Day 83 - Drive to Ft.Nelson/Day 84 - Laird Hot sp.

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 21/Day 83 - Drive to Ft. Nelson from Dawson Creek - 280 miles.

Today we started on the Alaska Highway.  We started our drive on the highway in a heavy fog.  Half the time it looked like we were going to drive right into the clouds and fog.  Not great when you have a long drive ahead of you.   I am ever on the lookout for bear, caribou, moose, elk, I'm even happy lately with the jack rabbit the raced across the road and today I think it was a chipmunk..WHERE or WHERE are the big guys?  Others in our group to see all kinds of things.  I did see a momma black bear and two cubs, but it was so far away I didn't take a picture.

We see evidence of the pipeline along the road.  The traffic on this road is very minimal.  I figured we would be seeing a lot more - good for us, though.  Probably when we finally get to Alaska it will be a much different story.

By late morning the fog is gone and it is partly could and 64 degrees.  Unfortunately the only big animal I saw today was an elk that was killed on the road (mmmm mmmmm good!), but we have a weight issue in the coach, so I left her to the Raven that was already helping himself.  Yuk!!

We pass the Muskwa River which is the lowest point on the Alaska Highway at 1,000 feet.

The rain has started again and will continue into the night. 

June 22/Day 84 - We start our travels in the RAIN - we have 191 miles to go today and we are hoping for better weather.  We travel over the summit of Mt. Steamboat at 3,500' and it is totally fogged in...can you see our weather pattern - not good!  At the base of this mountain we run into a major road construction and we are help up of 20 minutes and when it is our turn to move, we are taken by a truck some 5 miles as we go past a couple of different construction project.

They keep mentioning "Rock Sheep" warning - the only stone I see is on the mountains!!!  Where or Where has my little Lamb gone???  Not here apparently!!

There is a place along the route famous for their sticky buns and all the coaches seem to be stopped at this point.  And, they were good!!  After our break we travel over Summit Pass at 4250' and this is the highest point on the Alaska Highway - See I am having my Highs and my Lows!!

Just before we get to the Laird Hot Springs campground we encounter Buffalo on the road in a large herd of about 100.  These are called "Wood Bison" and are a slightly different version and at the moment protected not endangered - although with that few, I'm surprised they are not...but we did see lots of babies, so I guess they are doing pretty well.

We are on mile marker 496 on the Alaskan Highway, so we are moving along nicely!  We did make it to the hot springs (sorry no pics of that) in the early evening after a break in the rain.  They are a natural hot springs - very picturesque - and nice and hot!!!   
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Pamela on

Rain, fog, clouds. Welcome to the great Northwest, the story of my life. Now you know why we moved to Hilton Head!!!

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