Alaska Stories and Tips

1st week – Leaving the Lower 48 States

Hell's Gate on Hwy 1 just North of Hope Photo, British Columbia, Canada

It was the second week of August when we left southern California. Up and down the west coast was experiencing a heat wave, even Seattle was in the 90’sF. Our original plan was to take our time camping all the way to Alaska until it got really cold and wet. Strike that, it was too hot to camp; instead we stayed in motels using coupons we picked up. We drove straight up Interstate 5 and crossed into Canada on the third day.

We started our tent camping in British Columbia at Juniper Beach Provincial Park - it was lousy. We’ll write reviews on campgrounds later. After several days of driving, we finally took a few days off at the pretty Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park just north of Quesnel. Later in the week, we made a half day stop at Prince George. It is a pretty big town with Costco, Wal-Mart, and more. We took care of laundry and bought a big can of bear spray. We also stocked up on maps and tourist info pamphlets at the visitor center. And the Two River Gallery at the Civic Center Plaza was worth a stop. Unfortunately, the Prince George Native Art Gallery was closed for good.

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