Thursday, May 23, 2013

North to Alaska

(Chuck) We are off for the summer to experience Alaska. It is a trip that we have been wanting to take for several years and finally we just decided that if you do not make a plan, it will not happen. We left Yuma on the last day of March and drove to Seattle with my mother. She is making her permanent home with my sister in the Seattle area. After a six week visit with Mom, Jackie and Butch and our son Josh and family we crossed the border on May 20, 2013.

010It was a fairly uneventful crossing at Sumas which is about 20 miles East of the I-5 crossing at Blaine, WA. Our chosen route was Highway 1, then 5 to Kamloops, BC. We spent the night 21 May, Barriere, BC 2003 Fire Memorial Garden, FB ( 51.13818 -120.12334) 1240’. It was a quiet and welcome place to stop. The first day was marred by fog, rain, drizzle and snow. 025Through little breaks in the weather we saw beautiful mountains and glorious waterfalls. We continued the next day following 5 to 16 to Prince George, BC where we stayed the night 22 May, Prince George, BC, Treasure Cove Casino, FB, ( 53.89518 -122.76646) 1920’. Today we drove up 95 and stopped at Chetwynd, BC which hosts a major chainsaw carving festival each June. We are parked in a dedicated RV parking lot in town. 23 May, Chetwynd, BC, Twins R. Public Lot, FB, ( 55.69619 -121.63400) 2115’

(Jan) The scenery along the way has been incredible! Even with the rain and then snow on a mountain pass, the views have been amazing. We have already seen two bears and two moose on the side of the highway along with, my favorite things, many small and several large waterfalls such as Bijoux Falls pictured below. Also pictured is a Memorial Cairn commemorating Mc Leod Lake, the oldest and longest continually occupied European settlement west of the Rockies. It was established in 1805 as a trading post. We stopped at Azouzetta Lake with it’s beautiful view of the Rocky mountains. Notice that the lake is still covered in Ice!

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The wood carvings in Chetwynd are wonderful! The first chainsaw carving was the result of a 1992 fundraising effort to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Alcan Highway. Since the 2005 International Chain Carving Competition started in 2005 many world renowned artists have blessed this community with their work.  Below are a few of the 120 life sized carvings that are placed along the streets in town.

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2 comments:

Jim & Nanc said...

Looking forward to reading about your trip. We plan to go next year. Travel Safe!!!!!

Diane said...

Just LOVE Azouzetta Lake. We stayed there in June 2007 - incredible scenery! When we went there in April of 2009, the snow was over the roof of the lodge and cabins - AWESOME place! Have lots of fun.

 
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