The Road to Alaska
March 15th

We left Friday morning for Alaska.  As we neared the Canadian border we saw about 30 bald Eagles.

The first night we stayed in Clinton, British Columbia.  It was 6oF that night and the water lines in the trailer froze.  Cheryl was ready to do a 180 and head for Arizona.

A few adjustments to the heating system and we had water again.

The next night it was colder -- 6 degrees below zero.

Here's another of our odd pictures.  While driving on the evening of the third day, the moisture from our breath froze on the inside of the truck windows.

Mix and Match found out that just about anything would stick to the windows, a tennis ball, a wallet, pencils, candy wrappers and more.  We were comfortably warm, but the inside of the windows were still subzero.
 

Night one 6oF.

Night two -6oF.

Night three -24oF.

My thermometer read -22

Ya, everything is frozen!

The days this far north are longer than those in Seattle.  I'm up about 5 a.m. getting ready to go.  At -24 that means at least one hour of dressing and dealing with frozen stuff.

The work crew trucks and several others had the engines running all night to prevent them from freezing.

We haven't seen any other RVers yet.  All of the people here are workers on gas pipelines, road crews, and oil exploration workers.

With all the truck engines warming up in the morning it was quite smoky.


The first three days were mostly on pavement.  Day four was mostly on compact snow.   Other than one hill that was a 10% grade it was not too bad for driving

In the afternoon things would warm up quite a bit.  This picture was taken at Summit Lake, elevation 4250 feet and 392 miles from Dawson Creek.  It's the highest point on the Alcan Highway.

Warm?  It was about 14oF.  

Amazing how a night of -24 can change one's perspective.  That, and it is a dry cold.

Now we know where Cheryl's sister got her Bison.  Here was a herd along the highway about 100 miles south of the Yukon border.
 

Cocoa,  Get your ball!

It's on the picnic table.  Most picnic areas are still closed.


The scenery has been spectacular.  We didn't realize how much time we'd be spending driving through the Northern Canadian Rocky Mountains.  It looks alot like the French side of the Alps.

Mitch and Max up to their ---- in snow at the Yukon border.

The boys enjoy playing in the deep snow every chance they get.  Here you can see just how deep the piles are along the road.

To take the picture of the Yukon sign we had to climb over this pile of snow.


Night four.  We are in Watson Lake, Yukon.  Should be another cold night.  We couldn't find an RV park to plug in power so we are enjoying a night in a motel, (along with hot showers.)
Watson Lake is famous for their Signpost Forest.  They claim to have over 43,000 signs posted.  It takes up about a block and a lot of it is currently under four feet of snow.   I didn't see it when I took the picture, but now I even see a sign for my home town.  Can you find the sign for Everett, Washington?
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