Best day for wildlife viewing

Trip Start Jul 12, 2010
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Trip End Sep 24, 2010


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Rotary RV Park

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

  Today is grandson Parker's birthday. He turns 11 today. I remember the day he was born. Missy and Steve still lived in Hazen so Logan stayed with us when Steve & Missy went to the hospital. We went down the next day so Logan could see his new baby brother. Parker is a 5th grader this year and I believe the best 11 year old kid in the world!
    As we drove out of Liard River Provincial Park this morning, we saw small herds of buffalo on both sides of the road. The grass was lush green and they were just munching away. Their coats looked awesome….shiny and smooth. 
   The day for wildlife viewing just got better from there. As we drove through the very scenic Muncho Lake Provincial Park and Summit Lake (Stone Mountain) Provincial Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, we saw more wildlife than any other single day on this trip. We saw caribou several times, more than we could count; we saw a moose; we saw Stone sheep several times and lost the count on those; we saw a big black bear; we saw whitetail and mule deer; and we saw a wolf. We figured out that I could open the window and screen above the couch or loveseat and take a picture without trying to do it through a window so I was constantly undoing my seatbelt and trying to get back there, open the window and get the picture before we were past. It wasn’t always successful. Sometimes the animal disappeared and sometimes Wayne couldn’t slow down enough to give me enough time. It definitely kept us entertained.  
   I mentioned in yesterday's entry the two couples we visited with at the Hot Springs last night. We stopped to fill gas in Watson Lake, BC and I was getting out of the camper and guess who was filling gas on the next pump----the couple from Juneau! We chatted for a few minutes about the beautiful drive and all the wildlife along the way and wished each other safe travels once more. 
   By the way, this turned out to be our most expensive gas we put in at $1.129 a liter. The range in Canada thus far has been $.97-$1.12 per liter. That’s almost $5.00 a gallon…yikes! The price of diesel in Alaska ranged from $3.55-$4.00. The lowest in the lower 48 was the first time we filled in Big Timber, MT at $2.93. We didn’t write down what it was in Hazen when we filled at Hiway Express before we left…maybe less.
   Our treat for the day was a root beer float at the A & W across from the gas station. It was disappointing as they had frozen a blob of ice cream and dropped it into the root beer instead of using soft ice cream. They must not have a soft ice cream machine that they maintain all the time….who knows!
   We did get into the energy production region of British Columbia. There were natural gas wells and compression sites and plants in several locations.  There was also a hydroelectric plant/dam and a coal mine that we passed.
   We had decided to drive to Fort St. John and stay at the Rotary RV Park that had been recommended by Ken & Terry Peterson on their trip itinerary they shared with us. It was going to be 7:00 when we arrived there which was fine except that I had taken out hamburger in the morning to make spaghetti sauce which I like to simmer for awhile. We decided to stop and eat and I’d make the spaghetti sauce when we got there for tomorrow night. The Milepost had a good recommendation for The Shepherd’s Inn which was a wayside café along the way. It was only 20 minutes from the RV Park so great location for us.
   We pulled into the parking lot and who walks toward the Inn from their tent they had just set up but the couple from Juneau! At this point I get scratch paper and pen to take in with me…I’ve got to get these people’s contact information. We already have a table when they come into the café and we invite them to join us. Their names are Roy and Ruth and they are doing a house exchange for the winter with a couple that they met on a hiking trail from Palm Springs, CA. We share family and travel stories over dinner and then get each other’s e-mail addresses and phone numbers. If we get to southern California this winter or if we ever get to Juneau we’ll certainly give them a call.
   The surprise when we came out of the café was that it was dark outside and only 7:45 pm. Guess we can tell we’re getting further south. We found the RV Park easily using the Milepost and mile markers and the office was still open. They had a pull through site with electricity (Wayne can use his electric heating pad) and WiFi (I can update the travel blog and check e-mail) so we were pleased. We’ll have to wait until the morning to find out what Ken & Terry liked so much about this Park.
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