Dear Followers,

These posts come out of order because I am having one ____of a time posting the photos with very very very slow wifi.  There are some photos of Jasper and the Ice fields that I want to share….Stay tuned and be prepared to travel south rather than our direction North to Alaska!

June 23-24, 2012

Jasper to Grande Cache

Sadly it was time to leave beautiful Jasper as we head toward Grand Cache, a short cut through Alberta to British Columbia.  Our expectations are low as the directions to the campsite indicated municipal campground in the town limits, near the golf course and behind the ball diamonds. It started clouding over again, everything looking grey and grim but to our surprise, the campsite was tucked within groves of wonderful trees with wifi that didn’t work and laundry that did.  The short overnight stay was a delight, the camp host, Elaine a wealth of information as was the information center, that we still rely on for special attractions.  Because the weather was bad  we decided to do a side trip on our way to Grande Prairie.  Sulphur Gates, “Look for the blue bridge” Elaine said,  although it was not blue but rust, “turn left and travel an unpaved road for 4 miles”.  It was a lovely walk through the woods with spectacular views of ancient rock formations, canyons carved away from the convergence of the Sulphur and Smokey rivers.

Next stop Grand Prairie.  We stopped for a brief stretch after miles and miles of open prairie.  The rocky mountains now out of sight. To our right and left are logging trucks it feels like highway 5 only greener.  As we enter the town, we stop at the visitor center, pick up a few points of interest, get lost, park Murphy and take a walk at the Grande Prairie Regional College which is adjacent to Bear Creek Reservoir where Mocha could run around without a leash.  Relieved of some of our kinks, we are back on the highway for 80 miles- destination Dawson Creek.

June 24 Grand Cache to Grand Prairie and Dawson Creek.

June 25, 2012

Dawson Creek

This morning, outside our door, we saw a steel yard and  railroad tracks! This evening the big rig RV’s caravans have moved in and we see a lot of very large white boxes with a variety of stripes painted on the sides and a variety of ford trucks.  Most of the rigs have Canadream or Cruise America inscribed, most with Alberta license plates.  There are hundreds upon hundreds of these rental RV’s traveling across Canada to Alaska, The BIG bus rigs however. are owned by hard core travelers.  My guess they are all going North to Alaska.  Our little 24 footer seems really puny next to these behemoths .

Dawson creek has history but not much else. The Alaska highway was started here (mile 0) in 1942.  We are in the swanky RV park “Mile 0” that means a clean shower, some grass and some trees, and wifi (sometimes)  Not bad considering the alternative.  We are now on the prairie and it is pretty barren here.  We picked up a Self-Guided Historic Walking Tour pamphlet at the visitors center.  Although we walked the entire tour, two sites were worth noting.  The first was the Art Gallery which displayed some pretty good water colors and some interesting ceramic work the other, Alaska Highway House directly across from the “mile post” where an outstanding pbs production about the monumental Alaska Highway was featured.  30,000 US Army soldiers and civilians completed an engineering feat in nine months when Alaska and Canadian borders were threatened by invasion during WWII. 

Mural Alley

We will begin our journey on this highway tomorrow.