Alaska Trip Day 10
The trip today start out great. We had a early start and was on the road at 6:00 AM a tank of fuel and breakfast. The first 10 miles were great then the road construction hit. The next 45 miles were dirt/gravel with the road repair. The rain in the morning didn't help. At the first gas stop I saw the wiring for the trailer had came loose and was dragging on the ground. So much for the trailer lights for today. The weather cleared up and the rest of the day's ride was fine. It was some of the most barren country that I have seen. There would only be a car every 5 miles or so. When we go to Muncho lake we were not able to get a room. We traveled on to Laird Hot springs, but no rooms there ether. We have driven 434 miles so we decided to set up the tent for the night at the Laird Hot springs. The insects were fierce. I walked down to the hot springs after the tent was set up. Candy was too tired to make the trip. The water was extremely hot at the springs. It was nice to get washed off. The park only has out houses and Candy was not happy. We seen many animals along the road. One of the first was a Black Bear. Candy shot a lot of pictures.
Fort St John to Muncho Lake ?? 299 miles
Flanked by mountains, the Terminal Range is on the west side of Muncho Lake, while the Sentinel Ranges, rising sharply above the campgrounds to the east, are near the northern limit of the Rockies.
One of the best ways to appreciate the mountains is to either get out on the lake in a boat or hike up into them from nearby trails. Highway 97 follows the east side of Muncho Lake and passes beside both Strawberry Flats and MacDonald Campgrounds.
Back when the Alaska Highway was still a gravel road, the small roadside stations were the essence of life and travel along this long and lonely highway, and they still remain invaluable to the weary traveller today.
It is almost impossible not to observe wildlife as you travel through the Northeast, the so-called Serengeti of North America. The area's spectacular wildlife fauna consists of eight species of ungulates, namely Stone Sheep, mountain goats, bison, moose, elk, caribou, and white-tailed and mule deer; plus at least seven species of medium-sized carnivores including wolves, coyotes, foxes, grizzly bears, black bears, lynx and wolverines.
Deer, moose, bears, and elk frequent clearings alongside roads,
foraging for food. In some areas, salt licks have been placed near the
road to attract ungulates. Be careful when driving these roads,
especially at night; if you were to hit a moose, the chances are good
that your vehicle would come out of the encounter in worse shape than
the moose. Honest.
Open seasonally, the Muncho Lake Provincial Park Campground offers visitors to this pristine mountain lake the oppourtunity to spend a few extra days enjoying the parks many attractions. Campground amenities include pump water, a boat launch and a picnic area. Backcountry camping is permitted during the winter, when the full-service campground is closed.
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