Back down to the lower 48
Heading back to the lower 48! Well we took our own advice and slowed the travel down a bit as we headed south. Leaving Fairbanks we made it to Tok Alaska and we had to decide which path to take from there. We had heard a lot of bad stories about the road through Chicken and that was really the only thing we wanted to see, so we decided to just unhook the truck and drive the 66 miles to Chicken that evening. It was a good choice not to take the RV’s that path as it was a lot of dirt and very rough. Chicken was not what we expected it was more of a tourist town. We wanted to get some of their famous Chicken pot pie, but they were all out, we did have some fried chicken but it was not very impressive. We spent an hour or so taking in all the chicken references then headed back to the RV’s.
It was the right choice to leave the next morning on our familiar road. I was very amazed at how much construction they had completed in the short month that we had passed through before. Coming in we had over 80 miles of dirty dusty construction areas, but coming out we only had about 5 miles. Wow, that some quick work! We made it all the way to Whitehorse where we stopped at the Wal-Mart to resupply and wow was it crowded! Luckily we both were able to squeeze into the lot. You could tell people were using it as an all summer stay area. We talked to the manager and they confirmed that was what was happening. Apparently the locals would leave their trailers there all week and then come out on weekends to relax?? Not my idea of camping but who am I to judge. We left Whitehorse the next morning and headed down the road. We stopped for a bit in Watson Lake to see the license plate forest. It was pretty cool. Definitely worth a stop if you are traveling through.
We made it to Liard Hot springs where we stayed the night.
It is a real nice outdoor natural hot springs in the RV park. It was dry camping but very nice spots and you could use the hot springs for no additional fee. The next day we had a short day to a nice RV park in Fort Nelson. We had planned to stay only one night but Aurora got some stomach flu so we stayed an additional night. The next day she was feeling good and off we went. Next stop Dawson Creek for another quick Wal-mart sleep over. The next day we made it to Hinton Alberta just outside Jasper National park. We stayed there for 3 days but the weather didn’t cooperate. We did drive around and did a few “wet” hikes, it was very beautiful.
We were able to see a lot more of the park as we had to drive through the park for 7 hours making our way south. I think the views were equal to what we saw in Alaska. As a matter of fact I think most of our Wow moments happened in Canada than they did in Alaska. I feel like Canada should get a lot more credit making the Trip to Alaska what everyone talks about! Next stop was again at a Wal-mart just outside of Calgary. The next day we crossed back into the lower 48, just a couple days over a month. It was a great trip but I was glad to be back to cheap gas and endless cell service!! We stopped at St. Mary RV park outside Glacier National park for 3 days. Another beautiful place. Great hikes, breath taking views.. Wow!
The next day we got to Billings, Montana to spend our last night…at a Wal-mart together. It was a great trip and I was so glad I could do it with my big brother! It made it that much better to share the memories. Although it would have been a much different story if we didn’t have Aurora making all our travel plans with highlights identified! Kay made sure we had plenty of fresh bread and buns, and lots of laughs!! I only wish we could have made it last longer, but I guess that’s for another trip.
From Billings Bill and Kay headed home, as they had a lot of work to take care of before they had to head back to Casa Grande in November. We headed to Devils Tower to see if we could find ET.
It is quite a sight but one day visit would be plenty, but we spent 3 days. There were no hook-ups and the temperatures were hitting in the 100’s. We did all our hikes early morning then hunkered down with fans and spray bottles of water to get through the mid day sun. We were glad to get to Rapid City and a super nice RPI park named Hart Ranch resort, so beautiful and professionally run. They had huge spaces that were level and paved, green grass everywhere, beautiful pool and restaurant…oh yes , also full hook-ups…bring on the Air conditioning! We had been following one of our favorite bloggers (RVLove) and when we pulled in they were right next to us! We had a nice visit but they were leaving that day (Yes, I did shower in Devils tower.) Hopefully our paths will cross again some day.
We spent a week there which allowed us to see all the sights around. Mt Rushmore, Custer state park, Badlands,… Having a week there allows us to not have to power through all the sights.
We can just do a little each day and still have time for a dip in the pool, BBQ a steak and have cocktails with the neighbors. Next month we will meet up with both Bill and Jack plus Family in Minnesota to start a new adventure south.