Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Last night, we toured the outside of the museum in Fort Nelson, British Columbia. They have quite a display of old equipment and tools as well as an old post office building. It was 9:00 pm and still very light outside. It didn’t become dusk then dark until after 10:00 pm. Our solar panels are loving all this daylight and we are running the refrig. off batteries during daylight hours instead of using our propane. We’re just closely monitoring the batteries.
Drove north about 18 miles outside of Fort Nelson. The visitor center has sign saying no overnight parking and we were told it was due to a city ordnance. There was already a motor home parked for the night in the rest area (mile marker 318.7). We pulled as far from the road as we could and oriented the RV to be next to a little stream outside our windows. It was very quiet there last night and we woke this morning to a beaver swimming up the stream. The temp. this morning was 41 degrees F. and at 6:00 am it looked like the middle of a sunny day.
Driving the Alcan Hwy.
Using the “Milepost” is very helpful while driving the Alcan. Somehow had the mistaken idea that there were frequent mileposts along the side of the road. Not so. Milepost signs are only every occational and can read Killometers from Dawson Creek or miles from Dawson Creek (milepost “0″). We drive slow. Very slow. There are quite a few trucks on the road and they are always in a hurry so we move over for them. Cars and RVs are also in a great hurry. The cars, I get, maybe just locals going home. The RVs in such a hurry well maybe they’re on vacation and it is all about the destination. Otherwise, we hope folks slow down and enjoy the trip, it is too stressful to hurry. We’ve seen a lot of wildlife along the side of the road that others have raced by and didn’t get to see at all. Today, there were quite a few Stone Sheep , Bison and Caribou along the side of the road grazing. We looked for bear but only saw one and he didn’t stick around for a photo op.
The Canadian Rockies are still decorated with snow but the roads are clear. Many of the rivers and lakes are still partially frozen. Speaking of roads, so far, they have been fine though 6% and 8% grades, S curves, and unguarded steep drop-offs are plentiful but seem not too bad (this pronouncement from a real ‘fraidy cat’).
A bicycle rider was up in the Canadian Rockies today. So Jerry and I think of ourselves as pretty low maintenance and we thought that planning this trip to Alaska was daunting. I can’t imagine planning to do anything like this on a bike, much less actually doing it!!! Don’t know where he is headed but to ride a bike over the Canadian Rockies is amazing in any ones book.
We ate lunch today with a view of the beautiful, partially frozen Moncho Lake outside our window. The color of the lake is a beautiful blue/green that they say is caused by copper leaching into the water. The Provincial Park campground at Moncho Lake charges $16.00 Canadian/night and while there are no hook-ups, many of the campsites back up to the lake. After we left Moncho Lake it started to rain… a cold, gray rain and we’re on our way to go swimming.
Liard River Hot Springs
“Who, in their right mind, goes swimming in rainy, 54 degree F. weather?” this from my logical husband. Well, we do and did. The walk to the Hot Springs is a good 10 minutes on a board walk and so worth it. The smell of sulfur is the first thing you notice, then the steam. There are changing rooms but we had put our suits on under our clothes and got into the Hot Springs on the “cooler” side which is the left side of the pool. The water is clear and you can see right to the bottom and the water is ever changing so it is “clean”. It felt wonderful to these old bones and we met some lovely people there. This is something I would gladly do again especially this time of year when it is so uncrowded.
Every hour or so you hear a very loud BANG. Turns out the rangers are working on “bear adverse conditioning”. We heard two bangs in a row when we arrived and again about one hour later. So does that mean they saw a bear or two and were scaring him away?
Watson Lake, Yukon
We made it to the Yukon!!! Arrived this evening, exhausted. Will do all the touristy things tomorrow. From Laird River Hot Springs to Watson Lake we saw a couple of dozen black bear. One was a mama and her two cubs. Lots of good memories made today.