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Six days shalt thou travel. On the seventh thou shalt REST.

Alaskan Drive - Day 7-3
It’s snowing. I don’t like it. I just want to be honest about that. While I love seeing snow up on the mountain tops or even by the side of the road, when you are driving around in a 40 ft. long tin can, watching snow fall around you is just not pretty. Thankfully we are not driving today and hopefully in the morning all of this mess will only be a memory. Then again there’s the fact that it’s supposed to get into the twenties tonight, but that’s another story.

So Today – Sunday, May 17th – Day 7 of our Alaskan Adventure
After six busy days on the road, it was wonderful to just sit still. We were blessed to be able to worship at a nearby church, enjoyed a nice lunch out and then checked out the visitors’ center and watch a couple of videos on the building of the Alaskan Highway – 1500 miles (through wilderness) in just over 8 months. Amazing.
Go North, Young Man
Alaskan Drive - Day 7
Mile ZERO!
Alaskan Drive - Day 7-1
A quiet day in downtown Dawson Creek!
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The rest of the day called for naps and eating leftovers and watching that pesky snow falling.
Yesterday – Day Six – Saturday -May 16, 2009
Our first stop of the day was at Huble Homestead – the early 20th century home of a local entrepreneur who established his own mini-community along the Fraser River. Since we were absolutely the first visitors of the season (it was their opening day), we enjoyed a lovely guided tour of the homestead.
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This fellow pretty much did it all – freighting, guiding, surveying, fur trading, along with supplying provisions and accommodations for travelers. His wife traded the crops from her extensive garden for meats from the passing paddleboats. It was a great tour – and as an added bonus, the rain didn’t start until after we left.

And then it rained off and on pretty much the rest of the day. But still we managed to put in our longest day of driving so far. 262 miles. All the way to Dawson Creek, and Mile 0 of the Alaskan Highway. We made a couple of stops along the way – a visitor center here and there and then a quick driving tour of Chetwynd, home to the Chainsaw Sculpture Contest each year and all of its previous years’ entries – but pretty much we just pressed on to Dawson Creek. Here are some windshield shots of our drive through this stretch of beautiful British Columbia (They’re in order so you can see how the scenery was always changing!)-
Alaskan Drive - Day 6
Alaskan Drive - Day 6-6 (ok – this is not a windshield shot – it’s a picture of our back-up camera when the guys were investigating why our “warning” light came on. Nothing could be found, so we continued on.)
Alaskan Drive - Day 6-7
Alaskan Drive - Day 6-8
Alaskan Drive - Day 6-9
Crossing through Pine Pass
Alaskan Drive - Day 6-10
Alaskan Drive - Day 6-12
Alaskan Drive - Day 6-13
(can you feel it getting colder?)
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Alaskan Drive - Day 6-16
Through Pine Pass – and back into some green. Phew!
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Civilization – Chetwynd!
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Bunches of the chainsaw sculpture. They were amazing!
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It wasn’t until I downloaded my pictures that I realized this bridge had been graffitied (is that a word?) just for me!
Alaskan Drive - Day 6-23
One more pass over the Pine River
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And then suddenly we were in farmland?
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And then, finally – Dawson Creek is in view –
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I was surprised that this area is such a ranching/agricultural area with a little industrialization thrown in on the outskirts of town(I guess I figured we’d be more in the mountains), but then again if I had studied up on any Canadian geography I’d probably have had a better idea. We didn’t do a lot of exploring in the downtown between the weather “issues” and the fact that we were beat, so I can’t say much about the town itself. The visitor centers were excellent (we’re becoming quite the visitor centor connoisseurs), the videos much longer that 12 minutes (but then again it was a pretty big story) but they were excellent.

But now, it’s off to bed. Tomorrow we hit the road again – hopefully they’ll be dry!
Here’s a map of our drive on Saturday – Prince George to Dawson Creek.
Day 6
I don’t know how far we’ll get tomorrow – maybe as far as Fort Nelson. I’m not sure what the Wagon Master has in store for us! 🙂

Oh – if you’d REALLY like to see more of the pictures from our drive on Saturday – Go for it!

If it’s Friday we must be in……..

May 14, 2009 Thursday Day 4
I thought you might like to meet my new best friend. I’ve gotten to know this friend pretty well, and although it took awhile for me to really understand her, now that I know how she ticks, we’ve become quite close. In fact, she often travels right on my lap.
Alaskan Drive Day 4-17
Inside her cover is an explosion of information.
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Once you figure out the route you are taking (and find that section in the book), it takes you mile by mile down the road telling you about everything from where there’s a turnout with a trash can to all kinds of details about communities you will be driving through. It lists campgrounds and tourist attractions (and trash cans) and while it can’t list everything in an area, it always gives information about where to find the local Visitor Centers. It has truly been an invaluable tool – and a real friend!

Our fourth day on the road could be called a “slow news day”. While we drove through some beautiful countryside, we didn’t make any exciting stops (well, unless you count the one where we all filled up with diesel. That was pretty exciting in an economic sort of way!)

So in pictures – and in just a couple of long run-on sentence, here is what we did on Thursday.

Starting out from our perch at Lake McLeese Resort
Alaskan Drive Day 4

we made our first stop at a local “wood shop” – aka gift shop – where we did succumb to a small portion of homemade fudge and
Alaskan Drive Day 4-1

then we drove by lots and lots of cows (I especially liked these hugging the hill)
Alaskan Drive Day 4-2
and horses
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and beautiful farms
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until we came to Quesnel (which surprisingly rhymes with Dwinell) where we again located the Visitors Center, checked out the Billy Barker statue (he’s one of the gold miners that founded the town) saw some blue sky
Alaskan Drive Day 4-5
but turned and looked the other way to see what was ahead of us.
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After we found a local quilt shop (which made up for the long stop at the farm machinery “museum” yesterday),
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we hit the road again
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till we came to a “turnout with a trash bin on the east side” where we enjoyed our lunch (with our motors turned off, since we were in an “idle-free” zone!) in our own rigs since we were once again being rained on
Alaskan Drive Day 4-9
and when we got back moving down the road
Alaskan Drive Day 4-10
we came to the little town of Stoner (as in John and Rosie) so I had to take a picture of this little building,
Alaskan Drive Day 4-12
even though we never actually saw the town but eventually we came to our destination for the day, Prince George, crossing the Fraser River one more time,
Alaskan Drive Day 4-13

and after we drove through town we headed to Ness Lake Bible Camp (a Sower project located near Prince George) where we were going to spend the next two nights
Alaskan Drive Day 4-14

and there we were blessed with dinner and a time of Bible Study with the staff and then a beautiful (even through the trees) sunset!
Alaskan Drive Day 4-15

And thus ended Day Four of our Alaskan Adventure.

OK, Day 5. We left the RV’s all nestled in at Ness Lake and took off to explore Prince George, BC. It was a nice relaxing day just driving around in a car instead of trying to find parking spaces for three big ol’ RV’s. We did the visitor center, another quilt shop, a train museum, enjoyed a Tim Horton coffee and donuts, and ate lunch at the White Spot.
Here we are at the train museum –
Alaskan Drive Day 5
We finished the day with a drive up to UNBC – University of Northern British Columbia. It was a beautiful campus, but we were most impressed with the view!
Alaskan Drive-Day 5
Not too many pictures today, but I just snagged most of the pictures taken by camera maniac John, so once I get a chance to sort through them, I’m sure I’ll be sharing some more. Fair warning!

We were delighted to be able to spend two nights here at Ness Lake Bible Camp. It certainly is a beautiful location and it’s always exciting to see how God is working all across North America. You never know, we might just stop here on our way home and work for a week or so. We leave tomorrow morning with Dawson Creek, BC in our sights – Mile 0 of the Alaskan Highway. I’m not sure we’ll make it all the way. (It’s about 230 miles and is certainly do-able, but you never know what things we need to stop and see along the way:-)). Slow and steady, right? We might meet a few extra folks along the way since this weekend is the “May Long Weekend” here in Canada. Monday is Victoria Day, which seems to be like our Memorial Day weekend, and a lot of the summer activities are having a big kick-off since it’s the opening of the “season”. Should be fun.

It’s getting light here around 4:30 (and not getting dark until 9:30), so I’d better get this place picked up if we’re going to get out of here at a decent hour.
Sweet Dreams!

PS- here’s another reason Gary has had such a good time here at Ness Lake –
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(special effects compliments of John’s fun new camera!)

Tulips and Bridges and Forts and Mount Baker

Skagit Tulips
After a week of cool and rainy weather (otherwise known as Springtime in Washington State), Saturday dawned with promises of a lovely, warmer (if not blue sky sunny) day. We joined forces with another Sower couple who are “locals”, and took the day to check out the area.
We drove through the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – but since it has been so cool, most of the fields were just beginning to flower. We did find a couple of fields that were struttin’ their stuff –
Skagit Tulips
and the daffodils were also in full bloom-
Daffodil fields
I think the fields will be in full glory in a week or so – so I’m I’m hoping that we’ll get back again.
This fellow followed us around the entire day –
Mt. Baker
Mt. Baker -You’ll see him again before the day is through!
From the tulips we were heading to Whidbey Island and Deception Pass.
Deception Pass Bridge
Even though the day wasn’t all that pretty, it was pretty impressive bridge and waterway!
Deception Pass ViewDeception Pass Bridge
Deception Pass Bridge
We could have taken a jet boat trip through the passageway, but decided to spend the money on lunch instead!
Here’s the view from our lovely little cafe in Coupeville –
Lunch View - Mt. Baker
(see our friend way back on the horizon?)
Here it is with a little zoooommmmmm-
Lunch view - Mt. Baker
Coupeville was a cute little touristy town – I’m sure it’s hoppin’ in the summer!

Us and the Captain Coupeville Coupeville Boats Flowers at Coupeville

We had one more stop planned – Fort Casey.
Fort Casey State Park is a 467-acre marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A coast artillery post features two historic guns on display. The park features 10,810 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet), and includes Keystone Spit, a two-mile-plus stretch of land separating Admiralty Inlet and Crocket Lake.
Now you know.
And now you can see……
Kites at Ft. Casey
Ft. Casey
(see our friend back there?)
Ft. Casey
And one more lighthouse….
Admiralty Lighthouse -Ft. Casey
From Ft. Casey we turned back north and enjoyed a lovely drive home, sticking as close to the Sound as we could. So while the day didn’t turn out to be quite as warm and sunny as the weatherman had predicted, it was still a great day to be out and about – checking out some of this area’s natural (and not-so- natural) beauty.

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Hope your weekend was just as lovely!

Is the wrapping paper all cleaned up?

If you have a little time between straightening up the family room and washing the dinner dishes, how about going for a little ride? Gary and I had a great weekend up in NW Arizona and of course I have lots of pictures to share. My plan is to give you the Reader’s Digest Condensed Version and then if you REALLY have the time, you can check out the whole set at your leisure. So pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a couple of those snicker doodles, and come along for a ride!
Drive from Phoenix to Kingman
Since this was all “new road” for us, I was busy documenting the changing scenery. Through the desert, into the mountains, around the curves – it was a great drive!
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Snow on the mountains-
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Then finally snow all around us!
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It was a great drive, and the weather report was promising a bright and clear (though pretty cold) day for our next leg – Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. We settled into our campground in Golden Valley and started pulling out our hats and gloves and long underwear!
Hoover Dam Day
We started out pretty early (it was over 60 miles to the dam) and were met with a lot of fog. But that can present its own beauty –
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Road to Hoover Dam-4
This road pretty much only goes to the Hoover Dam, but along the way was Willow Beach. Since we had failed to allow for the time change we had a little time to kill, so down to the water we went!
Willow Beach.1
I don’t know who was going to get into those kayaks – the guy driving the boat was wearing a down jacket!
Willow Beach-6
Anyway, back to the main road –
Road to Hoover Dam-8
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And finally the Hoover Dam was in sight –
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We opted for the BIG Dam Tour – a little pricey at $30.00/ea (a little pricey???), but we felt that it would be worth the investment. Sadly, we were wrong. Though it was interesting, it certainly wasn’t $60.00 interesting! But that, as they say, is water over the dam bridge.
The new bridge has a way to go – 🙂
Hoover Dam-8
The water in Lake Mead seems a little low – but it was beautiful nonetheless.
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Which brings us to
Lake Mead
The drive north along Lake Mead started close to the lake
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(this was where we stopped for lunch. Sweet!),
but soon starts going through the mountains –
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The colors along this drive were amazing
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But that was just the beginning. We exited Lake Mead National Park through
The Valley of Fire State Park
Spectacular red rock formations –
Valley of Fire-2
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and generally eye-popping scenery –
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made for a wonderful drive.
We eventually made it over to Route 15 which we took south to Las Vegas.
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We can now say that we’ve driven through Vegas – but we were too tired to take any pictures!

Phew, I think that’s enough for today! Here are links to MORE pictures of the day –
Road to Kingman
Road to Hoover Dam
Willow Beach
Hoover Dam
Lake Mead
Valley of Fire

But you might want to get a fresh cup of tea before you start clicking on those links!
Safe journey!