Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Day 11 - Travel to Dawson Creek, BC
Our first stop was Bijoux Falls Park. Bijoux means "jewel" in French. The falls was probably named for the "sparkle" of the water as it tumbles over the falls. There is a sign in the park telling us to look out for the Steller's Jay. It makes it's home in the park. This one was sitting in a tree about 5 feet from the sign. It must have been his turn to pose for the tourists.
These are pictures of Bijoux Falls
This is Azouette lake. A pristine lake surrounded by snow pocked mountains. This sign was posted at the stop where we took the picture on the left. I then went back and looked at the pictures I had taken this morning of some pretty wild flowers.
They certainly look like the picture of the Orange Hawkweed on the wanted "dead or alive" poster.
The city of Chetwynd was our next stop. It is famous for it's many chain saw sculptures. We were told that there would be a tour around 1:00 PM so many of us timed our stop to coincide with the tour. It was very interesting and we looked at close to 3 dozen sculptures on the tour.
This was an award winner by a Japanese artist. The detail in the face was particularly intriguing to me.
This was just a really whimsical carving called " Coal Miners Lunch Wagon".
This eagle aerie was outside city hall. This bench was in a small city park. The wings were made separately and then joined to the base.

This is a memorial at Dedication Park. I am not sure why Russ Buck is taking a picture of the bears behind.

However, here is the resulting shot. The bear is sneaking up on the gold miner at the top. Susan is admiring a carved moose.
Day 12 - Dawson Creek, BC
Today we traveled about 20 miles by car to look at the historic Kiskatinaw bridge. It is on an old part of the Alaskan highway. It was built in 1942-43 by the US Corps of Army Engineers when the Alcan highway was being constructed. Today it is bypassed by a newer, all concrete bridge on the Alcan highway. With the exception of the newer guard rails and the concrete base, the bridge is constructed entirely of wood, including the roadway. From a distance, it is difficult to see the curve in the bridge.
At 1:00 PM today we got together for a group photo at mile maker 0 of the Alaskan highway.

The downtown area of Dawson Creek has many painted urban walls. These are just a few of them.

Note the one on the left. It is at the end of one alley that has both walls painted like a city street. Note the telephone poll and the support cable are painted so they blend into the mural. Susan is pretending to lean on the original mile 0 marker that is still in the middle of the main intersection in downtown Dawson Creek.

At 4:00 PM we boarded a school bus that took us to Sewell Valley Game Farm owned by Gary and Dellene Sewell. We were dropped in the middle of a woods and walked over to this lovely shaded area and shelter.
We were treated to a wonderful meal of Wild Boar, Fallow Deer and Bison. Of course there were many choices of salads, vegetables and delicious deserts. It was Bill & Susan Shallbetter's 45th wedding anniversary, so Sue and Madi Schaaf gave them each a piece of Black Forest Cake which they are feeding to each other.
After the meal, we started on the tour of the game farm. The Mosquito Queens are showing off the latest fashion in netting attire. They say turkeys are attracted to each other. Well, I guess Bill Shallbetter is proving that point. The ranch's pet turkey "Lucky" seems to have taken a liking to Bill, or is it the other way around? Hmmmm.
A wild boar mama is providing lunch to her 5 day old babies. The Reindeer were a real hit. Reindeer are basically European Caribou.
A close-up of this Reindeer shows the velvety cover on the new antlers. FYI, the difference between antlers and horns is; antlers are shed every Spring and horns continue to grow throughout their life and are never shed. They had quite a few elk. They are very stately animals.
Since it was feeding time, they came up to the fence were we could feed them and get those "up close and personal" photos. Take a look at the size of the antlers on this Elk. Last years antlers were shed the middle of March and new antlers started growing immediately. So in a little over 3 months, they have grown to the size you see.
They also had Mountain Goats and Musk Ox. The animals are all shedding their winter coats so they do look a little scruffy.
This is about as close as we could get to the herd of Fallow Deer. They are small deer and come from Europe. A buck will get to about 150 lbs and a doe to 100 lbs. We then boarded the Hay Wagon for a more extensive tour of the 1200 acre ranch.
They have an impressive herd of Bighorn Sheep. Since this is still Spring, there were baby animals everywhere around the ranch.
The biggest surprise, (no pun intended), was the Bison herd which numbered over 150. The big bull walked up to the trailer and Gary, the owner, gave him plenty of room. He said he was not afraid of the Bison, but he does respect them and gives them their space. Many people refer to these as Buffalo, but the correct term is Plains Bison.

It was then back to the Northern Lights RV Park to prepare for travel day 13. To save time, we had our drivers meeting in the bus on the return trip to the park.

By the way, this picture was taken at about 9:15 PM.

Day 13

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