Enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the cafe in the Sourdough Campground. Reindeer sausage, eggs, sourdough pancakes, biscuits and gravy.
Strawberry pancakes for breakfast. Drove through Kluane National Park in the morning. Saw two year-old grizzly bears next to the road. Bear and moose scat very frequently in the road.
Bus needed a jump start this the morning. Suspected the cooler temperatures to be the cause. Ran into the longest stretch of construction on the trip, about 10 miles of caravanning through dust and mud. We drove from Nugget City, YK to Pine Lake Provincial Park which is situated to the east of Haines Junction, YK. Canada's Provincial Parks are equivalent to our state parks. We saw about 7 elk, one moose, a bald eagle and a free range horse (haha).
We left Fort Nelson, BC around 10:15AM. We had scheduled a long day of driving. Saw some beautiful sights so we stopped at various turnouts to take photos, stretch legs, bathroom breaks and to eat. We went through Steamboat Pass and Summit Pass (both elevation of over 4,000ft) which were the highest scheduled summits on the trip. Also stopped at Muncho Lake to take photos and stretch.
Woke up early to drive to Kal Tire in Dawson Creek, BC. We ate some breakfast, brushed our teeth and let the dogs stretch and sniff around while we waited. All of our tire problems were solved by 10AM for about $30 - Shoutout to Kal Tire!
Stocked up on food in Edmonton in the morning along with picking up differential fluid. Pete made quick work of adding more differential fluid and we were back on the road at a decent time.
Left Lethbridge, AB around 11am. Stopped for lunch and fuel near Calgary, AB. Rained a bit there--free car wash on the road! That night, we stayed at another nice campground on the outskirts of Edmonton.
We departed Lewiston, MT mid morning. Crossed into Canada at the Sweetgrass, MT border crossing. Not a single issue at the border.
We departed Aberdeen, SD at 9am. Today is scheduled to be our longest drive to Lewiston, MT, about 600 miles. Quick pit stop at Mina, SD to check and secure loads. Stopped in Mobridge, SD for lunch, gas and hardware store.
We spent hours loading the bus and the Subaru. Though we had laid out and organized everything days in advance, it took a lot of muscle and Tetris skills to load the vehicles.
Today is the day we officially began our major prep work for our journey to our new home in Alaska. We've had the Alaskan itch for a couple years now and it's so exciting to see it take shape.
Hello, I am Melissa, owner of Wild North Design. Recently, my husband and I decided to pick up and move to Alaska. This dream has been a couple years in the making and we are enjoying the journey so far. We love to learn and make all kinds of things. From wood craft, to painting, to vehicles, landscaping, building, exploring...we love it all! We are finding out that Alaska is a great fit for our restless minds and bodies! Excited for what the future holds for our expanding family!
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