June 7, Wednesday
Today is the day we ended our marathon dash west, to arrive in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. You can go no further unless you want to end up in the ocean! I am reminded of Bob and Susan “Brubikers” who began their cross-country recumbent bicycle trip on the west coast by dipping their bike tires in the Pacific Ocean.
I'll begin with a picture of our little travel companion -- Charlie Button. She has adapted to long days in the truck beautifully. As a reward, we give her a large, raw, rib bone (with lots of meat) to chew on when we get to our destination. It helps her chew off some of her built-up energy!
Leaving Prince George and driving on Highway 16, we could tell that we were leaving the last spots of frequent civilization. There were nicely-developed towns, but they were separated by long stretches of two-lane highway with no visible population. The road itself was occupied by a lot of timber transport trucks, and every town seemed to have at least one operational lumberyard. The other feature that we noticed was that Spring was very much in evidence with lots of blooming lilac and new light-green growth on the deciduous trees. We also passed by people plowing their garden plots. And, when we got into the mountains, we saw a tremendous amount of spring snow melt flowing down the mountains
Just when we thought mountains were behind us, these beauties popped up in front of us. With just 311 km to go we wondered if we were going to be going up and over, around, or thru them! It turns out we went through them – not in tunnels, but in winding passes that skirted the bases of the mountains and with very little gain in altitude. We also saw caution signs to watch for moose, elk, bear, and jumping dear on the road. Should we be so lucky, I rode 400 miles with my camera in my lap!
At this point we have logged 3,500 miles and 64 driving hours in six days! This, Prince Rupert, is the real start of our Alaska adventure! Tomorrow will be a day to do laundry and clean up, and Friday we get on the ferry. Inside passage --- here we come!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown