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Published: June 26th 2011
Fort Nelson Campground
We all enjoyed this campground albeit a bit pricey at $35/night + tax
We continued to run into a lot of rain throughout Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Although we enjoyed the campground and museum at Fort Nelson, the rain was relentless. Sybil decided to truck on when we got to Fort Nelson and we will meet up with her later.
The road from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake, Yukon is reported to be one of the most scenic on the Alaska Highway. What we saw was through our rain drenched windshields wipers. We had planned to take a dip in the naturally heated waters at Liard Hot Springs but I think the picture I have included just says it all……. We stayed the night in the gravel pull-out that was opposite to the Provincial Park and walked across to see the springs but Ted Applegate was the only one who donned his bathing suit and actually went in. Good for you Ted!
We had seen a herd of bison about five miles before Liard Hot Springs so the next morning Gary Maurina and Allan Wiedel took off early to see if they could find them again. They got some great pictures, as I am sure they will share on the blog.
The rain did let up one day so that we could enjoy our social hour outside.
started our drive from Liard the clouds slowly began to lift, by noon it was sunny and we pulled into Watson Lake under clear blue skies, we’re here for two nights so let’s hope it stays like this.
FYI: We have now driven over 900 miles of the Alaska Highway and have had no problem with road conditions. There are rough spots (10-15’) but they are well marked and we have only run into two major road resurfacing spots, each about a half mile long; and one bridge reconstruction job. So no complaints thus far.
Mosquitoes! We weren’t bothered by them for the first ten days of our trip but since the sun has come out so have they. These little guys are tiny and silent compared to their Texas cousins who are Texan enough to show themselves and announce their presence; the Yukon variety leave and equally large bump and is just as itchy. We are providing the locals with a varied menu as they seem to know just where to get some of the good blue blood from around my hair-line and ears and a serving of the red blooded American variety for dessert.
Gas! Four of the
One of the reasons we enjoyed it so much
five of us are driving gas guzzling rigs. We filled up in Watson Lake yesterday at $1.34999/litre, which computes out to $5.10c/U.S. gallon, we did however get a discount for staying in the campground at the gas station which reduced my $285 bill by $4.16c.
We had thought that almost everything would be more expensive and it is. I paid $6.99 for an imperial gallon of fat-free milk at the main grocery market in Watson Lake. (An imperial gallon is 4 litres; a U.S. gallon is only 3.78 litres.)
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