Day Four
Day Four

Liard River Hot Springs, B.C. to Dawson Creek, B.C.
June 16th, 2004

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Brian - If you have to ask, you don't know your sulphurous bathing holes
Theresa - The dipped cone in Dawson Creek
Brian - None
Theresa - The shortage of Dairy Queens, and therefore dipped cones, over the course of the day
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
Miles Theresa Drove
153 (440 total)
A little bit of everything, but it is getting warmer...
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
Where this Page was Uploaded
Hot water chub, stone sheep, caribou
Swan Lake Provincial Campground
Billings, MT

Daily Didactic
Brian has driven the Alcan a lot. He can't really recall any more, but it is around twenty times and definitely once more than Todd. Sadly, it wasn't until his and Theresa's first lengthy road trip that he took the time to stop at Liard River Hot Springs. They haven't missed it since. The hot spring has upper and lower pools, the upper being a lot more muddy, murky and smelly. Clearly this is Brian and Theresa's favorite. The lower is way hotter and a little more civilized, but you really have to do them both while you are there. That said, any day that starts with a muddy smelly dip is a good sign that things are going well and today was no different. After sleeping in, dipping in the springs, and reploying camp we made it on the road promptly at noon.

This is one of the most majestic stretches of the Alcan, taking in Toad River, Muncho Lake and Summit Lake. It was a blue bird day over the summit and the scenery was spectacular. Down the backside of what the MilePost simply calls "Summit", things are still pretty but the communities are not so charming. Fort Nelson and Fort St. John both peddle gas, food and lodging, but also clearly make more of a living on the development and refining of smelly natural gases of some sort. On down the road, Dawson Creek always represents a milestone in the drive, as the official beginning of the original Alaska-Canada highway, and introduces an agricultural flavor (and to Theresa's ongoing delight cows). What seemed to hold more delight for her this time, however, was a Dairy Queen dipped cone she had been going on about most of the day.

After the Dairy Queen stop, we putted on down the road a few miles and found a spot for the night at the nicely located Swan Lake Provincial Campground.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

Morning in Liard Hot Spring RV Park We, of course, did not bow to the segregationist parking policy
Hot water chub! A sad story, really
Brian in the murky beta pool Theresa trying to dig a flip flop back out of the mud
Brian was pleased to see the draconian policy on nude bathing has apparently been lifted The lower alpha pool
Pretty algae We appreciate the distinction between this and the normal dangerous curve
Stone sheep, licking gravel The extraordinarily pretty Muncho lake
A stone sheep family, heading our way A sad lone adolescent caribou
A similarly attractive Summit Lake Your hostess with the mostess, peanut butter and jelly sandwich anyone?
The bus taking a break on the Summit Road Shot on the way to Fort Nelson
Bus driver Dawson Creek, mile zero on the Alaskan-Canada highway

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