Still Looking for Toads.....
Trip Start Jul 27, 2010
45Trip End Jun 28, 2012
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Toad River Lodge & RV Park
Funny thing about the middle of nowhere, I think we have all at one time or another thought that we have been in the middle of nowhere. I now know I had not been there yet, not sure I have yet, but if not I've been really close. If not for the few cars, trucks and campers we've seen I'm not sure I would think we were on an inhibited plant today.
We saw one stone sheep. That's it. All these warnings in our mile by mile book about 'caution - sheep on road" "caution - slow down, moose or caribou or bear" NOTHING!!!!!
So a stone sheep is smaller and a little darker colored that a bighorn sheep with smaller horns - the one we saw was hanging out in the middle of the road
So we got to Toad River. The town airport which is not as long as my block back in Royal Oak is right across the street from the RV resort. The hanger is made out of cloth stretched onto steel supports - there are two little planes parked there. Behind that are a few double wide trailers. Population is REALLY SMALL - they have about 25 kids in the school with 2 full time teachers (that's one school, kindergarden through grade 12) - they say they just close it down when it's to cold to get anything to work (like planes, there are no school buses, private cars, ATV, snowmobiles, and planes are all daily transportation to school, but no buses).
How did Toad River get its name - we have not found any toads. In the lodge (think diner) on the back of the menu it says that when they were buiding the Alaskan Hwy, they employed local trappers and native Canadians (indians) to find the best routes. No one knew much about what was west of Fort Nelson (where we were yesterday) - when the trapper guy found this place he fell in love with the area because of the fantastic big game hunting and laid claim to this spot and opened the first lodge here
The lodge here also claims the worlds largest hat collection. I have personally never seen so many although the girl here doesn't know if it's in any record books. They claim to have more than 7,000. Back of the menu (lots of information on there) says one day the owner and his buddy after having a few adult beverages were sitting around, one guy went to "see a man about a horse" and the other guy staple gunned his hat to the ceiling. The rest is history.
Back on the road tomorrow - cooler up here, usually in the 60's, haven't seen to many sunny days lately, usually rains at some time or another, just got done with about an hour sprinkle, we are only at about 2,400 feet for elevation so not to cold at night, maybe low in the high 40's to the 50's, I was warm last night and kicked off all the covers.
We are in the very northern Rocky Mountains. When we cross into Yukon they will be the Makenzie Mountains. They are not as high, we crossed the highest pass on the Alaskan Hwy today at about 4,200 feet, they do have a few rocky mountains, but most are green, covered in trees and remind me more of the Appalacians
I really did not know I was going to have so much to say about being in the middle of nowhere but there you go. We do have electricity, and wifi (although I have no cell service) - we can't seem to get a fire started so Ken and Allison want to get back to our movie series - we are on the 3rd Alien movie, I think there is one more after this one. We all sit together on our little couch and it's nice and cozy.
So just as I had finished this entry and uploaded all the pictures, Allison and Ken came in after talking to the neighbor and there is a beaver damn just over yonder, so we walked on over, it's almost 10p.m. and while dusk out we can still pretty good - they had damned up a pretty big area and had quite a big lodge, there were 3 beavers out working on it - not sure how great the pics are but am going to send with this entry.