To Muncho Lake, British Columbia

Trip Start May 08, 2012
Trip End Jun 02, 2012

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012 we awoke to about 150 seagulls squawking and making noise at 4:00 a.m.. The sun was up and they don't seem to be able to tell time.   We got up at 6 and left camp at just before 7.  We were hoping to get an early start to see animals and get most of the driving behind us early today. We are heading to Muncho Lake, BC.  We drove from Fort St. John to Fort Nelson about 240 miles and we saw 1 (yes One!) building along the road.  It was a gas station/restaurant, truck stop.  No Starbucks on this road.   We went several miles without seeing cars or anything.  However, the things that we did see were lots of oil trucks or trucks hauling road building equipment or other heavy machinery.  When we arrived at Ft. Nelson, there were two large energy companies in that town.  So you can see that this is a heavy drilling, piping area. 

We did see some long narrow aluminum type buildings that look like mobile homes which is housing for the work crews that are up here.  Otherwise there are no visible homes from the road.  In the afternoon, we drove another 200 miles and saw one town.  It was Toad River and they actually had electricity and street lights.   Tonight we are staying at the Northern Rockies Lodge RV parking area.  It is a beautiful facility built by a German couple and it is self contained with its own generator.  They get supplies twice a week brought in by truck and by air in the winter..  The price of gas and the additional gas taxes that have been added in recent years make everything up here VERY expensive.  Fortunately, we don’t need gas at this moment.

Today the geography changed nearly hourly.  Plains, prairie, hills, tree covered hills, mountains, streams and lakes.  We are driving north so we were driving parallel to the mountains most of the day.  When we stopped at the Lodge we were in Muncho Lake ( the deepest and I think the largest lake in BC) which is a beautiful green glacial lake nestled in the snow capped mountains.  It still had ice on it, but while we were there the wind came up and blew half of the ice off the lake.  The temperature is very interesting also.  When the sun is out you can be quite warm because we are getting closer to the sun as we go.  In the daytime the sun is warm (we did see snow and a few rain spells again today as well as sunshine), but when the sun goes down or behind a cloud, you need a jacket.  Therefore, we are layered and removing and putting on layers all the time.  At night it gets cold enough that the furnace runs especially in the early morning. 

I, personally, have not seen dark in three days.  We are now going to bed about 9:45 and getting up at 6 a.m.  We like to get an early start so we can see animals.  I get up about 4:30 to use the bathroom and it is light enough to read a book.  Ritchie tells me, however, that at 1 a.m. it is quite a bit darker.  The sun may go behind the mountains (or set) at 10 p.m. but it never gets terribly dark.  Therefore, my body just goes to sleep when it is tired.  The evenings are long and a wonderful time to read or work on the blog.   I did laundry tonight for fun. 

We didn’t see many animals today, but we have seen lots of signs telling us what to look for and we continue to see their piles along the edge of the road.  The forests are quite dense so the road is the place they come for sunshine.  This sign is an example of the signs we see bearing horses, caribou, bison, moose and bears. 
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