Day 45, Monday, July 12
We were up at 6:30 to say good-bye to Tim and Pam as they left to go to work. Tim gave Ed halibut, shrimp, and deer sausage from his freezer so we back to Anchorage to ship our fish home. We stopped in to see our friends, Herb and Nancy, in Peter’s Creek. We visited with Nancy and she gave us some 15 half pints of canned salmon and we were on our way. We drove to Glenallen and stayed at the Northern Lights campground. We grilled halibut and veggies for dinner. The temp was around 70 degrees. We watched the movie “The Visitor” and then went to bed.
Day 46, Tuesday, July 13
When we awakened at 9:30, it was raining…again. We called Tracy at 10:13 (1:13 her time…the time she was born). We headed toward Tok and had dinner at Fast Eddies about 5:00. We checked in at the Tok RV Campground, did laundry, watched the entertainer in the Ice Cream Parlor at the campground, watched some TV and went to bed at 1:00 am.
Day 47, Wednesday, July 14
Dad called at 7:00 am AT with bills than he needed to pay. After stopping at the post office and getting a few groceries Jeanne drove 413 miles to Whitehorse. It was the worst driving day ever, frost heaves, rain, pot holes, ruts until Burwash Landing. The rain stopped around 3:30. We got to Whitehorse around 8:00 pm. High Country RV had no spot for us except $17 site dry camping. So we moved on to the Caribou Campground. It was nice and recommended in Mike Church’s book on Camping in Alaska. I made Pam’s taco soup. We turned in … in don’t remember when. We drove 413 miles today.
Day 48, Thursday, July 15
We got up at 9:00 am MT and left the Caribou Campground. The time changed when we left AK. We drove toward Watson Lake and turned south on Hwy 37 (Cassier). We arrived at the Boya Lake BC Provincial Campground around 4:30. Again, we had taco soup for dinner, bought wood from Ms. Jack Chief, the host, and watched the movie DOUBT, then went to bed. We drove 307 miles today.
Day 49, Friday, July 16
We awakened to rain (again) and left Boya Lake around 9:45. The Cassier was unlined, gravel, and awful, especially bad from beginning of the Cassiar to just below the Skitine River bridge. We stopped at Jade City. Apparently, 90% of the world’s jade is mined in this area. Jeanne bought jewelry and a gift for Amy for watching the house while we are away. We ran into a couple (part of a caravan) from Pennsylvania that had a Lazy Daze and spent about an hour talking. On this stretch of the Cassier, we saw 5 black bear. We turned onto route 37a toward Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK for about 40 miles and saw 2 more bears. The drive was just spectacular! We arrived at the Bear River RV Park at 9:00 in Stewart with TV, wifi, and full hook-ups…we were in heaven. A very nice park. We checked in late…on the road for three long days. We drove 336 miles today.
Day 50, Saturday, July 17
We drove through Stewart, BC and across the border 1.5 miles to Hyder, AK. Hyder is only a few streets…all dirt roads...very funky. We drove out to the bear viewing area. The salmon hadn’t come in yet, so there were no bears. We stopped for lunch at “The Bus”, had seafood chowder and halibut fish and chips. We bought some Alaskan crab for dinner. We had our RV washed by a guy that was working out of his truck, $1.00/foot. We met an ex-marine from Florida, who was motorcycling through Alaska with two buddies. His wife had given him a 6-week hall pass to travel Alaska with his friends. We drove on down to the Yellowhead Hwy (16) and stayed at Seeley Lake Provincial Campground about 20 miles past the junction of 37 and 16. We saw 3 bears today on the bottom of the Cassier and the beginning of the Yellowhead toward Prince George. We defrosted the crab and ate like kings for dinner. We only drove 171 miles today.
Day 51, Sunday, July 18
We left Seeley Lake on Hwy 16 at 9:15 am and drove to Prince George, then down the Caribou Highway (Highway 97) south toward Williams Lake. We drove through the 10 Mile Lake Provincial Campground ($21 for no facilities…what??) and the Lazy Daze Campground, which looked familiar because we stayed there last year (ICK) so we drove on. We finally arrived at the Robert’s Roost Campground ($30.00) just south of Quesnel around 5:30 pm, had steak and parsley potatoes for dinner, cable and wifi at the site…woohoo. We drove 361 miles today.
Day 52, Monday, July 19
We left the Robert’s Roost Campground in Quesnel, BC around 9:00. We crossed the US border about 5:00. We arrived at site 6 at the Bellingham RV Park in Bellingham, WA about 6:00. ($29.84 got you TV, wifi, side-by-side parking, laundry and nice hot showers). W e drove 393 miles.