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Peace River Regional District

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  • Day58

    Done with Dawson

    August 12, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    So slept in fairly late for us, about 7:30 a.m., so had a slow start this morning. Think we are losing a little momentum....we might need a day where we dont go anywhere, or do anything but sit in camp. When we do have a little non travel time, I am usually doing some laundry and updating my Quicken. All this sight seeing and traveling does (sort of) wear on you a little. But as any one who knows me will understand, my thoughts go to phrases like; "I might not be back here again" or better yet " if I am just going to sit around I might as well be at home". I am trying to corral those thoughts and be open to where the day might go, maybe God has an even more interesting day then the one I am planning!

    Well today was just not that interesting...we did a little sightseeing in Dawson this morning, their history, railroad memorabilia and natural sciences museum, or perhaps we should just call it a collection. This was all located at the Visitor center, as well as the Dawson Art Gallery. I always enjoy art galleries, any of them, but Tom chose a bench that had the distinction of being in the sunshine! It was a beautiful day.

    Lunch, and then a visit to Pioneer Village, which was pretty well done for a small town. They had a number of relocated historical buildings, a couple of reproductions of older buildings, and they were all staged with old historical items that might be in use at the time. It was a Monday so it was really pretty much empty, so we just strolled around. It was nice because they did let Auggie in, as long as he was not taken inside the buildings, so we just "tag teamed" him through the walking tour.

    Late afternoon we took him to a groomer to have his nails trimmed. I have been giving him some oil supplement that is supposed to contribute to healthy fur, and therefore less shedding. ( that's what i was told...) well his fur does feel healthy; I am not sure if he is shedding any less, but I do feel like his nails grew out very fast! So we took him in for a quick "pawdicure". His nails look lovely, mine look horrible!

    Drove through Chetwynd, and out to Moberly Lake, yet another provincial park campground. Didnt get lakeside, but can see the sparkle through the trees! The only problem we have is the site next to us has a dog that Auggie can see and hear.... so he is a little preoccupied with the window!

    Burritos for dinner, chocolate chip cookie with milk for dessert.

    Happy footnote: in this southern location and at this time of year, sunset is at 9 p.m. or so. Really enjoying having longer nights! Kind of nice to go to bed with a dark room, without covering up windows. It is weird to see a dark night again!
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  • Day59

    Damn fine day at WAC Bennett Dam

    August 13, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    We had another late morning....this seems to be an ongoing theme with us lately. Could be we are just a little more use to this lifestyle, and are more relaxed about the days agenda? Hopefully!

    This stop is really not on the route south, it is a little off course because we thought we would drive out to the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, which is a massive earthen dam, similar (in concept only, not size) to Edison. This dam is huge and the reservoir behind it is the largest in Canada and something like the 7th largest reservoir in the world. This dam and the smaller dam below it, account for about 25% of BC's electrical needs. It was built in the 60s with a lot of controversy, and pretty much wiped out a way of life, homes, and burial grounds for several First Nation villages, as well as a significant amount of wildlife and habitats. The land and water use decisions just don't have easy answers anywhere.

    After the tour we drove across the dam, which was surprising since I am not sure we can do that anywhere back in California these days. There was a nice view point overlooking the reservoir and dam on the other side so we just enjoyed a quiet lunch in the RV.

    Spent the afternoon walking the little town of Hudson Hope which is on the road to the dam. One of the oldest towns in BC, (I think due to its proximity to the Peace River which is a large river), but it is a pretty small town. We walked along the Peace River with Auggie, and through some older historical buildings, and enjoyed their Tuesday Farmers Market. (Bought a fresh baked cinnamon bun!) Some one was there with a box of puppies to sell, so I even got to hold a puppy! It was pretty warm by the afternoon, 78 degrees, and in full sun that feels pretty warm!

    Drove back to Moberly Lake for a second night because we really liked this provincial park and it's on the way back to Chetwynd. This time we are lakeside, and it was warm enough that we were able to enjoy our dinner outside. Barbecue hamburgers (found them pre made with jalapenos and cheese at Safeway) and good ole cabbage and apple salad!

    Nice sunny day, easy driving, beautiful lakes, and puppies, what more could you ask for?
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  • Day57

    Mile "Zero", Dawson Creek

    August 11, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Started our day with Auggie's morning constitutional, a walk until he has, well, never mind.....wow, this is when I really miss having Cindy here! I

    This morning was a little cold and foggy!! Yes, foggy, don't ask me how or why, all I know is it was foggy! Maybe from cold air over Charlie Lake?? It was too foggy to tell....

    Even though we suspected that the view might be compromised, we drove out to what is known as Site C, the third BC Hydro dam project on the Peace River. This project is so big, even in the fog we could see the progression of work. It started in 2016 and is due to complete in 2024. Onsite worker housing is in place for over 3,000 employees, and they are working on the diversion tunnels, numerous riverbank re-enforcements, and infrastructure. The project, as with ALL dam projects, is highly controversial.

    We had hoped to get to another nice overlook of the Peace River valley back in town, but with the fog, we didn't even try. And then we discovered the local museum was closed on Sundays, two strike outs...so we went to Tim Hortons and got more breakfast treats and coffee!

    Hit the road for Dawson Creek which was only 50 miles away. We did have a very interesting stop at Historical Milepost 21, the Kiskatinaw Bridge. (I had to get my brochure out to spell it correctly) This is the only original wood trestle bridge left from 1942. It really is a beautiful curved bridge, and we walked on it as well as drove. It is no longer on the current highway because this is one of many sections of the Alaska Highway that had been re-routed.

    This section of the country is now just gentle rolling hills, lots of agricultural, and definitely looks like cowboy country. No mountains to be seen, but still very green! They grow a lot of hay here, and grain used for canola oil, besides oil, natural gas, and timber. So pretty rural looking.

    Arrived at mile "zero" about noon and checked into the visitor center for camping rec's and city tours. With our Dawson City "master" museum pass we also got a "free" commemorative pin and certificate of completion.

    Sundays are VERY quiet here. Most all locally owned business are closed. Had some lunch at a franchise restaurant, Original Joe's, which is like the pub version of CPK... excellent tomatoe bacon soup with crostini! Water instead of beer because I was trying to be frugal. (And the beer list didn't look that interesting) Tom stuck to fish, but in a taco format for a change.

    Then spent the afternoon at the Alaska Highway House, a museum dedicated to the story of the highway. Watched a PBS film about the construction that was really good, and was a nice ending to our experience with the highway. From here south we will just be on one of several "access" highways to the actual Alcan as it used to be named. We also got another "free" commemorative pin!

    Since it was 4 p.m., we headed slightly out of town (9 miles) to our camping spot for the night, Farmington Fairways Golf Course and RV Park. I think this must be a public course...Not bad, a little tired looking and showers were not very warm. I guess the premise is that you can vacation right at the golf course. So several of the sites had an RV and a golf cart. And some of these sites look like the occupants are here for the whole season...but there certainly is plenty of walking space for Auggie and I!

    Fish, pasta and a glass wine, done for the day!
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  • Day323

    Dinos in Tumbler Ridge

    June 23 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Die letzten Tage fuhren wir viel und genossen die Sonne.
    Heute morgen, als ich grad aufgestanden war, kam ein Mann auf mich zu und fragte, ob ich ein aufblasbares Kajak haben möchte. Er habe einen YouTube Kanal und seine Follower würden ihm die ganze Zeit Sachen schenken.
    Wir quatschen eine Weile und im Endeffekt habe ich nun ein aufblasbares Kajak, welches wir in den nächsten Tagen Mal ausprobieren werden. Nach dem Frühstück, kamen wir nach Tumbler Ridge, einer kleinen süßen Stadt zwischen grünen Bergen. Unzählige Wanderwege sind von umliegenden Kieswegen zu erreichen. Wir entschieden uns für einen Trail den flatbed creek entlang. Wir kamen zu kleinen Wasserfällen, überragenden Gesteinsplatten und zu einer Fundstelle von Dinosaurierspuren. Das ganze Gebiet um Tumbler Ridge ist ein Geopark mit unzähligen Urzeitfunden.
    Nach einigem suchen fand ich dann auch ein paar Fußabdrücke im Gestein.
    Nach dem Mittag liefen wir dann noch am Gwillim Lake entlang und fuhren anschließend noch bis Leod Lake.
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  • Day107

    WAC Bennett Dam

    May 11, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    The biggest hydroelectric dams in BC, it powers nearly 30% of the West coast.
    It's reservoir is a few hundred kilometres long!

  • Day142

    Camping on a mountain

    June 15, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Above boulder gardens we found a wild road going up the mountain. Half way up the was a pretty spot to camp, so we spent the night.

  • Day57

    Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada

    July 8, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌬 29 °C

    Von New York City sind wir in den vergangenen 15 Tagen 4950 km bis nach Dawson Creek gefahren. Zum Vergleich: Von Hammerfest im hohen Norden von Norwegen bis nach Algeciras ganz im Süden von Spanien sind es etwa 5400 km.

    In Dawson Creek befindet sich die 'Mile Zero', der Startpunkt des legendären Alaska Highway. 1942 wurde die 2285 km lange Trasse nach Delta Junction in Alaska in nur 9 Monaten durch die Wildnis geschlagen.
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  • Day89

    verfolgt von pech und schwefel

    May 30, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    nach einer wundervoll erholsamen und endlich mal termperaturmäßig erträglichen nacht haben wir uns wie angekündigt 3 stunden lang unserer wäsche und dem zweiten steinschlag angenommen. die wäsche wurde teilweise nicht ganz sauber, was bei dem vermögen das wir der ganz in rosa gehaltenen waschstube mit olga, der knochenbrecherin als aufpasserin, vermacht haben ziemlich ärgerlich war, aber im großen und ganzen waren wir irgendwann fertig damit.

    danach haben wir uns bei einem eiskaffee aufgemacht richtung dawson creek, dem nächsten kleinen ort. da haben wir das auto nochmal bisschen auf- und umgeräumt und dabei noch einige staubherde entdeckt. nachdem wir das visitor center besucht haben und uns mit neuen 20 infoheftchen eingedeckt über einen nahegelegenen ort der ca. 1001 attraktionen und mega viele coole und lange wanderwege zu bieten hat. ganz euphorisch und voller tatendrang haben wir uns dann zusammengesetzt und alles brav aufgeschrieben was wir denn alles sehen und welche wege wir wandern wollen und so weiter. in der letzten zeit gab es nämlich leider nicht wirklich etwas das anstrengende bewegung wert gewesen wäre.

    noch schnell wasser und obst eingekauft (4 äpfel für $3,62, die spinnen doch) und los ging es nach tumbler ridge, dem ort mit 1001 dingen zu erleben und zu sehen, unter anderem einen doppelt so hohen wasserfall als die niagara fälle. auf halbem weg musste es natürlich passieren, wie konnte es auch anders sein: waldfeuer. außer rauch sieht man nicht viel, dass der rauch außerdem extrem riecht und (auch wenn die kanadier das nicht glauben, ich bin mir da ziemlich sicher) zu 10000% nicht gesund ist kommt dann noch dazu. also können wir uns den ort - erstmal - abschminken. wenn wir es nicht vergessen kommen wir nach dem zweiten mal banff/icefields parkway/jasper nochmal her, da dieser ort nicht weit weg von jasper liegt.

    der rauch kommt übrigens von dem feuer das uns schon vor einer woche den weg abgeschnitten hat, in high level. das breitet sich momentan extrem aus und der rauch weht mehrere hunderte kilometer weit. also fahren wir gerade weiter richtung westen und hoffen dem rauch irgendwann zu entkommen. aber wir kennen es ja mittlerweile auch nicht mehr anders, also planänderung: wir fahren an die küste. eigentlich wollten wir uns das noch ein wenig aufsparen, weil es da noch unglaublicher wird als alles andere. wir werden auf die insel haida gwaii übersetzen, 8 stunden fährenfahrt bedeutet das. entlang der küste gibt es mega viele inseln die man sich angucken kann.

    bis wir an der fährenablegestelle in prince rupert oder so ankommen dauert es aber vermutlich noch 1 oder 2 tage. darauf freuen wir uns aber schon extrem, das wird bestimmt mega schön. und danach wollen wir noch mehr inseln ansehen, natürlich auch vancouver island, was so in etwa das juwel bcs ist.

    hauptsache wir kommen erstmal aus dem qualm raus und ich kann meine flaschenpost in einen fluss werfen. bin mal gespannt ob ich da was zurückbekomme.
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  • Day38

    Tumbler Ridge, Waterfall Capital of BC

    August 2, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 52 °F

    It is raining hard right now. We are sitting under our awning, at the Monkman RV Park, hoping the rain will stop so we can go exploring and see some more waterfalls.

    We just discovered that this weekend is a long weekend for Canadians. It is "Civic Day", which must mean 'everyone goes camping'. All campgrounds are full.

    With a break in the weather, we drove 60 miles round trip to Kinuseo Falls which is considered to be an icon of Northern British Columbia. The 225 ft waterfall was breathtaking.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Peace River Regional District, District régional de Peace River, Distretto regionale di Peace River, ピースリバー地域, Peace River, ضلع پیس رور, Distrikti rajonal Peace River, 和平河地區

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