The Bouchers at Home on the Road travel blog

Just the beginning of the beautiful scenes we're seeing.

Good conservation of late 1800s to 1940s Dawson Creek way of life.

What a way to spend part of the day!

Richard 'driving in beauty'.

This curved, wood-paved bridge is on an old section of AK HWY,...

Stone Sheep along the way, near Stone Mtn.

21 July 2006 Friday

Fort Nelson, BC

Fantasy RV Tour Day 3

The group met for the first time on Wednesday, July 19th. We had a group photo taken at the Mile Zero marker in Dawson Creek, complete with RCMP officer in her red serge. We were all camping at the Mile Zero campground, and it turned out we knew a couple of people already from Escapees parks last winter. The group progressed to the George Dawson Inn for our first of many daily briefings, then a very good dinner and a fun talk by someone from the area about the history of Dawson Creek and the building of the Alaskan Highway. We did some quick last minute shopping at the local Safeway (the Safeways in Canada are excellent!), and then back to the campground to be ready for an early departure.

Our departure from Dawson Creek, on the morning of the 20th, was quite orderly. Everyone left between 7 and 8, with the Wagon Master's coach leaving first. The Tail Gunner (mechanic) leaves last. Everyone else can leave when they're ready. It's not necessary to leave before the Tail Gunner, but it sure is a good idea. He'll stop and make sure you're OK if he sees you on the side of the road. So far, we've had one Jeep casualty, and the fellow was going to catch up with us last night. Also, the RV 'window chip' toll for the group is at least 2. We got a small chip in the RV's window coming up the Yellowhead, and had that fixed the day before we left Dawson Creek.

As we travel to the next destination, individual RVers are free to stop wherever they want to eat, rest, or sightsee. We not only do not travel in caravans, but there is a law in Alaska that no more than 5 RVs can travel together. There has to be a certain distance between them, too, which also goes for Canada. Although we're still in BC, it is obviously not a good idea to bunch up, and we only encountered a few of our group during the day.

In our briefing on the first day's travel, we were told about a good place to get blueberry pancakes for breakfast, so most of us stopped there and had a very good breakfast. That held Richard and I until we got to our current site in Fort Nelson at 2: the Fort Nelson Truck Stop and RV Park. We filled up with fuel for the RV: $474+ Canadian - and we have thousands of miles to go!

The Wagon Master (and his wife) do a great job of getting everyone guided to their campsite. We have full hook-ups here (had no sewer at the last sight), but no WiFi. After we settled in, we went to the local museum to see what that had to offer. On the way back, Richard and I stopped in at Trapper Dan's store, and I bought some deer antler buttons for a sweater I just finished, and a couple of books about women's experiences in the region during the late 1800s and early 1900s. In the evening, we gathered for our briefing for today's travels: what to watch for in the way of road conditions, an update on the park we're going to (the campground's generator blew up, so we'll be dry camping, which isn't a problem for most of us), and what sights to check out. Especially recommended are the Lliard hot springs, which my friend Jenny Radsma said is a must do. Maybe it will help my sciatica!

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