Along the way we stopped to see various historic markers, waterfalls, and scenic overlooks. Noel AKA Eagle Eye is great at spotting wildlife, including bald eagles in far away trees! As we continue north the weather is getting cooler, the daylight is now up to 21 hours a day and spring wildflowers are blooming everywhere!
A cute country chapel
Oh, yawn, you know, just another friggin' BALD EAGLE!
How awesome is he???
Driving into the mountains
Learning about the Alaska Highway
I have like a ZILLION pictures and around each corner was more beautiful scenery - no wonder we are only averaging 200 miles a day - between the steep climbs, 10% downhill grades, pee stops and photo stops it takes a while to get anywhere.
Even lilacs are just now blooming here!
competition, and the winning sculptures are displayed all along
the main drag. They were incredible!
Some murals along the building walls in Dawson Creek - there are murals all over the city.
The grain elevator gallery
This old grain elevator has been turned into
an art gallery in Dawson Creek.
The stellar jay is the official bird of British Columbia. Aren't they pretty?
Mountains still have snow on top
Just another beautiful view. There are lakes and rivers everywhere!
Another stellar jay
Wildflowers in bloom
I didn't know Virginia Bluebells bloomed this far north! Pretty!
It was funny, the visitors center took our picture, getting our picture
taken, and put it on their Facebook Page.
Another mural in Dawson Creek
There was a pioneer village next to the campground in Dawson Creek, and get this, it was "By Donation" - and the buildings were all open, with all kinds of things out on display, with no staff or security. Unheard of in the U.S.! Why they would have been vandalized and stolen in a heartbeat in the states!
The General Store
Look at me! I'm back in school!
I took these in the "sewing room" because it made me think of
my Sew Dayton friends!
Miss you girls!
Once we left Dawson Creek, the terrain changed and became a lot more "wilderness". The two lane Alaska Highway, basically THE only road, winds through the mountains and gas stations and towns become few and far between. (and diesel is over $6 a gallon!) And we began to see a LOT more wildlife. The first time we saw a black bear we were like OMG! A bear! photo photo photo photo photo photo....The second time we saw a bear and TRIPLET bear cubs! Cool! Pull off the side of the road and snap, snap, snap, snap, snap a couple dozen bears. By the time we saw our 20th bear it was like, oh look, another bear....keep driving.
We kept seeing wildlife crossing signs - bear crossing, deer crossing, moose crossing, bison crossing, elk crossing, caribou crossing, wolverine crossing....even this:
While in Watson Lake, in the Yukon Province, we were in a thrift store and a man that looked like he was one of the local tribal people, called Noel Sasquatch (jokingly) as he tried to pass Noel in a narrow isle! hahahaha - I think that should be his new nickname!
So we saw lots of stone mountain sheep...
running right down the middle of the road!
We stayed at a nice campground in Williams Lake, and then drove on to Muncho Lake, which was gorgeous!
Double G Campground was super!
The color of the water was like an aquamarine...
It was so hard to capture, but so amazing!
That's where we camped! Right on the water - it was like
living inside a postcard! (along with a zillion mosquitoes!)
We saw a rainbow after a brief shower
There is about 21 hours of daylight here, but I woke up about 1:00 am and couldn't get back to sleep, so I walked over to the lake and took some pictures of the full moon over the water. To my left was the full moon....
But to my right, the sun was already coming up....
I'm having to use a sleep mask to get some sleep because its always so light out its hard to keep track of the time.
So we saw more wildlife the next day....
|These woodland bison are endangered.|
And of course there is beautiful scenery everywhere
An alluvial fan, a geologic formation left by glaciers and ice
Mostly you just see these pine and spruce trees, dotted
with patches of aspen, as far as you can see!
One of the places Junior and Brenda told us we needed to stop was Liard Hot Springs. Good Call! It was great - a natural hot spring spews hot water into a creek and the park system has put in changing rooms and steps and stone benches into the water for people to enjoy. It's like nature's hot tub! The water is a little stinky (think rotten eggs) but felt delicious on my sore muscles and aching back. Ah....a true highlight of the trip!
We stopped at a few of the odd tourist attractions, including the Toad River Lodge with hundreds of hats on the ceiling...
Welcome to the Canadian Province of the Yukon
And in Watson Lake, there is a signpost forest. I guess tourists stop and put up signs, mostly about where they are from, and now there is over 20,000 signs! As a former asst. city manager, I couldn't help but notice how many stolen municipal signs and street signs were nailed up! I can't help it - once a public servant, always a public servant! LOL
Across the street from the sign post forest in Watson Lake was a Northern Lights Theater. I have always wanted to witness the northern lights, but this time of year here in the great northwest there is too much daylight to see them, so this was the next best thing. And we didn't have to stand out in the cold to see them! To my surprise, a picture I took in the theater came out good!
The Yukon wilderness is a bit different than what we were coming through in British Columbia. The trees are shorter and stubbier and the ground is more like what you hear as "tundra", a spongy, mossy dense ground cover and not much grass.
We've seen some funny tee shirts and clever signs in Canada - "Alaska Highway Grill: You kill it, We'll grill it!" and a road sign that said "All those who hate speeding tickets, Raise your right foot!"
In Watson Lake we stayed at a campground by Nugget City, called Baby Nuggets. The campgrounds along this whole route have been pretty bare bones, and because everything is hundreds of miles from any kind of civilization, they are mostly operating on generators and having to truck in supplies. That means things are expensive. I'm talking $6.00 to do a load of laundry, a quart of milk $3.45, and diesel fuel? Don't ask. We've stopped looking.
We will be heading into Alaska by the end of the week. We are in Whitehorse waiting for Noel's sister and brother in law and their friends to meet up with us. They left Dayton, Ohio on June 8th. Till next time, I will leave you with a few more wildlife pics...
So far, the only moose we've seen, but I've got eagle eye with me, so
if they are out there, we'll see one!