Day 18, 6/16/15, Tuesday
Weather: Partly cloudy all day. Some light rain in the late afternoon. Temperatures in the 50s
We prepared to leave the Whitecourt Lions Campground, Whitecourt, Alberta at 8 am. As we were moving in the slider and raising the stabilizers, the manager of the campground came over to say goodbye. Naturally, we never tend to limit ourselves to just a few words so; our actual departure was closer to 10 am. The Alberta Lions run several campgrounds for the funds to support their charitable work. Don, the manager has been doing this campground for 3 seasons.
Today is intended to be a traveling day and if all goes well we should have no trouble reaching Dawson Creek. This town is the official beginning point for the Alaska Highway, northbound.
The other end of the highway is the border into Alaska. The traveling distance between the two points is approximately 1400 miles. Information from the travel book, Milepost, shows that every fifty miles there is a service location that contains fuel and restaurant. The most interesting piece of information that we have discovered about the food available is that travelers must try the homemade pies. We think it is imperative to investigate and see if this is correct.
We arrived in Dawson Creek by 5:30 and proceeded to locate a campground. We had no difficulty finding the popular Walmart store and parking lot already holding fourteen RVs prepared to stay for the night, N 55° 44’ 20” W 120° 13’ 12”, elevation 2,180. We pulled in and joined the group. Before we leave tomorrow we will go into downtown and visit the museum that tells the story of the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942 following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
G & P