Short Drive

Trip Start Jul 27, 2010
Trip End Jun 28, 2012

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Provincial Park

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Friday, July 16, 2010

 We had read ahead on the Milepost guide and decided that since this is part of the most scenic area of the Alaska Hwy we would do short jaunts and enjoy it. I also felt since it was in the more mountainous part of the Hwy we should go slower, as chest pain in the navigator seat is hard for the driver! Since Ken is now able to snug up the sway bars tighter I have to say it has been a smoother ride, it has just been windy, and wind sucks when you're pulling a camper.

It turned out to be a cloudy day, oh go figure, they all have been lately. I would like to see the sun again. Really, my Turks & Caicos / Vegas tan is fading fast!!!! Although as a sidebar I did notice that I was much more tan that anyone else at the back at the Banff Hotsprings :). And I don't think that I have mentioned that while we were on this trip, back in the states somewhere, we did make reservations to go to Maui in January.  We figure in the middle of the dark cold Alaskan winter, a week of warm Hawaiian weather will do us good.

We are on the look out for the elusive moose -  I think that they have all been locked up in zoosl. We past something brown really quick and it took Ken like 1/2 a mile to come to a stop so we could walk back to it and Allison's flip flops were so loud they ran into the trees before I could get a picture so I don't know if it was an elk, or deer, or moose, but it does not count!

Farther down the road - beautiful landscape - we drove through the Muncho Lake area which is a really big provincial park area - the lake is an incredible blue/green (and cold) - and it is getting more rock cut valley than it has been in a while, it's been mostly rolling green mountain. This was supposed to be the spot for looking for the stone sheep

There are multiple notations in our Milepost book about caribou, moose, stone sheep - like the bloody animals are going to stampede the car - We saw one group of Wood Bison at the side of the road (or buffalo, biggest free roaming herd in North America is here) they really don't care that cars are there. There are a crap load of Ravens too (Ravens are like crows but with bigger heads).

I think we haven't seen any moose because we sleep in. Really some of these crazy people get up at the crack of dawn (now remember the crack of dawn is like at 4:30 a.m.) and leave - because when I get up for the first morning trip to the bathroom (that is the bathroom in my own camper and not some strange vault toilet) - half of these people are gone - and after I lay back down until the normal oh say 9:30 a.m. wake up time - most of whatever camping area we are in is deserted - so that's my theory - the moose are out a lot earlier than we are up.

Had a great time at the hot springs - first time I've ever been in natural hot springs (hey, they are HOT) - really good since there are no showers - and while I can't get a hairbrush through my hair it is pinned up and Ken said you would never know that it is a kinky mess and I do feel clean. Nice wooded sites and no one looking in my windows. We made s'mores by the campfire. This was probably the worst bug area though - Ken even put Off on which he normally never does.

We tried some fishing. Had run into a guy (there is always some random guy) who said "go over the bridge and take a right on the dirt road and if the yellow fly doesn't work try bacon". No fish but we had a good time. The place he sent us to was on a dirt trail that we walked in on. It was where a smaller river drained into to Liard River. Really nice spot. Found a couple of campsites in the woods that are obviously used by the locals, just cleared areas with firerings made of stones, but nice spots.

Then we found a little waterfall hike in the Milepost and went and checked that out. Only about 5 miles away from us, right off the road so after parking the car we headed up the trail. Found another little local gathering place with old chairs and a fire ring. I had wondered what everyone did for fun around here, they obviously like to sit in the woods and have a little campfire. Waterfall was nice, not huge, but taking a little walk was nice (it only took about 10 minutes to walk into the falls).

All and all we liked our spot but as we sat there on the second night Ken and I realized we were a little antsy to put some mile behind us - we have had a slow pace lately - school starts in a month - we've been looking at rentals online but  we can't call anyone about any of the houses we've seen because we have no cell service.  We want to do Denali and are already 5 weeks into this - it's more miles if we do it - so we need to go - we are going to put some mile behind us tomorrow. If we get up.
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amy on

nice sprinkler allison!!!!!!!! love it so sorry no moose yet they heard you were coming and may have been afraid of the dead chicken! miss you all

Chris Scott on

Oh no Ken is teaching Allison some of his crazy tricks!!!!

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