Monday, July 17, 2017

One Last Look

Telkwa, British Columbia
Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Campground

I was really torn about leaving without seeing the bears and salmon at Fish Creek in Hyder, but I knew the smart thing to do was get as far east as possible due to all the fires and road closures.

We were ready to hitch on early and Harry and Carlena weren't outside yet.  I just needed to do one last check at Fish Creek in Hyder to make sure the salmon and bears weren't there yet. 

I would have gone earlier but the border crossing didn't open until 8 am and I didn't want to deal with the phone reporting.

When Bill drove into the lot every parking space was full except for one handicap space.  I had my hopes up.  The rangers we talked with yesterday said to go check it out, as there have been bears but the salmon aren't running yet.   




As we were leaving Alaska, I took a photo of this sign.






And while I was taking a photo of this sign at the border crossing guess what walked underneath the sign?
Yep, the same bear that was there the other day.




Not far down the road we ran into some construction.  There were warning signs of the extremely dusty conditions.  I really don't understand why they use a pilot car as you aren't able to see the flashing lights.



The scenery was beautiful and once we were past the construction the road wasn't bad.





The road actually turned even better when we got on the Yellowhead.  There were center lines and even side lines with a shoulder.  A really smooth road.




Look who followed us into the rest area.  It's Roger and Sharon Hime.  A few minutes later Janice and Robin pulled in too.  Janice and Sharon were trying to make RV reservations for tomorrow.  The park they called said they were filled up from the people who were evacuated from the fires. They were staying in Hazelton today but we didn't have any idea where we'd try and stay.  

The park ranger in Hyder had told me that a fire broke out at Fraser Lake.  We want to go east of the Yellowhead highway.  Fraser Lake is on this highway west of Prince George.  Highway 97 is the north south route that intersects at Prince George.  

We pulled into Fort Telkwa Riverfront RV Campground & Park and immediately liked this place.  It has full hook-ups, including 50 amp service, cable, WIFI, laundry and picnic table.  When I did the currency exchange, the rate was $26.10.  There is also a space to wash your coach or truck. The sites are all back ins that are perfect when you have a rear living room window and the view of the river.  

 Here's a photo from the nature path running along the river looking up at the coaches.  





Carlena was able to get an appointment for Boo to be checked out with a vet tomorrow.

Harry drove everyone back to Smithers for dinner.  He picked a really good place--The Riverhouse.  

The food was very good but the margarita's were excellent!







Bill and I went for a walk along the river nature trail.







We were told we could walk to town along the trail.







I decided to pick some wild flowers and berries.








Turtle Safely.........

17 comments:

  1. Canadian Wildfires have gotten worse over the last few years. Hope you make it Safely without having to go too far out of your way.
    Enjoy the trip!

    It's about time.

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    1. Sometimes detours turn out to be very good.

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  2. When we were there we saw one fire, a long ways in the distance. It's such a shame to see that beautiful country in flames. Same goes for California, as one fire within 30 miles of my place is taking houses right and left. Glad you are making it out safely!!!

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    1. We're just going day by day. It changes very quickly.

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  3. Sorry you missed the bears, Travel safe!!

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  4. We also found a super nice campground in Hazelton, BC. Got a Good Sam AND a senior discount. Cheap!! And we were able to wash all that construction dust you kicked our way. We sparkle once again. Heading for Prince George this am.

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  5. The biggest fire is at Williams Lake which is right on your route, not sure how you are going to get around it. Be safe.

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    1. We're hoping to be able to go through Jasper to Edmonton. Are you safe?

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  6. Those dang fires are just terrible.
    What a very nice campground and the price is excellent for sure.

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    1. I forgot to mention they also have a sauna.

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  7. I cringe at the thought of 40 mies of dirt and gravel road! Oh well, Craig wants to go that way in September. Hopefully we will be able to see the bears and dodge the firs.

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    1. The Alaska highway was much worse going south than when we came up it. The Cassius was beautiful, a lot more remote, and saw more animals than all of Alaska.

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  8. Sorry about the lack of bears and the presence of fires. Hope you're able to re-route to avoid burn areas. Safe travels.

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    1. We think we should have cell phone service along this route. The Yellowhead isn't as remote as the Cassius.

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  9. Be safe. My niece and family have been evacuated from Williams Lake where they live. ~ Betty Graffis

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