miCkzilla & keonadot travel - 2008

Vancouver to Halifax (via Canada): miCkzilla & keonadot
Halifax to Vancouver (Via USA): Ma, mickzilla & keonadot

look at us go!!

Saturday, July 23

The West Edmonton Mall

There's a truck in the room..., originally uploaded by mickzilla.

We survived Jasper, and the Mountain Goats - I never did find the part of the park that I paid to get into to - but at least I supported the Park economy none the less.

A short day of driving, just a quick 4 hours and we where into Edmonton. I figured every other street would be "Wayne Gretzky Way" or "Wayne Gretzky Ave." but alas, I was wrong - i guess they never forgave him moving to L.A. We did find Alberta's greatest tourist destination, and the biggest mall in North America. From 1983-2006 it used to be the biggest (by total area) in the world - but China has built 2 bigger since. Apparently communists really like to shop.

The mall area itself didn't seem too big - maybe about the same size as the Metrotown mall in Burnaby, BC - but what did make it massive, was the full Waterpark, Amusement Park, and Hockey Rink located inside. Not to mention the the life-sized replicate of the Santa Maria in the lake located inside. We couldn't do it all - but we did go skating for a hour - it's pretty neat doing that in the middle of a mall.

Since we roughed it last night - i went to check out the "Fantasy Land" hotel that's in the mall - apparently they do theme rooms. Since it was Wednesday, and they had extra "Truck" rooms - we got a deal, and signed up for it. I'm sleeping in the back of a Truck tonight - Keona's sleeping in the cab. The room also has a hottub - go figure.

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  • At July 24, 2008 at 4:15 AM , Blogger mrrob said...

    Glad to see you are getting comfortable sleeping in a garage.

  • At July 24, 2008 at 9:27 AM , Blogger Emily said...

    Two things:
    There IS a Wayne Gretzky Drive in Edmonton. You didn't see it?
    Also, you paid to spend the night in the national park, which you clearly did! :P

  • At July 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM , Blogger syndicated said...

    You spent a night in your car, and now you paid to spend a night in a different car (a truck). Sounds like fun. That truck looks like the one that Buck drove in Kill Bill 2.

    I think some trolls just set up some gates outside the park and said let's charge $9 for anyone who wants to come through here.

    Can't wait for the next episode. I never seen the prairies. :)

  • At July 24, 2008 at 6:46 PM , Blogger katrinkacarolina said...

    We reviewed the fabulous, wonderful pictures of the true adventurers!!
    Carol says...'Looking forward to seeing my handsome nephew/godson and beautiful little Keona!! Drive safely and watch out for the other guy!'
    Take care and God Bless...much Love!!


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