Monday, June 12, 2017

Fort Nelson



Jean was not feeling well so I visited the Fort Nelson Heritage Museum with extensive outdoor pioneer displays  and artifacts from the building of the Alaska Highway. The museum was next door to the RV park.
An historic cairn identifies mile 300 of the Alaska Highway and is a tribute to those who worked on the highway.  There is also a sign marking the 75th anniversary of the highway this year.
 It was a cloudy 9º when we left the campground shortly after 9:00 as many rigs from the caravan were also pulling out.



We made three stops in Fort Nelson before motoring on:  the Northern Rockies Visitor Centre where  I picked up lots of useful literature and bought three pins for my collection; IGA for a few groceries and the Petro station where we bought a little insurance, i.e. $100 more gas @ $1.22.9 / litre.
 We crossed the Muskwa River as we left Fort Nelson and drove east on Hwy 97, the Alcan Highway. The scenery was much more ho-hum as we motored through flat lands, muskeg country and the fertile Peace River hills.
                             
                 We were surprised that we still climbed to over 3,000 ft. in elevation at times.
Although we were warned, we saw no wildlife. We did pass the first accident of this trip, remarkable when you consider how far we have travelled.


The showers started in the afternoon.
We stopped in Fort St. John at a Walmart to buy more groceries for the next week. We didn't like the look of the campgrounds so  continued to Dawson Creek to Northern Lights RV Park, a Good Sam campground.  We have full hook-ups, cable t.v. and Wi-Fi. What a treat after days of roughing it, so-to-speak. We motored 439 km. The rain had ended; it was only 10º. Jean was feeling  better and had managed to take a couple hundred pictures.


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