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ANOTHER SCENIC STOP
4) SUMMIT PASS has great views of Summit Lake in
Stone Mountain Provincial Park.
We stopped for a few minutes at the pass (elev. 4,250 feet) at KM 1631 to
view the pretty glacial lake. It's much smaller than Muncho Lake but
every bit as scenic:
The campground at this location (shown in photo above) is closed
for the season, as was the one at Muncho Lake.
We'd like to
spend more time at one or more of these parks on the next trip up this
way. It was quite chilly both today and in early June when we passed
through this part of British Columbia. I imagine these parks are very
popular in mid-summer when it's warmer.
TOAD RIVER AREA
In addition to the pretty turquoise colors in Muncho and Summit Lakes,
several of the glacial rivers were quite pretty today – particularly
Toad River, which is between the two lakes:
An alluvial fan (sand, gravel,
and boulders carried down from the mountains
during heavy rain or
snowmelt and deposited in flat places in a fan shape)
Ranch near the village of Toad River
We drove on the only remaining suspension bridge on the Alaska
Hwy. over the Lower Liard River:
TRIPLE G CAMPGROUND IN FORT NELSON
When we got to the west side of Fort Nelson we eye-balled Triple G
Campground, where we spent a rainy night in early June. It wasn't
crowded like it was three months ago.
We drove farther into town to look at diesel prices and check out the Blue
Bell RV Park. We didn’t like the looks of it as much as Triple G, which
is shown in the next three photos:
That's our white Cameo in the center above.
We returned to
Triple G and got a larger pull-through space than
last time. Other RVs filled in later in the afternoon/evening but it
wasn't nearly as packed as it was when so many people were heading north
in early June.
more space next to us this time and the weather is much more pleasant than
was raining in June and there were puddles all over the
large campground. We have full hookups, a strong WiFi signal, and cable TV for
$36.96 Canadian, the same as in June.
Even more empty spots in the back section of the
campground. The distant row is for long-term camping.
The proprietor told us about a truck place behind the campground where we can
get diesel cheaper in the morning when we leave ($1.369). The price we
saw at all the stations along the main street was $1.449/liter, which is
more than in Watson Lake (different province, different taxes).
FORT NELSON HERITAGE MUSEUM
Jim rode his bike 7˝ miles around town before supper. I walked Cody around the
campground and through the
nearby grounds of the
Fort Nelson Heritage Museum.
Canadian flag on the left, American flag on the
probably in recognition of all the U.S. visitors
that come this way
The museum is closed for the season, which is OK. By just walking around
the grounds I got to see lots of
pioneer artifacts, vintage vehicles and machinery, highway construction
equipment, old cabins, etc. without having to pay $3. That's the senior
rate; younger folks pay $5.
Note the fancy natural burls on the wooden posts by the
There's much more than that to see on the grounds, and even more if the
place is open and you can go inside some of the buildings.
END OF A GOOD DAY
In the evening the wind picked up. There is a 30% chance of rain tonight
but tomorrow should finally be nice as we head toward Dawson Creek, BC,
Mile 0 of the Alaska Hwy. Hope the sun comes out!
It was nearly dark by 8:30 PM, which surprised us. Clouds made it seem
darker earlier. We’re also getting closer to the eastern side of the
Pacific Time Zone where it gets dark earlier than places where we stayed
the first two nights.
Next entry: visiting Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the ultra Lab
© 2012 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil