Traveled June 2-21, 2017
We took 20 days to drive every mile of the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Delta Junction, Alaska, 1400 miles, give or take, depending on which publication you read…and we WOULD do it again! Stories that we had heard of horrendous road conditions and major damage to vehicles did not deter us, but encouraged us to approach every stretch with due caution. Yes, we encountered rough and dusty sections where the crews are resurfacing and yes, we had our first experience with a few short sections of frost heaves where the road undulates, both forward and side to side, making for a rocking and rolling ride! But the key, for us, was to JUST GO SLOW, even to a crawl if necessary. We are fortunate to have the luxury of time on our side and we use it!
The scenery and wildlife in British Columbia and Yukon Territory was captivating. We saw black bears with cubs almost every day and Dall sheep and wood bison on other days, either alongside the highway or smack dab in the middle of it! We soaked in the Liard River Hot Springs, put up our homemade sign in the famous Sign Forest at Watson Lake, strolled above the Yukon River in Whitehorse, drove through a spring snow wonderland in Haines Junction, and stopped at lots of scenic and historic spots all along the way.
Probably the best part was enjoying the adventures with some new friends we met in Banff! Sharon and Roque are on a similar road trip of a lifetime, seeing North America while making their way ultimately to retire in Panama! They are sharing their travel experiences at Boots and Coffee: Bubbe and Abuelo’s New Frontier. We’ve had a great time together, sharing meals and campsites and stories and lots of laughs. We made our way into some lovely provincial and territorial parks where we dry camped (no hookups) and also a few not-so-lovely RV parks with the needed hookups but not much else. The governmental parks are great because they are often free (or under $15) and offer scenic, genuine camping experiences with firepits and wood provided!
At Duhu Lake in British Columbia, we even went mudding in the motorhome! Yep, you read that right, mudding in the motorhome! Tom was beside himself with glee while I literally couldn’t look as we crossed through a large mudhole to get to the campsites. Tom had walked it and was confident; I was my usual Nervous Nellie self but of course we made it…and will never forget it! 🙂