Today was one of our shortest drives. It was our first day on the Alaskan Highway.
We met a nice couple at our motel in Dawson Creek this morning. They are going to Alaska and were stopping in Fort Nelson, too. They were both retired and are from Michigan.
We saw small black bear run across the road about 50 miles outside of Dawson Creek. Those suckers sure can run fast! That was pretty much it for wild life sitings. We were diligently on the lookout for moose and elk since there were numerous warning signs. We saw not a one. Maybe tomorrow will be better. In all fairness, we (Tom did all the driving today) drove in the rain quite a bit. It would come and go.
Most of our trip took us through rolling hills with mostly fir trees and Aspens lining the road. We were pleasantly surprised to find the Alaskan Highway is a wide two lane road in very good condition for the most part. There were short parts which where rough but in general they were very short.
The Powder River valley was the most scenic place we drove through. We had to descend a long winding hill to the river bridge (the river is big here) but the trip up on the other side was not nearly as steep. The bluffs on the north side of the crossing were quite steep, almost cliffs. We didn’t stop for pictures because traffic was pretty heavy there and there were not many good places to pull off the road.