August 7, 2011 Leave a comment
Many people believe the Alaska highway looks like the left hand photo. It did today for a few miles while a 10 mile stretch is being repaired. Look closely and you can see two cars ahead. There is an 18 wheeler infront of the first car. In actuality most of the Alaska highway looks more like the right hand photo. To give readers an idea of the traffic levels we kept a count of RVs for 3 hours and 135 miles. We passed 27 RVs headed north. It works out to an average of one RV per every 5.0 miles. The most popular RV type was the trailer at 30% followed by Class A 21%, Class C 18%, Truck Camper 14%, 5th Wheel 13%, Class B 4% and Tent Camper 0%.
At Watson Lake the town maintains the Sign Post Forest. It was started in 1942 by a worker on the highway from Illinois who put up a mileage sign to his home. At last count in 2010 there were over 72,000 signs.
Tonight we are at the BC Campground, Liard River Hot Springs. There are no services, no cell phone, and no Internet.
The hot spring is about a 1/2 mile walk on a boardwalk into the bush. The water flows out of the ground on the left side of the photo and goes over a little waterfall at the end of the pool on the right. You start at the coolest point after the waterfall and work your way upstream until the water is just too hot. This is one of BCs most popular campsites and this is a holiday week but we got in at 4:30PM without a reservation. Out of 53 sites there were only a couple more empty.