– Our neighbors on one side are from Edmonton. He is a hot air balloonist who won the Canadian balloon competition (no official name comes to mind). They recommended a bug screen for the front of the truck as June bugs here are larger than quarters and make quite a mess.
– Our neighbors on the other side showed up with a very nice 39 ft 5th wheel. They are from Grande Prairie and come to this little park for camping. Last night they drove their pickup home and returned with their Cadillac SUV. There are perks to staying close to home. They recommend we get rock guards so The Whale doesn’t get beaten to death with loose stones.
– first outing today is to the GMC dealer for screens and guards. We were able to find just the right rock guard at a company called Cap It. Brett plans to install it later today. They didn’t have the screen that we need though so that will be another project for another time.
– I have nothing against the campground but it was pretty much camping at the mall in a pit with some trees. The part of Grande Prairie we were in was just one huge mall after huge mall. Two miles further on and we are back in farmland.
– i seem to have left my animal silhouette identification card at home but I think I just saw a field full of elk.
– Beaverlodge, AB features a 15 foot high beaver perched on a 19 foot log. I’m happy that I saw it because I’ll be missing the “World’s Largest Ball of String” on this trip. The beaver is a nice substitute.
– welcome to British Columbia, The Best Place On Earth and another time zone. Dawson Creek does not follow daylight savings so is on Pacific time for the summer.
– oil rigs looking like giant candles with gasses burning off the top
– we have arrived at Dawson Creek, mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. I am so disappointed to discover that it is nothing like I imagined. It is about the size of Presque Isle, busy with traffic and the weather is again very hot. There is some sort of historic district which I hope will provide a nice experience because we are staying here for 2 nights and I really want a good memory of this place.
– our campground host is a taciturn fellow who used as little energy as possible getting us to our site. We did actually try for another campground situated well out of town but they are full. The caravans to Alaska tend to take all the spots as they are passing through.
– it is still very hot today so we fired up the air conditioner. Then the circuit breaker at the power pole started to trip. Since we were already set up we hoped this was not a fault in the pole because it’s a pain to move. After a bit of detective work we decided that starting the microwave and accidentally having the water heater on probably contributed to the problem. We reduced the load and I’ve been happily air conditioned all day.
– lunch definitely helped to change my mood.
– the campground is adjacent to the Walter Wright Pioneer Village. This seemed like something we should visit. The South Peace Historical Society built the attraction from a collection of original buildings, donated artifacts and vintage vehicles. With boardwalks and a gravel Main Street it represents a street in pioneer days (1912-1945). Thank goodness for earnest historical societies. Their hard work has helped educate so many.
– our campground host also controls access to the village. He warmed up to us a bit after we left a donation and told him how much we enjoyed it. Later in the afternoon he came by our site to see how everything was and was quite chatty. He stayed for a while to watch Brett work on installing the new rock guards (and had rock horror stories to tell). He even said he’d reboot his wifi to see if that helped us get a connection. It did not.
– we are going to stay here one more day because there are more sights we want to see. We did plan our next destination (Fort Nelson) and called ahead for a campsite since Wednesday is the Dominion Day holiday here in Canada. The lady we talked to sounded like a hoot. When we said we’d like to stay for a night she said “you might as well; everybody else is”.
– so to everybody else I say “Get ready because here we come”