My last post had us parked in Whitehorse at the Walmart, along with a bunch of other RVers. We watched some TV and got some sleep. Since there wasn’t a lot of sun, Bill ran the gennie for awhile before we took off in the morning.
It was an easy drive to Watson Lake. Road conditions were better and we made good time. We arrived at the familiar gravel lot where we stayed with Linda & Steven on the way up by about 4:30pm – not too bad at all. We thought we might go check out the Visitor Center but it was closed, as was the Northern Lights Center. So – after a short walk through Sign Post Forest (found our friend PoPo’s sign!), I worked on my blog and Bill took a walk to check gas prices since GasBuddy wasn’t registering any recent updates. We made dinner of left over beef stew and settled in for a mini Merlin marathon.
At some point, I think while waiting for the stew to get hot, Bill said he thought he would like to make a sign. He remembered that he had a long skinny piece of cedar we could use. Ok – let’s make a sign!
We were up by 7:30am and Bill went out to start the gennie. Between the lack of sun and us being so far north, we aren’t making a lot of solar.
He found the piece of wood fairly easily and I wrote (lightly) with a pen what we decided to put on it. He then took the sharpie and wrote over it – making it permanent. He then got the ladder and screws and the cordless drill and went to hang the sign.
We headed out toward Fort Nelson – it was going to be a long day!
We weren’t far outside town when we had our first wildlife sighting! Bison!
We started seeing snow shortly after lunch. At first it was just on the closer mountains (you see on further away distant mountains all summer), but soon was getting closer to the road. It sure was pretty! Then we saw a second herd of caribou!
We did run into some snow showers at the highest elevation, causing me a bit of worry. Bill slowed down and we had no issues at all. He assured me if it started to stick to the road and/or he felt like it was getting slippery at all, he would find a place to pull over, but we had been watching the weather and we knew we would drive right back out – which we did. While the snow did make me nervous, it sure was pretty to see! First time we’ve seen it since winter 2014!
In Fort Nelson, the first order of business was to use their free community dump/water station. Next up – fuel! As we pulled into the station and up to the pump – the little alarm sounded we were low on fuel – perfect timing! (We had been monitoring and have the 10 gallons of “peace of mind” in the back of the truck!). The gas attendant told us about parking across the street in the parking lot – truckers do it all the time! Ok – where to park – box checked!
In the morning after running the gennie for awhile, we were on our way to the next stop – Dawson Creek – the beginning – or end for us going out – of the Alaska Highway. I was hoping it would be a better weather day – silly me!
We found our way to the Whitehorse Walmart easily and got parked. We got Callie inside and got the heat on and headed in for a few things and to stretch our legs! Too cold to walk around outside! Last time we were here we stayed 2 nights – this time we will only be here one. We still have a minimum of 3 more nights before getting to Montana, could be as many as 5. Not sure yet!
Here a couple of cute pics of Callie to make you smile!
When we left Dawson Creek – we were heading for new territory! We had come up through British Columbia from WA State, but are leaving through Alberta and Montana. We had originally hoped to head down the Icefields Parkway (through the Canadian Rockies) but ultimately decided a quick exit was a better idea. Considering how much snow we’ve already seen – I think that’s the best plan.
Thankfully our drive to Whitecourt, Alberta Walmart was a piece of cake compared to the 2 previous days. Sun shining and fairly flat – no massive mountain climbs or descents! There were some bumps, but again, nothing compared to the previous days. Lots and lots of farm land, a complete switch from the snow capped mountains we had gotten used to and love to see!
This is what we woke to:
Our drive to Edmonton was a short one. We had decided – ok mostly I had decided – to stay at a real FHU CG! We were parked and set up by noon! Ah! I had originally wanted to stay 2 night, then one or two in the Calgary area before crossing back into the good ‘ole US of A. The weather, however will not quit so instead we will be one night here and one night near Calgary.
My friend, Tracy, had blogged about stopping at Glowing Embers CG and visiting West Edmonton Mall. I haven’t been to a mall in – I’m not fully sure – over a year – too long! West Esmonton Malls claim to fame is its North Americas largest mall. Couldn’t pass that by could I? What kind of woman could do that? Not this one!
It did not disappoint!
I took these first 2 pics b/c this company “Garage Clothes” did a photo shoot right on Kenai Lake on Jan’s (Gary’s neighbor) property. While we were there! Our co-workers Beagle was in some of the pics! The background in the photo is Kenai Lake – how cool is that?
This mall has an indoor amusement park, an ice skating rink, a water park and so many places to eat I lost count. There’s a HUGE food court with those “quick food” type places and also BRBN St with pub style, sports bar and comedy club type places. Best mall ever! Oh! And a sea lion show! I’m not a huge fan of captive wild animal shows – but when we went by – the audience full of kids with their parents were loving it!
We enjoyed a leisurely morning, baked ziti is ready for the oven, black tank got rinsed, and there was no rushing around. We were hitched and leaving out around 1pm. Our destination: Calgary. 3 1/2 hours – not too bad!
Our boondock site for the night was the driveway of a loyal blog followers and fellow RV Dreamers, Helen & Pat. When they learned we would be going through their area – they generously extended an invitation to us, which we gratefully accepted. We love meeting up with future full-timers.
Helen & Pat have a beautiful home! We enjoyed Happy Hour and dinner and talked way into the night! We also met their daughter and son-in-law-to-be, Charlotte & Alex and their dog, a German Shepherd pup, Luna.
We woke in the morning to a new dusting of snow.
We chatted again while having our morning coffee – tea for Helen & Pat. Check out this great view from their dining room
This was a BIG day! Crossing back into the lower 48! Good ‘ole USA! While we still have a lot of miles in front of us – it is a huge milestone! We crossed into British Columbia, leaving the lower 48, on May 4 – over 5 months ago!
Thankfully the crossing went well – no glitches – for a total of 8! I do feel the need to mention that the Border Patrol Customs Agent was pretty grumpy! “Are you SURE you don’t have any fire arms?” He also wanted to know about my produce – romaine lettuce, carrots and radishes. No fruit – oops – strawberries!
I will get this posted and pick up next time leaving the Sam’s Club here in Great Falls, MT
I’ll leave you with this cool pic of a swam of some type of small birds. Chat soon!