BC - SE To the Beginning of the Alaska Highway

7/14

Left the Yukon and into BC. Right after the sign about buffalo in the road, there were some buffalo, a pair and then about 10 together. The leader was a big bull.

Buffalo

Buffalo

There were also 2 black bear along the road.

Black Bear

Black Bear

 Went to Laird Hot Springs to camp, even though it was a short day of driving - only about 140 miles. The springs were really hot - taking a while to get in.

Hot Springs

Hot Springs

If Mary Anne lowers her head net, the mosquitoes will have no chance  - there were quite a few at the campsite  - lots of warm stagnant water beelow the hot springs pools. The upper spring was the coolest and deepest, and the lower spring was hotter by the inlet – cooler as you went further down the stream. It is a popular campsite for those coming and going on the Alaska highway - about 478 miles from mile zero at Dawson City.

 

7/15

Big day for animal sightings - lots of buffalo by the road

Buffalo

Buffalo

We were watching the little one - a big one was watching us  - and in the background was a very large bull. 

 We also saw black bear

Black Bear

Black Bear

 and some stone sheep – by Stone Mountain.

Stone Sheep

Stone Sheep

 Also saw a few caribou, including one big male in a wide part of the road. We stopped and he came pretty close and snorted at us.

Caribou

Caribou

A large buffalo

Big Buffalo

Big Buffalo

 Went by both the high and the low points on the Alaska Highway - then it flattened out pretty good.

When you think that the Alaska Highway was built in about 8 months in 1942, it is amazing. It was a war effort because of the fear of the Japanese attacking Alaska. They did get on 2 of the Aleutian Islands, but that was all.

We should pass Dawson Creek (mile 0) and then get into Alberta tomorrow.