Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Northern Rockies


We were in no hurry to motor on as we enjoyed the beautiful scenery and I made the most of the not so limited Wi-Fi. It was time for a major window cleaning after all the dust from the construction the previous day. It was a sunny and cool 6º when we first got up but was beginning to get cloudy when we left the RV park around 10:00.

We had a spectacular drive along the shoreline of Muncho Lake and stopped at Stones Sheep Trail when we  actually spotted three stone sheep on the trail.

Stone sheep are indigenous to the mountains of northern B.C. and southern Yukon. They are darker and slighter than the bighorn sheep found in the Rocky Mountains and are often mistaken for mountain goats.

The highway crossed the Toad River before crossing Summit Pass and  Summit Lake at 4,250 ft., the highest point on the Alaska Highway. There was still snow beside the highway at the higher elevations.

  It became more overcast as we continued southeast and started to rain while we were stopped for lunch at a pull-off.

By the time we reached Steamboat Mountain Summit at 3,500 ft., it was a driving rain with very poor visibility in fog. We stopped at a rest area there "with views of the Muskwa River Valley and Rocky Mountains weather permitting." Not this day!  A few truckers  also waited for conditions to improve which they did within  1/2 hour.
The rain continued as we descended out of the Northern Rockies.

We saw more stone sheep beside the highway, another black bear. The highway changed to asphalt the last 30 km ( ah.h.h) through  lush  rolling countryside into Fort Nelson (population 6,100), considered to be "the Gateway to the Northern Rockies."

We stopped at 3:30 at Triple G Hideaway RV Park after a slow going  but spectacular 238 km through the mountains.  We have full hookups and excellent, unlimited Wi-Fi. The RV park is very busy, almost full with an Alaska bound caravan. The showers ended in the evening; it reached only 12º. 

1 comment:

  1. Glad you were able to add photos. Great scenery.