Monday, May 22, 2017

Relaxing Day in Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Triple G Hideaway RV Park

Bill was out early today cleaning the truck.  I planned on doing the laundry so I waited for his cleaning towels. 

Carlena and I went to the laundry at the RV park.  There were many machines.  I think there were at least 8 dryers and washers.  We are doing so much better with the loonies and toonies.

I ended up cleaning cupboards looking for a bag of bacon bits.  Finally, the cupboard I looked in last night and couldn't find the bacon bits, turned out to be the hiding place. 



We walked across the street from the museum, to check out the Information Center.









There's a huge parking lot with RV parking.








At first I thought this was the Visitor Center.










Then I realized this huge building was the Visitor Center.







They had some very nice souvenirs and local made products.








They had these Native American costumes for sale. One small one was priced at $40.





Harry tried to explain how this "RV" could travel anywhere.








There was some outside signage about the area.








I was really impressed how nicely this center was.





Can you tell all the Canadians who enjoyed the holiday weekend and now have to use the free dumps?



After our walk we sat outside and tried to solve some of the world problems before we went to dinner at the RV park restaurant.



As we were eating dinner, we watched as RV after RV entered the park.  There was just a handful of rigs here today but when we walked back there were many.

Turtle Safely......




Sunday, May 21, 2017

Another Night in Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Triple G Hideaway RV Park


We were very busy today but I'm not sure what we did. Today was the first day it was warm enough for shorts in the morning.  

I wanted to get some bread and eggs before we get to Liard Hot Springs where we will be boondocking.  Harry and Carlena drove us through the small town to the grocery store.  

I said I wanted to get a haircut today and they all started laughing saying it wasn't gonna happen.  Okay, I am calendar challenged, but I had no idea it was not only Sunday, but Victoria Day in Canada.   The only place in town open was the grocery store.  

We're still loving the Canadian prices with the exchange rate.  I really thought we'd find things much more expensive.  We are starting to get the hang of having to pay for a bag, if you don't bring one.  It's amazing how many articles I can carry out of a store without a bag.  

Today was a day of catching up on all the things, we haven't taken the time to do.  We had a charge wizard to install on the converter which took five minutes, but longer to move the stuff in the basement to get to it.  At least the basement got cleaned out.

It's been a while since our water heater has been cleaned out.  Harry said he'd never done his so we helped him.  He was amazed at all the crap that came out.  




Guess who stopped by for a visit?  Yes, Sue was in the area and stopped to see us.  


Once the decision was made to stay an extra day, the laundry will wait another day.  We walked up to pay for another night.  

The Fort Nelson Heritage Museum is next door and since we aren't doing laundry now, we walked over to check it out. 


Here's a treasure that was found in a old trunk and buried in a well.  Don't you wish that silverware could talk and tell the story behind it?

Bill always enjoys the jailhouses and law enforcement stuff.

All of you Harley enthusiasts should enjoy this "Hardly Davidson".  

We checked out all the "stuffed animals behind glass".  Now we should be able to identify the ones we find.

 I still found some I had no idea what they were.

There was a lot to see in this place, but were told there was more to see outside.

I should have taken a video of this bicycle that we were asked if we wanted to drive.   The back wheel pivots around.


This place had everything. 
Everywhere you look, there is something saying 75th Anniversary.

The bench is an old water heater I think.

And we got to meet Marli.  Bill asked him if he needed help.

He only had a couple of inches to get this car in between the others.

Marli posed for us.  What a collection he has!
This building was full of old cars.

Here's something Ron Lichtenberg and Vicki Allen might enjoy.  It's the post office.

There was a building with communication stuff in it.

A few of the buildings were already closed.

There was more stuff outside than there was in the museum.

I took this photo for all my hockey fans--a Zamboni.

If it moved at some time, I think it's in this place.

By the time we walked back from the museum, we were all tired and ready for dinner.

Turtle Safely........






Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Beary Great Day!

Fort Nelson, British Columbia
Triple G Hideaway RV Park and Campground

It was another beautiful day, so I suggested  to Bill he could get a chance to see the scenery and I'd drive.  The plan when we began today was to travel to Pink Mountain which would have been about 140 miles and stay at Sikanni River Campground.   


The Dawson Creek Visitor Center told us not to miss the Kiskatinaw River Bridge.  It's on the Old Alaska Highway.   Sue Valentine reminded us on Facebook and she also gave the weight limit converted to pounds.



I waited for Harry and Carlena to drive over it before I started across.  Bill jumped out and took a picture as I drove over it.




It's hard to believe they managed to build that bridge in eight months, in the same amount of time as the Alaska Highway was built.  
There was an area where we could park and walk back across the bridge.


Notice the curves in the wooden bridge?






It is really banked like a race track.



This bridge is now 75 years old.  It puts true meaning in the words, they don't make them like they used to.







Yes, Bill is in short sleeves.




We had a great time, checking out the bridge, but there's more up the road to see.





I was following Harry today.  I must say I didn't go down those 10% grades as fast as Harry.  


When you finally get out of that part of the steep grades, then you get to drive across a steel grated bridge.





The rest area had the cleanest rest rooms I've ever seen in a rest area.  


We were making good time and enjoying the drive so we talked about going a little further than Pink Mountain.  
With full fuel tanks, we can relax and go a little further.  These were the first self serve fuel stations we used.  






At this point we decided to go ahead and drive to Fort Nelson which was about 90 miles down the road.  





Bill took over the driving and we headed to Fort Nelson.  
  






Earlier in the day we saw two large wolves.  But I was getting discouraged about not seeing a bear.  It made our day when we saw these three bears.



As soon as we were parked at Triple G Hideaway we got out a bucket and cleaned some of the dirt of the coaches.  It didn't take long before both coaches were looking better.  With four of us working on them, it went so much quicker.

I've had our Direct TV using the Spokane feed.  I wasn't able to get it here but thankfully, the park has cable here.  




Harry was surprised when Bill said he never tried a corn dog.  The next thing we knew, Carlena had a big platter of them prepared.  




Boo has good table manners but she really sticks close to Bill.




After dinner we walked up to the camp store which has a restaurant. It was time for deeeesert as Ed Allard would say. We settled for sundaes.





Bill loved the bar stools which were saddles.


It was a long day and we all plan to sleep in tomorrow.






We looked at these sweatshirts in Dawson City but found them here for $27.00 (US).







Since this is the 75th anniversary year, we wanted a souvenir.  




We were worried about meeting up with the other Loosey Goosey members at the hot springs, but we're right on schedule.

Turtle Safely...........