Traveling the Alaska Highway

We left our campsite in Taylor near the Peace River Bridge on Thursday morning (6/22) and headed North on Highway 97 to Fort St. John.  We immediately ran into wildfire smoke. We were lucky to have camped in Taylor, where the air was clear.  We found a nice off leash dog park in Fort St. John before continuing  further north through the hazy smoke.

Our campsite near the Peace River bridge in Taylor, BC
Wildfire smoke was thick on the Alaska Highway north of Fort St. John, BC.

After a few hours of driving, the air finally cleared.  We were surprised we didn’t see any wildlife. Maybe this was due to the wildfires?  The traffic thinned out, which was a nice relief after the crowds of Banff & Jasper.  The landscape started looking more remote.  Maybe Bigfoot scared away all the wildlife?  We stopped for the night at Triple G Hideaway RV Park in Fort Nelson, BC

Highway 97 was very hazy for the first few hours of our drive on Thursday (622)
Unfortunately, this was the only wildlife we saw on Thursday (6/22).

Warmer weather moved into the area on Friday (6/23).  Hard to believe we started the week in a snowstorm and now we were in shorts and sweating! The helpful people at the Fort Nelson Visitor Center assured us we would soon begin to see abundant wildlife on our journey north. We saw two black bears, so I guess that was an improvement over Thursday, but not exactly “abundant”.  We took a break at the Tetsa River Lodge to try their famous Cinnamon Rolls.  They were tasty!  A bit further down the road we entered Stone Mountain Provincial Park to camp at the Summit Lake campground.  We enjoyed a gorgeous afternoon relaxing at our site and exploring the area.  Lucy loved playing in the crystal clear water.  After a brief rain shower, a bright rainbow pointed right to Earl (our RV)!  We are ahead of schedule, so we might stay in this same area tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

The Cinnamon Rolls were delicious at the Tetsa River Lodge.

A game of Rummikub while enjoying the nice weather at our Summit Lake campground site.
Summit Lake Campground was beautiful even before the rainbow came out!

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