Start Along Alaska Highway
So, we actually started on the official Alaska Highway! We took a little side trip along the original Alaska Highway to this bridge that goes over the Kiskatinaw River. It is the only original timber bridge built along the Alaska Highway that is still in use today. It is curved too! And 531 feet long! The only problem is that we got there at there were a couple of signs about percentage of axle weight allowed and another that stated total weight allowed being 20 tonnes. Since our axle weight was a bit over the percentage they stated and we weren’t exactly sure what “tonnes” meant, we decided that safe was better than sorry, so we turned back around and got back on the new Alaska Highway and the new straight Kiskatinaw River Bridge. It was still very cool to see the original though. We’ll check into the “tonnes” thing and maybe travel over it on the way back south.
Along our ride, we saw our first Moose along the highway and took pictures and were all excited. Well, then we arrived at our stop for the night at a place called Buckinghorse River Wayside Provincial Park and went for a walk and saw this gal right there in the campground! She also had a younger one with her. She pretty much just watched us closely and went along with her browsing and eating. It was only us and one other small motorhome in the entire place! We probably shouldn’t have really been there since all the sites are extremely small, but we got one site that we kinda fit into and had to unhitch the truck but it was so worth it!
This was our site that we barely fit into. We had to park the truck in the next site over.
But, this is what we got to look at just outside our back window! It was so beautiful! The thickness of the ice was amazing, but the river was still flowing right along. It was incredible!
Then we headed back down the road the next day and saw this marvelous black bear feeding along the forest on the side of the highway! It was so cool to see! Its coat was so shiny black! Just awesome!
A little later we actually had our first taste of what may be ahead of us; a gravel stretch along the highway where they’ve been doing construction. We’ve heard the road gets worse the closer we are to Alaska, but so far we’ve been pretty lucky!
This is Summit Lake up in the Canadian Rockies. As you can see, it was still frozen over, but the scenery was just unbelievable! You can see the highway along the right side of the lake. That’s the Alaska Highway!
Then later we had to find a place to sleep for the night. We came across this turnout area that was off the main highway and was a bit secluded along the 115 Creek. This is a picture of the creek and the view down the Canyon. This was just a few steps from our front door!
This was the view from the front of our rig before we laid down our heads. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the sun stays up later and later the further north we travel. It’s staying daylight now until about 10 pm! We’re still getting used to it, but I guess we’d better hurry before we get to Alaska where there will only be a few hours a day of darkness! And then come about 4:30 or so, the sun is coming up again. One of the first mornings that I found this out, I woke up about 5:30 and freaked out because I thought it was so late! When I looked at the clock, I literally did not believe the time it said!! I laid there trying to figure out how the heck my clock changed it’s time all on its own before I finally gave it up and went back to sleep! Crazy!
So, this was also in 115 Creek. It’s a beaver dam that we found. We went down again first thing in the morning before we left to see if we could catch any beavers, but no such luck. The dam was still pretty cool though!
Okay, we’ve got to get back on the road. I’ll try to update again when we’ve got internet, but it’s getting harder to find as we move north. We’re staying more and more in Provincial Parks (which have no hook-ups) or along rest areas and since we use free WiFi when we can find it, I might get a bit behind. I’m already behind in just naming photos since I can’t even always plug in my laptop! I’ll catch it all up sooner or later though, so just keep checking back!! Hugs to all!