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Aug 6, 2014 - Charlie Lake, BC

Got a lot of rain overnight, heavy at times and lots of puddles this morning. Then we hit the construction. I don't think the motorhome has ever been so dirty. Talking to our campground neighbors last night, comparing road wounds. He had 5 star-burst fractures on the windshield of his 6 month old motorhome. Ouch! Gas at the campground pumps was $1.69.9 a litre. We didn't need any thanks. Anyway. Lots of construction areas. We probably lost about an hour and a quarter waiting for pilot vehicles or just creeping along. We should be almost out...

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2014 Alaska Trip

Jun 9, 2009 - History & a Creek

Our first side trip of the Alaska Highway was to cross the historic Kiskatinaw Curved Bridge. It is the only remaining 1942 timber bridge left on the Alaska Highway, and is also significant for its 9 degree curve along its 534 foot length. It is a three span, timber truss structure 100 feet above the stream. After the war trucks with loads exceeding the bridge’s maximum 25 ton capacity had to avoid the bridge so they built a new road in 1978 to bypass the bridge. The view to the west is a steep gorge. Down the road a piece we crossed the...

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May 30, 2009 - Charlie Lake, BC

We are staying at Rotary RV Park at the southern end of Charlie Lake. There was an army encampment here when the highway was being built. They needed to get supplies to the northern part of the lake and built a pontoon boat to float them up there. A storm had been starting and, when they were 2/3 of the way, a couple of good waves knocked over the boat and it immediately sank. A man living in a cabin on the lake saw the men in the water, grabbed his boat, and rowed off to help, risking his own life (the locals knew this wasn't a day to be...

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Alaska '09

Jul 27, 2007 - Mackenzie - Charlie Lake

This morning's first order of business was paying our bill for the overnight stay, at the municipal offices. They were very friendly there and gave us some FREE pins of Mackenzie and the famous tree crusher. Off we went back to the highway (20 min drive) where we stopped at the tourist info booth, where another very friendly and informative lady gave us lots of information on the drive ahead, as well as a dogbone for Hudson! She told us that Mackenzie now has problems with the beetle infested trees, because of trees that were hauled to the...

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Jun 1, 2007 - Charlie Lake, British Columbia

We are up early again. We go to sleep when it's light and it is light before we get up. Every evening we comment that it can't be 9:00. It feels like 4:00. We decide to head into Fort St. John. The visitor center has free WIFI and I need to get onto the computer. The rest of the Hudson's Hope Loop is spectacular. We are really happy that we took this route. Pictures of course do not do it justice. It is still the Peace River Valley. There are two dams on the river and they want to build a third. There are many signs saying "No More Dams." I...

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Jun 1, 2007 - May 31, June 1: on the Alaskan Highway

Alaskan Highway May 31 Leaving Dawson Creek Barb slept in till 7:30. Tom went to breakfast with J&J. With the time change again, we're confused again. So we are finally on the way to Alaska, sort of. Detoured to Chetwynd, the chainsaw capital of the world in the Peace River valley. Sculptures all over town. Yearly winners are showcase in midtown then located all over town when new winners are chosen. Amazing. Saw our first glimpse of the snowcapped, Canadian Rockies in the distance as we traveled. There are dandelions all over the place....

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