2010 Alaska Trike Trip

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Monday, August 31, 2009

We are in Kamloops for day 2. It was a really busy day. We got the trikes out this morning and did 15 miles on the river trails here. Then we took the trailer in for a new trailer brake system. It failed us on the hills coming into town yesterday. Then we went downtown and rode the Kamloops Heritage railway tonight. There are lots of fires burning around here and it is really smokey. We will head further south tomorrow and try to get out of the smoke.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

World's largest lumber mill near Houston, BC

Bought this salmon for $5 from a First Nation fisherman -- Mmmm good

Finally a motel just for us

Fish Creek near Hyder, AK

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Well, we are back in Prince George AGAIN. We spent a couple days near Terrace while looking for the Kermode bear that we missed by minutes when we left Terrace on the trikes last month. Then we headed to Stewart and Hyder to look for bears on Fish Creek. We only saw 1 Griz there, but saw another 7 on our own side trips. We bought a DVD from a wildlife photographer who has only seen 12 Kermode bears in 35 years of filming. We drove to the end of the road and were able to actually look down on Salmon Glacier. We both got Hyderized and have the certificates to prove it. That town could have been used to film Northern Exposure. We are anxious to head south from here to start our trike trek on the Kettle Valley Rails to Trails system.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Yesterday we toured the world's largest limber mill at Houston, BC then walked around Old Hazelton -- a beautiful area that reminds me of Colorado. We bought a salmon from a First Nation fisherman and BBQ'd it last night. We'll have leftovers for days. Today we drove to Kitimat in hopes of riding their 20 miles of bike trails, but, of course, it is cold and pouring rain. We've seen and done about all we can do here in the rain so will drive back to our camp at Klezna Creek and watch for the spirit bear of the way.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

We enjoyed the Icefield Parkway yesterday but only drove through Jasper and didn't even stop. There were thousands of tourists and not even a place to park anywhere. Dean and Carolyn, the Athabaska falls have been improved with so many extra viewing areas, you wouldn't recognize it.
We are finally back at our favorite campground in Prince George and have reunited with our trikes. We aired up the tires and are ready for any ride we can find up here. We loaded the trikes in the back of the truck and are planning to head back west tomorrow to take in some sights we missed the first time around because they were too far off the main road for a quick side trip. Our first goal is to find that white spirit bear we missed near Terrace. Then we will branch out to Stewart and Hyder and then Kitamat. Who knows where we will end up, but we will keep you posted.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

We loved Tyrrell Muesum and spent 6 great hrs there. It is a must see for anyone coming anywhere near Calgary. Then after a ferry crossing, we had another free night at Walmart at Sylvan Lake, a cute tourist town on a beautiful lake. After a 2 hour walk around town, we got drenched in a frog strangler on the way back to the camper.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cal at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, AB, CA

Thursday, August 20, 2009

We spent yesterday morning at Little Bighorn and really enjoyed it. Camped in the Lewis and Clark Natl Forest last night and toured all morning today at the Lewis and Clark Center in Great Falls. That is a must see. We are on our way now to Drumheller, Alberta to the dinosaur museum.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Last Stand Hill. Custer's body found and originally buried at black tombstone
We spent the night in Sheridan WY in the Walmart parking lot along with about 20 other campers. What a wonderful service Walmart provides! We are now on our way to the Little Bighorn Battlefield Natl Mon. It rained in the night so it was great to have a roof over us and not have to fold up a wet tent.
Yesterday we stopped in Rawlins for a tour of the Frontier Prison and got a photo of Cal in the gas chamber.

Monday, August 17, 2009

We are in Gypsum, CO and have our trailer packed and travel-ready. We just have to load the refrigerated items in the morning and then we will be ready to hit the road. It will be great to have luxuries like a real bed and running water on this part of our trip. We will head in the general direction of Casper, Wyoming, but who knows where we will end up tomorrow night. That is the great thing about being self-contained.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Mother is doing great so we are getting ready to hit the road again. We will leave here early Thursday morning and drive to Gypsum, Colorado -- our other home. Our son and daughter-in-law will meet us there so we can all attend the Peach Festival in Grand Junction over the weekend. Of course they will be bringing our newest grandson (that we haven't seen yet).
After the weekend we will pick up our trailer and clean it out from last fall's hunting trip and head north to retrieve the trikes in Prince George.