 84 Ave. The street on the South is 108 St. It is an old picture, The corner of that intersection is an empty strip which is now a little shopping center. You can see the road that is Canfor Hauling Road. Then there is a building, a vacant lot, and another building. Our apartment is in the vacant lot between the two buildings (55.155589, -118.814639). What you are seeing on the Canfor sight are huge stacks of big logs. The really long white building is the sawmill. In front of that building are stacks and stacks and more stacks of 2x4s. All of the buildings on the South side of 108 are industrial businesses. Very few of them have asphalt parking lots.The area west of our apartment, is residential. If you zoom in, you can see the piles of logs. They are really tall stacks. That place is big. Triple trailer trucks move along that road all day, every day. Probably not Sunday, but we are never here to see.

It has been awhile since we have posted to the blog. We need to fill you in on what we are doing. Stay tuned, it will be coming soon. We love you all and think about you and pray for you always.

Sister Brown, Robyn, Mom, and Grandma

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