Lake Louise, Alberta to Dawson Creek, British Columbia Canada
May 29, 2009
We left Lake Louise at 10:15 am. Our starting mileage was 23,080.2. We headed to Jasper on the Icefields Parkway, route 93. We left the Banff National Park and entered the Jasper National Park for another $18.10 fee. The scenery was just spectacular.
The pictures we took seemed to be enhanced because we are here early enough that the snow is still on the mountains. We saw a big horn sheep in JNP and saw three elk after passing the town of Jasper where we caught the Yellowhead Hwy (Hwy 16). We crossed into British Columbia at 3:00 pm PT (where we changed time zones) and arrived at 5:00 pm in McBride, BC at the Beaver View RV Park. We were greeted by a delightful British woman who told us where to find the bears along our next leg of the trip. We did our laundry while the mosquitoes almost carried us away. Our mileage was 23,324.0.
May 30, 2009
We left our campground at 9:10 am PT and got gas in McBride. We were traveling along the Yellowhead Hwy toward Prince George when we saw two black bears. We also spotted two deer as we were traveling the heavily wooded forest to Prince George. We took route 97 out of Prince George headed toward Dawson Creek where we saw a grizzly, a black bear and a moose. The moose was huge!! Too bad we were by it before we could get a picture. We walked back to find him, but we obviously scared him deeper into the forest. We arrived at the Mile O Campground at Dawson Creek, BC (Good Sams) at 5:45 pm PT. The fee was $25.00 CAD. We signed up to stay two nights. Dawson Creek is at the beginning (mile O) of the Alaskan Highway. We feel that we are just now beginning our journey.
Today it took us 8.5 hours to go 387.6 miles and our mileage when we arrived was 23,713.3. As of today, we have traveled 3,256.3 miles in 10.5 days. We are ready for a respite which we will take tomorrow. We ate in and watched a movie (No TV reception) and went to bed early.
May 31, 2009
The inside RV temperature this morning was 54 degrees. Not too bad, but we may purchase another blanket before we leave here. We slept until 8:30 am this morning, very unusual for us. Staying on the go, go, go has tired us out so we stayed in most of the day today and worked on our journaling, emailing, backed up Ed’s computer and loaded printer software, sent a letter regarding Ed's prep school reunion, mapped out our trip for tomorrow, etc. Afterward, we went out for dinner at a nice steakhouse named Mr. Mike's. We both had sirloin with a cajun creole sauce with shrimp and scallops. It was great. When we returned to the LD, the neighbors invited us over for a glass of wine. Two couples, one was the present president of the Canadian Wildlife Federation and the other a past president. We may see them along the way since they are headed up to Whitehorse too.