Day Twenty Nine: Liard Hot Springs

Fort Nelson to Liard Hot Springs was not a long drive, but it was a pretty interesting one.  We saw all kinds of animals: black bears, a moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and a whole bunch of bison.  Unfortunately, I discovered after two days that none of the pictures I took on my Canon were saved–due to my forgetting to put the stupid SD card back into it.  Devastating!  What I do have are pictures I took on my phone and a few I borrowed from my fellow travelers.  And, I’m checking that SD card constantly now. Continue reading “Day Twenty Nine: Liard Hot Springs”

Day Twenty Seven: Mile Zero

Dawson Creek is the start of the Alaska Highway.  They have the “Mile Zero” signpost, and a lot of the town is geared to the tourism this generates.  I have to admit, it’s a cool place to visit.  I learned all about the Alaska Highway and was excited to get going.  First, we had to meet in a log meeting house in the Pioneer Village, which is attached to the Mile Zero campground, where we were staying. Continue reading “Day Twenty Seven: Mile Zero”

Day Twenty Six: Summer’s Eve Nightmare

Up at 7am to get ready for the drive to Dawson Creek, British Columbia–the start of the Alaska Highway.  Unfortunately, the weather was no better.  Mid 30s and raining hard.  I sucked it up, though my fingers were numb by the time I was done.  And I was soaked through.  I changed my socks and we were ready to roll.  We were taking Alberta route 40, which is just south of Hinton.  Continue reading “Day Twenty Six: Summer’s Eve Nightmare”

Day Twenty Three: Free Day

After recovering from my shock and awe at the amazing sights from the bus tour the day before, we had a free day to do whatever we wanted.  I wanted to sleep in, so I did.  Then I got ready and decided to drive back to the Kootenay Valley viewpoint.  We had passed it when traveling from Fairmont to Banff, but couldn’t pull over due to towing our trailers.  It was quite a drive back there–almost two hours, but the views from this place went on forever. Continue reading “Day Twenty Three: Free Day”

Day Twenty: Fort Steele

Jerry and Wendy invited me to go with them to Fort Steele.  We’d passed it on the way to Fairmont.  It’s just over 90 kilometers away, so about an hours drive.  Fort Steele was never a true fort and was actually originally named “Galbraith’s Ferry” after the founder, John Galbraith.  Gold was discovered in the area in the mid 1800s.  Mr. Galbraith operated the only ferry over the Kootenay river for several hundred miles.  As a result, he charged incredibly high prices and became quite wealthy as a result. Continue reading “Day Twenty: Fort Steele”