Events of Monday July 18, 2011 Posted by Merrill on Tuesday
Monday morning we left our campsite beside the little pond about 8:20 and headed south along the Alaska Highway. Our first stop was at a rest area about 10:30 we then continued on stopping at Sheppard’s Inn the final Roadhouse on the Alaska Highway heading south. We purchased sourdough bread and headed on to Fort St. John.At Fort St. John we found the visitor center and were able to use their Wi-Fi connection. As we were leaving town we spotted Peace Island Park so we stopped there and had lunch in the park. As we traveled today we have enjoyed seeing the large farms especially the large yellow fields of Canola that are in full bloom this time of the year. We drove out a couple of miles on a stretch of the old Alaska Highway to look at the only timber curved bridge that was built along the Alaska Highway that is still in use today. The road improvement causes most of today’s traffic to bypass this bridge which was very much a part of the original Alaska Highway.At Dawson Creek we made it a point to stop at milepost “0” the original starting point of the Alaska Highway built in 1942. While in Dawson Creek we fueled up and exchanged US money for Canadian money to help us make it back to the US. Traveling on we crossed into the Mountain Time zone as we entered into Alberta, Canada. Driving through the lower part of BC and now Alberta is very much like driving through northern United States. We reached Saskatoon Island Provincial Park about 7:30 in time to build a camp fire. We made pizza mountain pies for supper and smores for dessert. It was a beautiful evening; just a bit on the chilly side making the campfire feel good.