Work camp breakfast gets us back on the road in British Columbia
As usual, skies were a dull gray color and overcast when we left Stewart, British Columbia, headed for a campground in Smithers about 200 miles away. It’s July 31 and leaves on birch trees were already turning a slight yellow color, some of which were falling to the ground and just another reminder that we were still in the north country. However, it was not raining for a change.
Along with our traveling partners from Canada, Don and Sue, we have been on the road for 79 days, traveling north through Canada and to the end of the road in Homer, Alaska. We have seen and traveled through mountains most every day, marveled at the roadside wildlife and caught enough salmon and halibut to fill the small RV freezers. Now, we are driving south through the Rockies in northwest Canada after over-nighting in Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK.,heading for home in Florida.
The RV Campground in Smithers, B.C., faced Glacier Gulch where this photo was taken.
Leaving Stewart, we drove through huge mountains, spotted a couple of impressive glaciers and marveled at beautiful Lake Meziadin before stopping at a crossroads with a service station and a work camp restaurant which also served the traveling public. Breakfast fare here was what one would expect in a work camp with fried eggs, potatoes and white toast. The meal was almost satisfactory, although service was slow and the meal was expensive. Martha’s journal noted that the parking lot here was about an acre of dirt and potholes. There was nothing else resembling a restaurant for 200 miles.
The Nass River on Highway 27 en route to Smither, B. C. Photo taken from a one lane wooden bridge.
As a back note, while at the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Center in Hyder last night, we asked a Department of Interior employee if there was a restaurant in Meziadin? He said he didn’t know for sure when he was interrupted by another worker who said “Don’t ask him. He hasn’t been out of town in six years.” Welcome to Alaska.
One never knows what to expect on the road: We were on BC Highway 37 when the road suddenly narrowed, slowing traffic for a one lane wooden bridge ahead over the Nass River. We stopped at the Junction of Highways 16 and 37 to photograph the picturesque Seven Sisters Peaks and continued on to Smithers, arriving about 4:30 to nice warm temperatures and a setting sun.
Early the next morning Martha took pictures of Glacier Gulch, which faces the campground while I unhooked the RV in preparation for the 240 mile drive to Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Except for nursing a bad cold and Martha still suffering from unknown back pains, it was a pleasant, uneventful drive to Prince George, which will be the largest town we visit until reaching Jasper in a couple of days.
Don and Sue, our traveling partners from Canada, found a dealership to change the oil in their RV, but unfortunately, another motorist backed into their RV, causing minor but aggravating damage that will not be fixed until arriving at their home near Ottawa, Canada.
DAYS ON THE ROAD: 79
GALLONS OF FUEL: 935
COST OF FUEL: $3,189
MILES ON THE ROAD: 8,339