We were lucky to get out of Yellowknife when we did. The road opened the morning we left and closed down again the next day. Our drive out was relatively uneventful, aside from spotting several herds of buffalo (wood bison) along the road side in the fire-affected areas of Highway 3 between Yellowknife and Fort Providence. Wood bison are the largest terrestrial animals in North America, with large males weighing over 2000 lbs. We saw at least 50 wood bison in several different groups.
We drove home in three days rather than the four it took us to drive to Yellowknife. Three days for the journey between Yellowknife and Portland is quite manageable with two drivers. The drive through Jasper and Mt Robson National Parks is particularly spectacular. In fact, it is quite spectacular all the way from there to the US border, and beyond. Unfortunately, we didn't take the time to stop and explore, or take pictures, as we were hurrying back to catch my mother, sisters, brother-in-law and nephew, who had come over from England to take a vacation at our house in Beaverton.
Thank you to everyone who followed our trip! Now, what should we do next?