Monday, June 14, 2010

Catching Up

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We left Sangudo (and the tractor parade) and headed for Dawson Creek in British Columbia, Canada.  It was an uneventful drive if you don’t count all the dips in the road.  I guess that’s the opposite of the frost heaves we’ll encounter in Alaska.  We thought we were going to stay 3 days in Dawson Creek but when we got there we found out there’s really nothing to do there.  We took the obligatory pictures of “Mile 0” of the Alaska Highway.  This is where it officially starts.  It was constructed during World War II and ends at Delta Junction, Alaska at mile 1422.  It’s also considered to be part of the Pan American Highway which ends in Argentina but that’s not official.

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This is the official sign in the middle of downtown

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This is the one constructed later by the Visitor’s Center

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We left early this morning at a little after 9:00.  WAY early for us but we had a 300 mile drive today to Ft Nelson.  Not exactly the way I wanted to spend my birthday but it WAS a beautiful drive.  We were also on the hunt for wildlife.  For about 200 miles all we saw was a deer and then we saw a dead moose on the side of the road.  That was sad to see.  There are warnings all along the highway about being careful not to hit wildlife. 

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This is pretty much what the entire 300 mile drive looked like

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Then we FINALLY saw a bear on the side of the road!!!  He paid no attention to us and it was obvious he was VERY hungry.

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He even took time to scratch an itch

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Then went back to his meal

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We made it FINALLY to Fort Nelson where we’ll stay for the night and head out tomorrow for Liard River.

DSC_0035   We were thinking about going all the way to Watson Lake but decided we didn’t want another 300 plus mile trip two days in a row.  We’ve also heard the roads get worse from here on out.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my, that bear looks soooooo close!!!!

-Karianne

Speedy said...

Keep showing pictures of the roads. I think that is why people don't travel that direction. The picture you posted looks like good pavement...Would like to see how it looks on further north. Have fun

Mark and Dortha said...

Hope you had a great birthday. I loved the pictures of the bear.

Travel safe and keep the pictures coming!

Anonymous said...

have fun the scenery is so beautiful from there on.

Travel Safe my friends

Brenda

Happytrails said...

What a beautiful place and you are just getting started. Looking forward to more great pics!

Love the bear!! :)

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)
http://freedom2roll.blogspot.com

Jim and Dee said...

Thanks for the pictures! That bear looked really close! Just to think we can be there too in a couple years (hopefully). Be safe and have the camera ready.

Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

Like Speedy, we like the pictures of the roads, like we were driving behind you. We all dream of taking the trip, and you are in a way fulfilling our dreams as well with your photos and descriptions. Keep up the good blog work, and thankyou.