Greg's 2007 Odyssey travel blog


TUESDAY, JULY 3- DAY 1 - RENDEZVOUS

DAWSON CREEK -Northern Lights RV Park

Directions - 1½ miles (2 KM) south of Dawson Creek on Highway 97south, towards Prince George.

Milepost guide page 126

*Registration for those who are arriving today. Early arrivals will be registered as they come in.

*Rendezvous and Welcome -- Our exciting adventure is about to begin!

Our Northern Lights hosts, McGuire Family, are happy to be part of your Alaska Adventure. Northern Lights RV Park is close to all services offered in the City of Dawson Creek, including a swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, farmer's market, and shopping services.

Dawson Creek sits at the beginning of the Alaska Highway. Tourists from all over the world have had their pictures taken at the famous Mile "O" Post downtown. We'll go there, too, tomorrow. The town's Station Museum contains film footage of the construction of the Alaska Highway. The museum also has pioneer artifacts and wildlife displays.

If you have time to hit some of the highlights of Dawson Creek, check out the Walter Wright Pioneer Village. It transports visitors back in time to the 1940s, when the first workers arrived to begin construction on the Alaska Highway during World War II.

THE ALASKA HIGHWAY (ALCAN)

The Alaska Highway was built by the U.S. Army in 1942 and opened to civilian traffic in 1948. It is open all year and driven by thousands of motorists in all sorts of vehicles. The Alaska Highway begins at Mile 0 in Dawson Creek, BC, and ends 1,390 miles later at Delta Junction, AK (Historical Mile 1422). Historical Miles reflect historical driving distances along the Alaska Highway: the highway is shorter today than it was in the 1940s, with reconstruction and rerouting shaving off more miles every year.

The first 613 miles/987 km of the Alaska Highway are in British Columbia, where it is designated BC Highway 97. The highway travels in a northwesterly direction from Dawson Creek, BC, to the Yukon Territory border near Watson Lake, YT (Historical Mile 635). From there it continues as Yukon Highway 1, crossing 577 miles/929 km of Yukon Territory to Port Alcan on the Alaska border. The Alaska Highway crosses into Alaska at Historical Mile 1221.8, where it becomes Alaska Route 2. From this international border, it is 200 miles/322 km to Delta Junction, AK, the official end of the Alaska Highway, and 298 miles to Fairbanks, the unofficial end of the highway, at Historical Mile 1520. (The 98-mile stretch of highway between Delta Junction and Fairbanks is part of the Richardson Highway from Valdez, although it is designated Alaska Route 2 and often treated as a natural extension of the Alaska Highway.)

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Today was another day of relaxation before the day of orientation for the group, planned for tomorrow.

We did some last minute shopping at Safeway. We also did some housekeeping chores on the coach. Ann did the bathroom floor. I vacuumed the carpets and removed the bug splatter from the front of the coach. We then took on the refrigerator. It needed defrosting and cleaning.

At 4 PM we all met in the park's meeting room and heard about Dawson Creek history and the story of the construction of the Alcan Highway. Dawson was a Canadian Government surveyor who laid out the railroad route across Canada. The Alcan highway was built during WWII to provide a way to get troops up to protect AK.

We had a light dinner salad and spent the evening watching TV and grooming Socks. Ann has spoiled him rotten. She brushes him ever day. His coat is so soft and shiny. He just loves it. He was on his back, legs wide apart, being brushed. She also holds him in her lap while we drive down the road. I just hope that he doesn't expect to sit in my lap after we get back from AK!

I had slept wrongly the night before and my back was bothering me. So I took a pain and anti-inflammatory pill. They caught up with me after watching my favorite TV program (NCIS). I turned in at 8:30 PM.

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