14.05.2009 - 18.05.2009 31 °F
We are on our way, North to Alaska! The first night was spent in Moscow, ID. We visited with Arlinda and Ralph Nauman. Arlinda was my boss at the State 4-H office. We then headed to Bonners Ferry, ID to visit long time friends, Dave and Dottie Grey. We haven’t seen them for such a long time. It was fun seeing the high school where Garry and I first started teaching, fresh out of college. The town of Bonners Ferry hasn’t changed much.
Then it was on to Canada. Of course, we had to confuse the border agent with the answer about fire arms. She thought we had one hid! So she had fun looking for it! Took about ½ hour! And she didn’t even ask for the papers on the dogs, after all I went through to be sure we had the dogs covered.
(Mountains near Banff.)
We spent the night at Radium in the Redstreak Kootenai National Park campground. Soaked for awhile in the hot springs….very nice.
(Bighorn Sheep at Radium Hot Springs)
The next day, we drove to Jasper. The mountains are covered with snow. What a beautiful drive. By the time we arrived at the Columbia Icefields, it was raining and blowing. I couldn’t get a decent picture of the glacier.
(Summit at Icefields Parkway)
We spent the night at the Wapiti campground. We walked around Jasper; couldn’t believe the number of people! It started raining and blowing about the time we went to bed. I could hear it storming most of the night. When we woke up in the morning, SURPRISE….it had snowed! Just a skiff; nothing on the highway.
We had a nice drive to Prince George.
(Reargaurd Falls along Yellowtail Highway) The day started out cloudy with mixed rain and snow. By the time we were headed down the Mount Robson summit, it quit raining and was partly cloudy. We saw lots of deer during the drive and I saw a black bear alongside the Yellowtail highway. He was pooping in the woods…so Yes, bears DO poop in the woods! We are stayed the night at the Pine Ridge Mall, where there is lots of space to ourselves. The dogs are enjoyed watching the people walk by.
Early this morning we headed for Dawson Creek. It was snowing lightly when we left Prince George. However, the snow was heavier the further we drove north. It snowed the entire time to Dawson Creek.
We had slushy and some snow packed roads along the way. In one spot, there were actually small drifts along side the road. We could hardly believe our day, when it was 95 back home in Meridian, Idaho!! We finally made it to Milepost 0 of the Alaska Highway! We plan to stay in Dawson Creek 2 nights so we can get some laundry done and have a slight rest before we hit the road once again.