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Jun 2, 2009 - Ft. Nelson

After spending a 3rd night at Charlie Lake, we're here for 2 nights. It's hot here now, but we were told that Sunday (the day before we got here) it was really storming. It has been like that, the weather can change quickly up here. We're at Westend Campground which would have been fine for 1 night. Most people left early this morning and it's nice and quiet now. We're down at the farthest end and have nothing but trees and brush to look at so I like that. We went to the Vistor's Centre today to use the internet - our dish couldn't get the...

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Alaska '09

Jun 1, 2009 - Dawson Creek to Jackfish Creek (close to Fort Nelson)

A very exciting day as we got to stand on and travel across the one and only remaining curved wooden bridge on the Old ALCAN Highway. Pictures also show the superstructure – amazing. The reason this bridge was saved is that when the oil industry came through a new highway was built to support the new heavy loads and therefore, and thankfully, bypassed and preserved this piece of history. On this leg of our tip we passed through Fort St. John stopping at the Visitor Center (free coffee) and Museum and of course taking pictures. Just outside...

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May 27, 2009 - Fort Nelson, BC

/// Wednesday – May 27, 2009 We got a good early start today. We departed the Northern Lights RV Park, in Dawson Creek, BC at 6:45 AM under overcast skies. We traveled only a short distance down the road, Hwy 97, the Alaska Hwy, when it started to rain. We had a light rain all morning until just before 11:00 AM. This first leg of today's trip, from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John, was a surprisingly tough haul. I was already thinking, OMG, I hope it isn't going to be like this all day. The road was a little rough but the traffic was very...

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May 20, 2009 - Fort Nelson

Finally, we’re on the road again, after being “snowed in” for 3 days in Dawson Creek. Had a little trouble (like an hour and a half!) getting the snow/ice off of the slide out awning so we could bring it in, but finally got on the road around 10:30. Our first stop was the historic curved wooden Kiskatinaw River Bridge, on a section of the original Old Alaska Highway, around Milepost 21. This 531 ft. bridge is the only original timber bridge built along the AK Hwy that is still in use today. The second picture above shows why we waited until...

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May 13, 2009 - Fort Nelson, BC

We planned to spend two nights in Dawson Creek because of the snow and cold. We got up early and checked the sat image on the internet. It looked like it would clear to the north so we headed out. We arrived in Fort Nelson to 56 degrees and blue skies. Interesting factoid: While in Dawson Creek in 31 degree weather we talked to Michelle in Anchorage by Skype and found it was 60 degrees there. There is something wrong with this picture.

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North To Alaska 2009

Aug 15, 2008 - Day 80 – Different Forests

While in Whitehorse again, we had time to complete our tour. The wooden fish ladder was in operation but only 35 fish had made it up. We hiked the Mile Canyon, where so many lives were lost at the time of the Klondike gold rush in Dawson City. We had dinner at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant, then we called it a night. The next day we traveled most of the day on “been there, done that” roads until we passed the Cassiar Highway. Most travelers are going that way at this time of year because they “wanna go home” and it’s the shortest route...

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Wimberley to Alaska!

Aug 14, 2008 - To Fort Nelson

Thursday, August 14 319 miles from Watson Lake to Fort Nelson Weather was great, we hit a high of 76 and no rain!! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Last night, we decided our two vehicles looked so bad we couldn’t drive another mile without giving them a bath and since a wash area came with our campground fee, right after breakfast we went to town and washed them both. Wow, I forgot how good it feels to drive a brand new car! The problem was it took us too long to get it done and we...

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Aug 12, 2008 - Alaska Hwy more wildlife

An interesting day. We rolled out about 8:30 in overcast skies but comfortable temps. Very light traffic. The highway is in good shape, wide, fairly straight and mostly flat. It sure does not feel like the highway of old, narrow, twisty and hilly and muddy and dusty and rocky and pot hole filled. Guess we have driven enough of that stuff this trip already. Anyway rolled along and saw a sign warning to watch for buffalo. Have never seen any before but a herd was brought up many years ago and have thrived so now they are wood buffalo. Pretty...

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Aug 12, 2008 - South of Fort Nelson, BC

We departed Muncho Lake Campground about 11:30. We had a leisurely morning with perfect weather. We sat at the shore and just rested until it was time to depart. We exchanged details with Merlin and Bobette, then continued our journey. We stopped at Fort Nelson for fuel. This is a new all time high and a gouge. The price was $1.629 per liter (=$6.15/gal). Today we are in Fort St. John and price at Shell (Flying J) is $1.429/l (=$5.40/gal). Advise to travelers is to add enough fuel in Fort Nelson to make it to Fort St John. Last night was...

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Alaska 2008

Jul 26, 2008 - Day 1 to Ft. Nelson, BC

The Alaskan Highway starts in Dawson Creek, BC and goes quite a bit in Canada before it moves into Alaska. As you may recall in your history, the road was built to help the war efforts in World War II and was built in just under 9 months. So our adventure is taking us down that very road. We saw a DVD on the history of the building and it was just short of a miracle. We drove to Ft. Nelson, BC the first day on the road, which is about 300 miles from Dawson's Creek. Really a beautiful and somewhat hilly drive. Others told us about animals...

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Jul 25, 2008 - First travel day

We traveled 278 miles today to Fort Nelson, BC. Not our best day....the computer seems to have a problem...some anti-virus program seems to think I need it's assistance and should pay $49.95 ????? The radio in the cab of the coach doesn't seem to be working?? Did I mention 278 miles....no radio.... One hour into the trip, a truck coming onto the main road from a side road, threw a rock and now we have a crack in the right side of the coach from about 18" up from the bottom, right on the edge in the center of the cab and has spread up with 2...

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Jul 25, 2008 - Watson Lake to Fort Nelson

Today we drove from Watson Lake to Fort Nelson. We had a very nice and sunny day. The terrain varied from low rolling hills to rugged rocky mountains. These are the northern most part of the rockies. We did see a couple of black bears, about 30 woodland bison some stone sheep and a young caribou. The stone sheep are similiar to the big horn sheep but smaller. Our last rest stop was in a pullout along the highway. While we were talking with some other travelers, he said to me that I had a flat tire. As it turned out it was going down as I...

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