Today journey is a little longer, we traveled 297.9 miles for 5.75 hours which included a stop for fuel in Smithers and in Fraser Lake for lunch (see the red dots on the map).
It began as a rainy morning, as we took Daisy for a quick walk and said goodbye to Steve & Carol, who were heading west to Prince Rupert.
It became sunny & windy the rest of the trip. There were several slow spots due to construction or getting behind a slow truck hauling large equipment (who didn't pull over to allow others to pass).
The first sign of civilization was the Hazelton area: South Hazelton, Old Town Hazelton, New Hazelton. All developed at the confluence of the Skeena and Buckley Rivers as in integral shipping point on the Skeena and a wintering place for miners and prospectors. The name Hazelton comes from the numerous hazelnut bushes growing on the flats. Hazelton was founded in 1866, some years before the railroad and highways. Supplies for nearby trading posts and goldfields were moved by riverboat from the coast to Hazelton and then over trails into the backcountry. Old Town Hazelton is reconstructed to look much like it did in the 1890’s.
We stopped in Smithers for some diesel, then later on in Fraser Lake for lunch. We spotted a SUBWAY sign as we slowly drove through town and headed for the big dirt lot near by to park our rig. As we walked toward Subway, there was a small restaurant set back away from the street. The sign said Chinese & Canadian food, which sounded appealing. The Canadian server was effervescent, and the food was quite good. I had a Chinese dish and Larry had a burger with “Canadian fries” – covered in brown gravy.
There was an RCMP building next door but unfortunately no cute Mounties around. Where is Dudley Doright when you need him?
Across the street was a kiosk with interpretive signs calling me. We crossed over and snapped a few photos so I could read them later. Some of them are in the First Nations language, so no I couldn’t read them. It talked about the people and about Fraser Lake history. We learned that Fraser Lake is the White Swan Capitol of the world, but they forgot to tell the swans as we did not see any.
Please continue to the next entry, as I had too many good photos for one posting today.