Continuing in Canada…

Before I start today’s post, I have to give proper credit for my “featured pic” with is the large one above the title “Continuing in Canada…” – it was taken by our travel buddy, Steve Dempsey, who is a professional photographer (Steven Dempsey Photography).  He certainly can capture the moment – don’t you all agree?  Thanks Steve for sharing your awesome pics with us!

Our travels since my last post have thankfully been less exciting – meaning no more need for calling the police!  The only excitement we’ve had since then has been the great views from the windshield and seeing the sites!

We pulled out of Williams Lake and rolled along toward our next stop – Prince George.  Our plan was to stay at Treasure Cove Casino.  I called ahead and they were more than happy to have us come stay the night!

 

 

We stopped for lunch in Quesnel at the Visitor Center.  We went in and hoped to see the museum that was attached to the visitor center but it was a VERY small room with some displays (the ones we could see from the door were filled with china) and we decided we didn’t want to spend $10.  I know – we are so cheap!

We asked at the visitor center about a bridge that a friend told me about, but she didn’t have any idea what I was talking about so we had our lunch and moved on.

The roads were in good shape, but there were some steep climbs and descents along the way and the views just wouldn’t quit!  Trees that went on forever!  Like an ocean of different shades of green!  The green gradually switched to a more arid looking terrain as we drove north.   We did get a quick glimpse of a Bald Eagle – a symbol from home – but he/she was too quick – couldn’t get the camera out in time.  It flew right over us!

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how many of you have eaten lunch with this view?
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lunch time selfie!

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We backed up to the curb when we got to the casino, with Steve and Linda right next to us, and a Class C on the other side.  There were a bunch of other rigs there also, spread out in the huge parking area.  Bill and Steve went into the casino to get the official ok and also to see if there were any coupons or specials for signing up for the players club.  The only thing they offered was $10 each in free play.  Thanks but no thanks!

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Bill and I decided to go to check out Real Canandian Superstore, which is sort of like a SuperWalmart.  Their prices were really good so we got a few things then went home for some TV.  We’ve been binge watching Boardwalk Empire, we are about half way through season 3.

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In the morning, we were ready to pull out 7 mins ahead of the planned for time of 9am!  US!  Imagine that?  We made good time getting to Dawson Creek.  Linda and Steve went on to Walmart, our new home, while Bill and I stopped at Northern Lights CG to dump.  Steve found this CG listed on an app, Sani-Dump as being able to dump and take on water there, but word to the wise – ALWAYS call and double check before showing up.  Evidently this CG had cemented over their dump station 6 YEARS ago!  No biggie – the office referred us to another place, Mile 0 Campsite – FREE dump station and potable water – with a donation box right there.  AWESOME!  With rains and wind expected, coupled with wanting to see a few things we thought we would stay 2 nights – weird huh?  Around here it seems very normal though.  We aren’t the only ones.  I read on a blog once that this couple stayed at that same Walmart a WEEK!  With permission from the manager!

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Dumping at Mile 0 Campsite – FREE!  Also – FREE potable water fill!   Donations gladly accepted!

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Callie making  a new friend

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We went out to see Kiskatinaw Bridge, in spite of the nasty weather, which is part of the original Alcan, they stopped using it when they built the new section, which shortened the Alaska Highway by about 35 miles.

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Since the Visitor Center was CLOSED on Sunday – we went back Monday morning before pulling out! Whoever heard of a Visitor Center being closed on a Sunday?

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We really wanted to watch the movie about the building of the AK Highway, but it is an hour long – so we decided to stop on the way back, didn’t want to spend an hour watching it on a long drive day, which turned out to be even longer than originally planned for!

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Our next planned stop was Fort Nelson, where we could refuel and look into filling propane.  Its been getting quite chilly at night, and we emptied one of our 40# tanks.  (to clarify, we started with about 28# in that tank – we had filled up at Park of the Sierras, but then Bill filled a bunch of the small grill size bottles).  We arrived in Fort Nelson and parked at their Visitor Center.  They had some very nice displays and items for sale, as well as brochures for lots of different things.  Even though there is a sign that says “no overnight parking”, we decided to ask anyway, thinking that might be more for the busier season when there wouldn’t be a whole lot of room, right now the place was all but empty, so it couldn’t hurt to try, right?  Well, the very nice lady behind the desk said it was not advised, as we would get a ticket from the enforcement officers for sure.  Oh well!  After a quick conversation, it became clear we were all thinking the same thing – lets keep moving for Muncho Lake!  This is where we had decided to spend a few days, having heard how beautiful and peaceful it is.

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250 miles to go to Fort Nelson! Little did we know at the time I took this that we would continue on an additional 148 miles to Muncho Lake!
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This is one of the steepest grades we have gone down so far 10% – we are doing 30mph in 2nd gear -jake brake worked like a charm!  awesome!
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this is the area where they had to evacuate a lot of people – this is all we saw of the fire

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these little “towns” that had these trailers set up like barracks were for pipeline workers – and were the only thing around for miles – except maybe a fuel station and restaurant.
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I would have loved to get one of these for Jessie’s girls but they were $150! OUCH!

After a 3 ½ hour push, we finally pulled into McDonald Campground, which is part of Muncho Lake Provincial Park.  We were exhausted (yes, even those of us not driving!), but also feeling awesome!  The whole atmosphere changed on the way from Fort Nelson to Muncho Lake.  Before Fort Nelson, and especially before Dawson Creek, the drive, although filled with great views, didn’t quite have that far-removed feel we were expecting.  It wasn’t bad, we were just anxious to see wildlife and the jaw dropping scenery.  Well, for those going after us, be patient, it does happen – you will see bears, caribou, elk, porcupines, etc. and your jaw will drop and WOW! will become your new most used word.

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we stopped at this overlook point – amazing vista point! We hadn’t had a signal for a long time, but for some reason, there was a tower right next to this pull-off. We all quick checked FB, voicemail and email!
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This selfie a’la Steven makes me think of the song “Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M.

In all seriousness – I’m going to let the pictures do the “talking” – you’ll be glad I did!  I will add some info in the captions.

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I swear if you look closely – you will see an Elk
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Elk – and it was bugling!
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first pic of Muncho Lake

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first bear sighting!

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caribou!
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our “home” for a few days! can’t be beat!
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some people wonder why I take pics on non-sunny days – but I love clouds – they can change the whole feel of a pic!

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taken from the back of my home on wheels – looking left
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from the same spot as the above pic – looking right instead
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the water is unbelievably clear!
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looking from the waters edge
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that is a seagull in flight – who would have thought there would be seagulls? 
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Bill is ready for our walk – armed and dangerous with bear spray!
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Steven got a much better reflection pic – but this isn’t bad for an amateur!

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this was taken at 3;30AM – yes AM! when it is supposed to be dark!
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caribou – they blend in so well – you don’t see them til they move
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this is how Bill filled our fresh water tank! (just kidding!)
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the nearby Northern Rockies Lodge – we went for drinks one day (and to mooch off their wifi)

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My cousins, Lisa and Ofer, gave us this blow-up kayak – Bill is testing it out – maiden voyage for him!
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Linda enjoying the sun!
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Bill picked up a passenger – Steven!
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they are out FAR now!
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Happy Hour – I think this is the day Linda told us the names she liked for our truck and rig (they name everything!) – Queenie and Copper – what do you think? They are growing on us!
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Bill Murray – master paddler!  pic courtesy of Steven Dempsey
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Caribou!

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Stone sheep!
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this is a female -you can tell by the horns – males have the curled ones
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Porcupine – this is the third one we saw – but first I got a pic of!
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yes – that’s a bathing suit – we are going to the Liard Hot Springs!
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the water is fine!

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if you look closely – you can see where the water comes out 
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don’t see this sign everyday!
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I think this goose is sitting on a nest!
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BISON! how cute is that baby?

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construction zone – have to wait to be led through – truck got filthy!

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need bear spray – going looking for some Stone Sheep!
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we didn’t see any sheep 🙁 but it was worth the hike anyway

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thought you might find this interesting – I did
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took this on the way to Watson Lake today – I sent it to Steven – who cleaned it up and I’m thinking he may post that version – that’s them – Scoopy and Toadie following behind us!
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more bison today – in the road!

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the babies were playing!  so cute!
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this little one was hungry!
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this one was the biggest we saw!
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you should have seen the hill these two just pedaled up! I got tired just thinking about it!
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our latest bear sighting!

We have arrived safely in Watson Lake for the night – tomorrow onward to Whitehorse – if road conditions cooperate!  Stay tuned…

I leave you with another Steven Dempsey photo – its so nice to have a professional photographer with you!

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this one is (obviously) courtesy of Steven! Queenie needs a bath!