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May 30, 2019 - To Chetwynd, BC

Today we traveled 198.5 miles in 3-3/4 hours. The roads from Prince George got a little rougher but not really a problem. On the highway north of Prince George we can see for miles ahead. We are next to the railroad tracks and we passed a really long train going the opposite direction. In the distance we can see some extremely tall Birch trees standing twice as tall as the evergreens (maybe cedars). The river we are along is the Crooked River (appropriate name) and it swelled up and became Kerry Lake at one point. We saw a few Black Bears...

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Aug 10, 2018 - Dawson Creek to Chetwynd

I wanted to do some grocery shopping before I left Dawson Creek but all the roads downtown were blocked off for a street parade. Apparently there’s a big rodeo on this weekend. I gave up & will do my shopping tomorrow in Fort St John. As soon as you get to town it’s easy to see why Chetwynd is known as the chainsaw carving capital. They’re everywhere & some of them are amazing. Apparently there are over 150 so I only saw a small percentage in my wandering around town.

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Canada 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - Chetwynd BC

We made our way north with stops in Grande Prairie, Alberta and then Dawson Creek, BC. Did a little RV and tire repair and then went over to Chetwynd, BC. We met with a friend that we had met through my sister, Vicki. Shirley, who is a native of Chetwynd was our tour guide and hostess. Chetywynd is a real neat little town of about 3000. Their claim to fame is an annual Chainsaw Carving Event which hosts the best carvers in the world. They are incredible. If you are interested in learning more, I am sure you will find more information about...

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May 28, 2017 - Up to Chetwynd

Today's travels were along McLeod Lake one of the early settlements in British Columbia, and included two Provincial Parks (Think "State Park") along the shore. Driving along, Larry saw a dark spot down the road and noticed that a car coming our direction had slowed way down. As we approached we saw a black bear just off the side of the road watching the traffic. Then he turned and ambled away. Cool, our first bear sighting. Our highway traveled along the Pine River which follows along the Canadian Rockies on the west side. The highway...

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Aug 13, 2016 - Chetwynd to Tumbler Ridge

August 12th and 13th On the spur of the moment we decide to make a detour to Tumbler Ridge where I have read about the significant discovery of dinosaur bones and tracks that was made in 2000 and has put BC on the map as a dinosaur destination that rivals Drumheller and the Tyrell Museum. A large area around Tumbler Ridge has been created as a Gobal Geopark, only one of two in North America. It was another beautiful drive down hwy 29 to the townsite and again the weather has been more summer like in the last few days than it has been. This...

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Jun 12, 2016 - Chetwynd, BC, Canada

Sunday the 12th we did a daytrip to Chetwynd, BC (w/o the camper, aka boat anchor), about 60 miles away to take in the International Chainsaw Carving competition. People come from all over the world, as far away as Japan to compete. We took in some of the judging, and then watched the "quick carve" competition. Each artist gets a big block of wood to start, and they get an hour and a half to complete their work while the crowd looks on and cheers. (Yes, we stood there for an hour and a half and watched this). After this competition, they...

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Alaska 2016

Apr 15, 2016 - Day 5 - You Can't Do Your Laundry Without a "Loonie"

Today Margie decided to do a load of laundry before we went sight seeing. They have a coin laundry here at Caron Creek RV park. She got the laundry needs together including coins for the machines and off she went. She came right back when she realized we were in Canada and the U.S. quarters she took with her weren’t going to work in the machines. Especially since the machines were $2.00 per load and only took “loonies.” I gave her 2 “loonies” to get started and a “toonie” to get change from the manager/owner, Elke, for the dryer. While...

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OTR with M and R

Apr 14, 2016 - Day 4 - Where Your Wiener Gets a Better Shake

We started out the day in Chetwynd, which is about 10 miles from where we’re staying. They’ve had a chainsaw carving championship here for 12 years now. And I wanted to see some of the carvings that are around town. Before each carving championship they distribute the previous carvings around town to make way for the new ones. First we were going to go to the visitors center. We went all the way through town and didn’t see it. We stopped at the welcome to Chetwynd sign on the other end of town and took pictures of the sign and the carvings...

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Apr 13, 2016 - Day 3 - I WON!

Day 3 – I WON! I started out thinking today would be boring and I wouldn’t have much to write. Boy was I wrong. First we went shopping at Walmart in Prince George. There I found another measuring problem. I decided I wanted some chocolate (Margie has had us on a limited sweets diet). All the candy seemed so much more expensive and I couldn’t find my favorite chocolate treats, Hershey Miniatures. I found the bulk items which included chocolate stars. Now I was confronted with the fact that they were sold by the gram or kilogram. I thought I...

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Aug 18, 2015 - Photos from Valdez

I finally have been able to up load 4 pictures taken at Wrangell National Park. Not sure they do it justice, but take a look Today we drove to Chetwynd British Columbia. It was through wilderness that has a lot of logging and oil and gas services. Everyone drives a truck. Out of 50 vehicles one or two are cars everything else is a truck a dirty truck! Chetwynd is the home of the World Championship chain saw carving championship and the streets are lined with the winners! We know we will not have WiFi too much over the next couple of...

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Aug 9, 2015 - and south we go to Hudson Hope and Chetwyn

So we headed out on the road, through our whole trip the roads have been pretty good. Onto Hudson Hope, home of the WAC Bennett Dam The tours were closed for the day, We did not want to unhook the car and drive up if there was no tours. So we visited the tourism and Historical Museum, the town has been around for 200 years.There were 2 deer walking around the tourist information booth and Museum, right down main street. Cute little town! Pats Mom and Dad were here during the dam construction. Most of the pictures taken from Google...

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Jun 14, 2015 - Chetwynd, British Columbia

Filled up with gas at Flying J (first one we've seen in Canada) and started up Highway 97 at 8:55 this morning. It is a sunny, clear day but got windy. The views are more lakes, rivers and lush green. You've probably heard that expression, "can't see the forest for the trees" well that sums it up. It is less populated the farther we go. We had our first black bear sighting and a large deer. The farther north we go daylight lasts longer. It was light at 10 PM when I went to bed and it was light this morning at 4. We arrived at Caron Creek RV...

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