Posted by: sunnyharvy | June 20, 2015

The LONG Road to Alaska

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It all begins at “Zero Mile” in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada.

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The story of the building of the Alaska Highway (formerly referred to as the AlCan) is an interesting one that we are growing more familiar with all along its route. We began our education at the visitor Center in Dawson Creek. There is also an interesting museum dedicated to telling the story at the Alaskan Highway House.

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Our first day on the highway only got us 17 miles out of Dawson Creek, but that’s because we wanted to experience a bit of the original highway where the only original timber bridge is still in use. The Kiskatinaw is a three span, timber truss structure built 30 metres (100 feet) above the stream. We hiked below it to view the details. 

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Al relaxing in our campsite below the bridge.

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One of our neighbors. This type of vehicle seems to be favored by many Germans who ship them over to tour North and South America. They do look pretty cool, bu there are not enough windows for me. They probably burn a lot of fuel and ride rough too.

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We walked and drove across the next morning.

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Beavers build big dams around here!

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Mid-morning coffee stop in Taylor. Great “Power Bites” too. Home baked mini-muffins made with lots of seeds, oatmeal, and other good stuff.

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“The World’s Biggest Golfball” seems like a stretch to me. Also in Taylor.

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Sometimes it feels like the road goes on forever… and at other times unexpected roadside amusements appear.

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I did not realize that pipes could be made of wood.

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Sometimes when you follow rugged side roads like this, you are rewarded with a free lakeside campsite.

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Fishing float at Beaver Lake.

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Back on the road again to discover surprises of a different sort.

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Stone Sheep.

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Actually saw quite a few mother bison with calves, but this was the best photo I managed to take as we drove by.

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After four days on the Alaskan Highway our reward appeared at the end of this boardwalk.

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Liard Hot Springs  – right in the campground!

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The Liard River

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And the road goes on and on and on and on…

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Responses

  1. Liard Hot Springs, free roaming bison, stone sheep, feet up on the dash. I’m cleaning my pantry. I dunno…

  2. You are definitely raising our excitement about our own trip to Alaska. Fran

    • Great – DO IT! Just make sure you have plenty of time to do it right.

  3. Hot Springs ooooh! How about a hot springs tour across the US and Canada?

    • Isn’t that pretty much what we’re doing? Not really though as we have passed by a few.

  4. How relaxing it looks. It obviously wasn’t rainy season. The traffic looks great.


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