Finally, Some Wildlife!

After traveling 3,000 miles during the first two weeks, we slowed down and only moved 150 miles in three days (Fri/Sat/Sun – 6/23-6/25).  We wanted to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Northern British Columbia and relax a bit.  We left our beautiful campsite at Summit Lake on Saturday morning (6/24) as low clouds and some sprinkles of rain moved in.  Other campers had talked about seeing sheep, bear and moose up ahead. Unfortunately, we continued our streak of seeing virtually no wildlife.  The winding road followed glacial streams through narrow valleys, so the short drive was still enjoyable even as a slight drizzle kept us from getting any good photos.  We stopped at the Toad River Lodge, which has full service RV sites located next to a lake with a nice walking path.  

Toad River Lodge is not really a lodge, but they offer hamburgers for mere $25 each!
Lucy loved exploring along the lake path that bordered the RV park.

We were told a family of moose frequent the lake behind the “lodge”, so Lucy and I walked the lake path multiple times, looking for wildlife that never materialized on Saturday (6/24).

In between walks, we relaxed in the RV. Lucy watched TV with Laurie while Steve was on his laptop.
C'mon, Dad! Let's pick up the pace!

Saturday afternoon’s  weather was cool and a bit rainy, but overall pleasant.  Daylight hours extend from about 3:30am to well after 11:00pm here, so we are glad Laurie prepared the RV with blackout shades before we left home.  After a great night of sleep, we finally got to see some wildlife on Sunday morning (6/25).  Two moose were across the lake, along with a family of trumpeter swans.  Our wildlife luck was finally changing! 

Finally, we see a bull moose at the lake behind the Toad River Lodge!
Trumpeter Swans and their cignets swimming near the moose.

Sunday (6/25) we left Toad River and slowly made our way north to the Muncho Lake Provincial Park area.  We only traveled 25 miles.  The drive was beautiful, so we took our time and made frequent stops along the way to enjoy the scenery.  

Look closely to see the interesting geological texture in the side of Fold Mountain.
The Alaska Highway in Northern British Columbia has scenic turnouts every few miles.
Just south of Muncho Lake we saw some Caribou crossing the road!
More beauty along the Alaska Highway
More beauty along the Alaska Highway

We had a reservation at Strawberry Flats Campgrounds at Muncho Lake for Sunday evening (6/25).  This is a popular spot right along the Alaska Highway.  It’s a primitive campground with limited sites.  Now I understand why reservations were difficult to obtain.  Another beautiful, crystal clear mountain glacial lake with sites right along the rocky shoreline.  Our site was at the end of the campground road, just off the lake.  We took Lucy down to the beach several times so she could play in the water.  As soon as we’d get back to the RV and relax a bit, Lucy would beg us to take her back to the beach.  

A beautiful, primitive campground on Muncho Lake
Nice hiking trails at Strawberry Flats Campground.
Site #14 was nice. At the end of the road, and just off of the beach.
Lucy and I had the beach to ourselves in the evening.
The view looking the other way wasn't too bad, either.

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1 thought on “Finally, Some Wildlife!”

  1. Glad you didn’t come face to face Fwith a moose on your walk. Fold Mountain is really interesting.

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