June 28, 2012

From Triple G Hideaway, Fort Nelson

To Northern Rockies Lodge, Muncho Lake YT

Muncho Lake at the north end of the Rocky Mountains resembles Lake Moraine in Alberta.  The waters are deep glassy turquoise blue, colored by glacial flour, surrounded by dense spruce forests it is stunning. In the background, at higher elevations are barren rocky slopes. A lone goose was gliding by as we arrived, to far for a photo but an indicator of what was to come.  It is so quiet and peaceful here, other than an occasional bush plane flying in to pick up fishing enthusiasts or deliver wealthy lodge visitors.

Although there is some highway noise in the background it is swallowed up by wind rustling through the trees surrounding us yet quiet enough to hear the fly’s and ever present mosquitos buzzing and squirrels scampering across the pebble beachfront.  It may be Déjà vu but this place, the lodge, the plane docks and the lake are so familiar to me, I am sure that I saw a scary movie that was filmed here but the name escapes me.  While the sites are more expensive than provincial campsites, we will stay here a few days just to “chill”. our site at Muncho LakeWe are rookies after all and have not ventured off to wilderness camping yet. Canaday, Canadian 4th of July, weekend is upon us and I wanted to make sure we had a secure spot.

About ½ way from Fort Nelson to Muncho Lake, I saw a lone sign advertising the best cinnamon buns…couldn’t read the rest of the sign, the guide books seem to talk about cinnamon buns so we have joined the hunt to actually find the best cinnamon buns! Tetsa River Outfitters Mile 375 on the Alaska Highway was a ram shackle tiny ghost town that calls itself a Wilderness Pack and Saddle Horse site. There was a gas pump and a shack that produces bread and Home of the Homemade Cinnamon Bun “Centre of the Galactic Cluster” whatever that means?  It did not score a 10. Mocha however did score, finally able to run around a little bit and found a 4 legged friend about her size to play with.

Before climbing back into the rig, I happened to look at the tires, as if I could tell if there was a problem or not, Bill then checked them at Muncho Lake and found that the front tire is in fact wearing unevenly and will not make it much farther.  There are no services at Muncho Lake and we don’t know about Watson Lake our next destination but we do know that there is a three hour drive ahead of us and then another 5 more hours to Whitehorse where there are services.  We have 2 emergency roadside service cards but the problem with being “in nature” like this is there is no cell phone service so if we get in trouble – well, hopefully we won’t get into to trouble.

Day 2 at Muncho: June 29.

Gloom, Sun, rain, hail and wind all in one day.

We awoke this morning to cloudy skies but decided to venture out anyway and check out the Laird River area known for it’s natural hot springs. We had a nice soak there and later investigated the campground. On the way we saw a few Bison but on the way back, a whole herd having dinner next to the highway.  A bit farther down the road more stone sheep munching on highway gravel providing them with natural mineral licks.

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