Moo. (photo by Laura)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (and happy birthday to our friend Brianna, if she’s out there… somewhere)

We finally closed the doors and ripped out of our driveway at 12:00 noon Friday, March 16, 2012. We had planned to leave Grande Prairie on Thursday night to start our 3-week road trip adventure, however work and other obligations held us back.

We drove for 11 and a half hours only stopping twice to fill up the gas and once for dinner at 10:30pm in Lethbridge. Chris did all the driving! He’s a machine.

We thought we’d take a few photos to capture the first day of our trip. From deer, to cows to magnificant home made chocolate-chip cookies from our friend Erika, the road trip is off to a wonderful start.

Here’s what we spent to drive the 1,060 kilometers we drove yesterday.

Gas $28.86 (tank was half empty, we filled up in Valleyview, AB)
chips $4.99
2 sandwiches $12.58
2 coffees $3.38
2 pieces of chicken $4.38
tea $1.29
1 coffee & candy $3.00
Gas $53.67 (tank was completely empty. We filled up in Cochrane, AB)
Total: $111.95

On one tank of gas our Nissan Sentra 2002 drove 571 kilometers from Valleyview to Cochrane. The Comfort Inn in Shelby, Montana cost $90 US dollars. Okay, enough info for those of you who are considering driving accros Canada and the U.S., let’s look at some photos!

Oh, deer. (photo by Laura)

Our friend Erika gifted us with a bag of really chocolatey chip cookies. Sooo good. It's like eating a chocolate chip sandwich, as Chris said.

Somewhere outside Cochrane, AB. (photo by Chris)

Somewhere outside Cochrane, AB. (photo by Chris)

If you lived here, you'd already be home. (photo by Chris)

Last of the light in the foothills of the canadian Rockies. We drove another 5-6 hours after this was taken... (photo by Chris)