Still in BC but getting closer to Alaska

On June 18 we left Lac La Hache and headed North on the 97. As we were driving along we saw a black bear, then further on 2 more black bears with a cub. We were moving too quickly for me to get a picture.

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As we were driving along the 97 we were impressed with the yellow daisies growing wild alongside the road.


Our next destination was Crooked River Provincial Park. There were lots of mosquitos and the Ranger told us this is the month for them; come July they will be gone.



We went to Chetwynd to do our laundry and what a shock. It was $6 (Canadian) to wash, and 25 cents (Canadian) for 3 minutes drying time. It took quite a long time because the person in charge of the laundromat was using all of the dryers but 2. As we were going to the Visitor Center we came across the chainsaw carvings for which the town is famous . They were unbelievable. The Visitor Center told us last week they had the chainsaw competition and would be putting those new figures out and moving the older ones around the town.

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After doing our laundry we drove to Moberly Lake Provincial Park just outside of Chetwynd. It was very beautiful and quiet but there were still some mosquitos.

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Continuing on the 97 we headed to Dawson Creek, which is Mile 0 for the Alaskan Highway. We stopped at the Visitor Center and took these pictures, thinking this marked Mile 0.




But then we found out that a marker in town really was the official Mile 0 marker so we got a picture of it, as well.


From Dawson Creek we caught the Official Alaskan Highway and headed northwest. We spent the night at Charlie Lake Provincial Park, north of St. John. The lake was really nowhere near the campground, and because it was a Friday it got very busy. It was relatively quiet except for the slight road noise.



It stays light really late, until almost 11:00 pm and it is light again very early in the morning. So John/Zoe and John and I decided to head out at 7:30 and drive until 2:00 which is a good stopping point before most travelers stop, so we get a camping spot. The drive along the Alaskan Highway is long and rather repetitious. You can see from the pictures what we saw all day long. Driving along we saw off to the side of the road a wolf and further along a moose. Once again we were traveling too fast for me to get a picture.

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That night we pulled into the Tetsa River Recreational Area for the night. Lots of mosquitos but overlooks the river and imagine my surprise when John called me out to bring my camera.

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This campground is the first one to give free firewood which makes John happy – he can finally have a campfire. They want 8 dollars a bundle up here at all the other campgrounds.

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Next post Yukon Territory and finally ALASKA!!!!!


Water, water everywhere through British Columbia

We headed into Couer d’Alene, Idaho, and stayed at the Elks. It is a very nice parking area, on grass, and very centrally located.

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The next morning we headed out to Washington, to Grand Coulee Dam where we plan to meet John/Zoe to start out trip to Alaska. We were in Spring Canyon Campground, in the Roosevelt Lake National Park. We weren’t right on the lake, but had a great view of the lake. The area we were in didn’t have any hookups, but Verizon and our satellite worked great. They did have a free dump site.




On June 15, John/Zoe and John and I headed out for our big adventure to Alaska. But before getting to Alaska we had to travel through Canada, and we chose the route through British Columbia. We drove through Washington and passed lots of wineries and cherry trees. But, unfortunately, the cherries weren’t ready yet.

We crossed into British Columbia via the Oroville crossing. It was a very easy crossing; they only asked about firewood, firearms, and liquor. We gave the agent our passports and the dog/cat papers and he never even asked anything about them.



That night we stayed at a wonderful campground called Haynes Point Provincial Park which was right on the water. I had made reservations several months ago and couldn’t have had a better site. I can’t believe all the rivers and lakes we are passing through in British Columbia.



We continued traveling through British Columbia and ended up at Wells Gray Provincial Park, which is the largest park in British Columbia. We spent the night at North Thompson River Provincial Park, no hookups, but very quiet.



The next morning we drove into Wells Gray to the water falls that are famous in the area. It is 27 miles in to the last waterfall off a paved road, so we went all the way in and saw the Spahats Falls, Dawson Falls, and Helmcken Falls. They were the most amazing falls I have ever seen. The Dawson Falls looked like a mini Niagara Falls, the Helmcken Falls were higher than Niagara Falls, and Spahats Falls had a cave with water that was the beginning of the falls. I would highly recommend any one visiting BC to most definitely see these falls. There are actually many more but they were off a dirt road, or too long of a hike. Thanks to Mike S. for telling us about this place.

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Dawson Fall

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Helmcken Falls

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Leaving Wells Gray Park, we drove over the 24, which was a beautiful pass, and ended at the 97 heading north to Lac La Hache Provincial Park. There are no hookups, and quite a few mosquitos, but it is quiet

Next post more from British Columbia and trek to Alaska

Gros Ventre and Beyond

On June 8, we headed towards Gros Ventre at Grand Tetons. Along the way we passed through some beautiful scenery and a great donut shop in Dubois, WY. We had stopped there on a previous trip and couldn’t wait to get back. Their cinnamon twist and cinnamon roll are great. It is called Daylight Donut.

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When arriving at Gros Ventre we were able to get our favorite spot, #36, which has great cell and satellite. The first night 2 moose meandered by the campground, right next to our rig. I couldn’t get a very good picture as the light was really low.

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We stayed there until Sunday, June 8. Leaving the campground we went to do wash at the Missing Sock Laundromat (very appropriate name since I lost a sock this time) and shopping at Smiths Market, which is in the family with King Sooper which we shop at in Colorado.



On our way to the laundromat we went passed a big slide area that was in all the news at Jackson several months ago.  A brand new Walgreens was being built when the slide happened and it came to a halt.




Traveling along the Alpine Junction, which is also Highway 89/26, was a beautiful drive along a huge body of water and river. We found a Mexican Restaurant on Yelp called Morenitas, in Idaho Falls. So we stopped there for lunch and it was wonderful. Chili Relleno the way it used to be made, meat filled tacos, and delicious cheese enchilada. That night we stayed at Beaverhead Campground at Clark Canyon Reservoir. There were a few rigs there, but the price was right – free. We had a great view of the reservoir.\IMG_3400



The next night we camped outside St. Regis, MT, at the Sloway NFS campground. It runs right along the river, but we are more in the huge trees. Each site has a good bundle of firewood. It is a deal at $5 (with the old-age pass). Normally it is $10 a night.  However a train comes through quite a few times a day and blows it’s whistle, plus there is a little road noise from I90.

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Finally on the road again.

After 3 months at the Elks in Westminster, Colorado, it was finally time to move on.



Our first stop was at Cabelas in Lone Tree where we spent the night before taking the LD to Double D Auto Repair, in Castle Rock, CO.   We were having the front wheel bearings repacked. Luckily we were the only rig at Cabelas that night and it was a very nice place to camp. They have a free dump and water



The next night we intended to stay at the Cabelas in Thornton, CO, but when we got there it was rather crowded.  Again, they had a free dump with water. Right next to Cabelas was a huge parking lot for future development. So we stayed there and it was very quiet and no one parked any where in the lot. We had to be here because we had our pre drywall meeting at our new house. It is going to be hard to follow the progress that will be going on while we are away.




We finally started on our big adventure heading to Alaska. First stop we had planned at Chambers Lake in Colorado. We had heard about how much water was in the Poudre River, but couldn’t believe it when we saw it. The rivers were flowing so hard and fast, as you can see from the pictures.



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However, when we got to Chambers Lake it was still closed because of snow. So we drove on and our friends, Ed and Carol, told us about Cowdrey Lakes SWA. This was a great place to park right along a lake, and it was free. There were only 2 other rigs there and it was very quiet.



The next day we drove to Landers City Park, again Ed and Carol told us about this place. It is a beautiful city park, with no specific camp sites. You just drive along the beautiful river and pull next to it. We are so close that we will be able to hear it at night. The night we were there they had a Nature Conservancy fundraiser in the park and had food and blue grass music.




Next stop, Gros Ventre Campground in the Grand Tetons.