Day 3 on the Alaska Highway is a record for us, four driving days in a row. Although it is not the way we usually prefer to travel, there are a lot of miles to cover. But we plan to slow down at this point as we head on to Muncho Lake.
The rest area where we spent the night was surrounded by mountains, but they were not visible in the morning as there was a combination of smoke and fog in the area. Fog is common in these mountains and the smoke is from a nearby wildfire.
We planned a much shorter drive, through an area known for wildlife, and drove very slowly. Which is possible because there is not much traffic and there are pullouts to let other vehicles by. After Fort Nelson, the road has definitely changed and feels very remote. There is only the very occasional roadhouse, some with fuel (out of some very funky pumps).
It began to rain early in the day, probably a good thing if in fact there is a wildfire nearby, but not so good for driving and photography. Fortunately, it was mostly a light rain. As we drove on this section, we were watching for stone sheep, caribou and bear. None appeared. Perhaps they were hiding from the rain.
We stopped to sample some “world famous” cinnamon buns at Tetsa River Services and Campground. The little shop on the property is a combination bakery, café and gift shop. The buns were delicious and we bought some fresh bread.
We had a couple of good soups, and were able to publish yesterday’s blog post. That and saw the 8,000 hats on the ceiling!
Tip of the Day: Because we cannot use our cellular-based internet in Canada and there are large areas with no coverage on the Alaska Highway, we have to find alternatives for internet access. We have had zero cell signal since Fort Nelson and many campgrounds do not have WiFi, so we instead take advantage of visitor centers, big box stores (can sometimes access WiFi from the parking lot), Tim Hortons restaurants, cafes and libraries. As we head north there are fewer choices so we’ll see how that goes.
Day 3 driving recap:
Road Type: 2-lane
Road Conditions: Relatively Smooth with some dips and gravel breaks.
Miles Today: 102
Miles driven from Canadian border: 1170
Miles on the Alaska Highway: 443
Driving Time: 4:00
The drive was quite scenic, even with the rain. We were surrounded by mountains, most of which are covered in green. In fact, with the fog around some of them reminded me of a tropical forest. There are rivers and riparian zones by the road, and we saw quite a few large beaver ponds (but unfortunately no beavers).
Our plan is to stop for a few nights in the area of Muncho Lake, a beautiful glacial lake. There are two Muncho Lakes Provincial Parks with RV sites: Strawberry Flats and MacDonald. Both are very similar but we preferred MacDonald, and it had more spaces and seems a bit better for kayaking.