May 23, 2010
Seattle to Dawson Creek
We headed north for Dawson Creek from Seattle on May 21. A late start, but the border crossing at Sumas was very quick. Then the schedule fell apart when we decided to visit the Fraserway RV parts store in Abbotsford. Like always, they had lots of good stuff. We picked up some new LED light fixtures - I'll install them in Dawson Creek.
We spent the night at the Lac La Hache Provincial Park campground. Our neighbor in the park was driving a great rig:
Beautiful Rig, Eh?
The next morning we woke to rain and cold. Driving north through Williams Lake, Quesnel, and Prince George was more of the same.
Crossing the Rockies through Pine Pass we found Azouzetta Lake free of ice, which isn't always true this time of year. However, snow threatened from above.
Coming down out of the mountains through the Peace River foothills country there was snow on the ground, but we were getting rain.
Dawson Creek Ahead
Setting Up in Dawson Creek
In Dawson Creek we found lots of snow in the ground. They said it was an unseasonable snow storm. No doubt true, since the leaves were well out on the trees and the grass under the snow was green.
When you start seeing engine heater cords you know you're getting farther north.
The snow may make it seem like we're early in coming north but today we talked to one campground owner who told us that she's already hosted one traveler who spent the night several weeks ago on his way north, and visited again this week on his way south. Now that's jumpin the gun!
We spent Sunday wandering around Dawson Creek. Here are some shots:
Alaska Highway Mile 0 Marker
Located in the center of Dawson Creek. Note the new Alaska Highway House museum in the background.
At The Visitor Center
You can't leave town until you've had your picture taken here!
Dawson City Murals
As you wander around town you'll see a number of murals painted on the buildings. The visitor center has a walking tour pamphlet to help you find them. Here's a sampling: