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Trip Start May 02, 2012
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Trip End Jul 31, 2014


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Port Rupert RV Park

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Drove from a lovely stopover at the Provincial Park at Tyhee Lake near Smithers. It was a perfect sunny Sunday when we arrived and the local families were hard at play on the water, skiing, fishing and swimming... I am still in my spencer! It was lovely hearing the sounds of people having fun. It rained through the night and we left in the mist and rain, and it rained all the way to Port Rupert. We drove through incredible scenery - big snowy mountains, big rivers, big rains, big trees, big lakes, big glaciers ... (And big plates of food....! Gosh but the portions are huge here. We tend to share a portion, and still battle to finish! ). The rivers are in flood here, and The Alaska Highway has been closed for a couple of days, due to mudslides. They are in the process of fixing it up so it should be okay by the time we get there. Interestingly they are using Bailey Bridges. I remember the building of a Bailey Bridge across the Nahoon River in East London when they had the big floods in about 1970.

We found a soggy campsite in Prince Rupert, close to the ferry terminal... Full of people, because the closing of the Alaskan Highway has caused chaos with people now trying to get on the ferry. But we are now at McDonalds for free wifi... So convenient! I am full of admiration for some people who travel around. There are people in little pup tents in these cold conditions. A group of 4 motorcyclists arrived in camp late last night and set up their tents on the wet ground. I just couldn't do it... They carry so little with them, and surely it must be permanently cold and wet? They sat around a smoky fire in the drizzle till late. The light is amazing here... It stays light until 10:30 and then rises again at about 3am. We rarely need a light. It will be less dark as we travel north... You get used to going to bed in the light. It is so different to traveling in Africa where the dark is SO dark, and a torch is the most essential piece of equipment.

Sitting here next to a group of about 10 older men having their morning coffee. It reminds me of when we were in Italy and the locals gathered every morning in the piazza, or in their favorite bar for coffee and cards. The talk here is all fishing, fishing, fishing.... And boats.... Every time someone new arrives, they say... "... Here comes trouble!"...

Waiting to board the ferry in a couple of hours and then probably won't have Internet connection for 3 days...
No pics, too cold to get out of the car in the rain....

Back in a couple of days....
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