Hinton to Dawson Creek

Trip Start May 25, 2008
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Trip End Aug 03, 2008


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Northern Lights RV Park

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Very blah day, at least for the drive. Today's trip was not far in miles - only around 300 miles - but it was all on two lane roads out in the middle of nowhere. We only passed about two cities. Not top of the not so exciting drive, we had London type weather - cold and drizzle. We road north from Hinton, Alberta to Grand Prairie for 4 hours on a twisty up and down type road. I'm sure the landscape was OK, but we could not see past half a mile. Grand Prairie is a town of about 50,000 and it seemed like everyone was out with a ton of road construction. It took forever to get through, after miles and miles of no body. We did part at the visitors center to eat a quick lunch before we took off for our final destination of the day - Dawson Creek, British Columbia and the start of the world famous Alaska Highway. It was less than two hours from Grand Prairie and all its dust. We reached Dawson Creek late in the afternoon - though when we entered British Columbia we went into the Pacific Time Zone: wow, we have driven far. We drove straight to Northern Lights RV park just outside town. It was an OK park though we had a drive through which was great after a hard day's drive. You should see the dirt and grime on the RV and truck now - it was caked on thick. You can hardly see outside the back window. We had some time to tour, so we went to the Dawson Creek Visitor Center where we picked up a ton on info about the highway ahead and they had a nice little history museum. The highlight was a 1 hr. video about the making of the Alaska Highway - though it was 16 years old. We then went around town to some shops to work on the RV. We just discovered that our crack in the ceiling in the bedroom of the RV had become bigger and that our dresser and cabinet on that one side had sunk one inch. Uh, oh!!! Well me and my infinite wisdom decided to jack the area up using the truck jack. This seemed to help a little, though I did have to get a jack from somewhere else.  Plus I needed some brackets to close in the holes in the RV. Our main store was this place we had never been to before called Canada Tire. I'd seen a few of these before but I just thought they were huge tire places (about the size of a supermarket). Then we came to find out that they had other goods as well - kinda like their version of an old Wal-Mart (before the super's came out). We bought lots of little things to fix-up the RV and it was a very well-rounded store. Wish they would come south. We also hit the Wal-Mart to get some food for the night - Indian style Salmon. After the driving, the museum, & the shopping, I was pooped out. Luck for me Pooh did the cooking. After dinner, I went to the "internet lounge" at the campground to blog for a few hours, though the speed was very slow. I think I'm about to get far behind again. Pooh called her self "Boo Hoo Bear" today.
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