We are parked in front of a Fairbanks grocery store and it is snowing hard!!
Thus begins our travels south for the winter. We are in Fairbanks stocking up on supplies and having the Caboose’s front end aligned before we start down the Alaska Hwy.
We have now winterized our home, kissed the cat goodbye, flipped the master switch off on the power pole outside the house and driven away from Basecamp….always a sad time.
As we departed Denali the snow was beginning to fall and later we heard the area received 14” of new snow, our timing was impeccable.
After spending an enjoyable evening with our good friends Ron and Kristi in North Pole, Tuk’s breeders santasberners.com we turned tail and drove south.
During the night an additional 4-5 inches of snow fell while we camped in their driveway. As we drove out of town the snowy weather slowly diminished and we soon found dry roads and clearing skies about 100 miles south… but the temperature was dropping.
Our next stop was with our other good Berner friends Kay Lynn and David in Tok Ak. We had dinner at the famous Fast Eddy’s restaurant and then relaxed with their pups Ioreka and Gretta, both beautiful Bernese Mt. Dogs.
Off again the next morning we crossed the Canadian border and drove south to Destruction Bay on Kluane Lake where we camped for the evening.
We found a great spot lakeside near Slims Creek and arrived just in time for a sweet sunset and later some great northern lights over the lake.
Whitehorse was our intended next destination where we planned to stay with another Bernese Mt. breeder and our friends Leslie and Don. borealbreeze.com
Unfortunately they both felt under the weather so we proceeded down the road to camp at Squanga Lake Provincial Park where another great sunset was shown us.
The next morning it was 19 degrees outside but inside our little home we were snug as a bug. After a short drive we met my brother Sam at Teslin Lake lodge.
After a short visit he headed down the Alcan and we turned south onto the Stewart Cassiar Hwy. He was on a mission to get the 1963 VW bus he was towing down to Southern California to sell at a major VW event.
Not having been southbound on the Cassiar in quite some time we found it to be in excellent condition with fresh pavement on the upper third of its 600 mile length.
We happened onto Boya Lake Provincial Park about the time we wanted to stop for the evening. It was virtually empty (one of the perks of traveling off season).
We found a great campsite along the lake edge and were treated to a fantastic low light extravaganza, one we will not soon forget. The pups had a blast running around the lake.
From Boya Lake south the drive down the Cassiar was very pleasant. No traffic, a smooth road, clear weather and great scenery.
We even saw a mother Lynx and her two kits standing in the middle of the road….very cool.
Sorry to end another enjoyable trip through some of North Americas last true wilderness and leave the relaxed pace of the Cassiar we turned east at Kitwanga and merged with more typical traffic levels between Prince George and Prince Rupert.
The fall pastoral countryside between Kitwanga and Prince George was green and gold and easy on the eyes. We were glad to be back in more fall like conditions.
From Prince George we plan to proceed into the Canadian Rockies and travel the Icefields Parkway…..weather dependent of course!
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