Friday, June 25, 2010

Labatt Blue Must Have a High Alcohol Content

Today's destination: Dawson Creek - Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. For all of those Pacey fans out there....I am still on the look out and hoping for a sighting soon. :) On our journey today, we hit mile 1000 of our trip thus far. WOOT WOOT!

We are staying at the Mile 0 RV Park this evening - though it is actually at Mile Point 1.5. I think it's worth a discount at least. :)

KC and I decided to enjoy one of the only rain-free nights since we started, and we went out on the town. After cruising down the main street, we almost gave up when we saw it. A big, fabulous, Swiss Chateau type building reminiscent of the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Aptly named, Flanygans. :)

A couple games of pool and a few pints of Labatt Blue later, KC is thankful that I am the designated driver this evening. We think Canada beer might be a little stronger than the beer we normally drink?

Tomorrow we are staying at a golf course / RV park about 10 miles up the highway. Looking forward to our 11:30am tee-time. Wish you all were here!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tim Horton is My New Best Friend

Since we last left off, Wifi hot spots have been few and far between, so we will attempt to catch you up on all of our happenings over the last 5 days.

After leaving Hope, we set our sights on Williams Lake, 5 hours away. The Williams Lake Stampede Campground was our home for the next 3 days, and we were able to enjoy the locals setting up for the "famous" Williams Lake Stampede - check it out July 1st - 4th, 2010 (this is a paid advertisement) :)

Day 1 - Williams Lake: We went Mountain Biking down what was described as an "easy" gravel road. Jen was petrified the whole way, due to her unreasonable fear of biking on gravel roads. (Yes, I admit is ridiculous - but I was going a decent speed most of the time) :). The highlight of the scenic bike ride was meandering past the Sewage Treatment Lagoon....not part of the description in the tour book.

Next, we went Kayaking on Williams Lake, and KC attempted to tan his pasty white Alaska skin. Luckily no one fell in, and KC had fun chasing some geese around the reeds.

Day 2 - Tim Horton's becomes the new Starbucks in the eyes of Jen. Searching for a Wifi signal brought us to Canada's favorite coffee & doughnut shop - Tim Horton's. Yes, I know that the coffee is all instantly made with the press of a button, but that French Vanilla "Cappucino" as they call it, is addictive stuff. Plans to take in several tins of it to Alaska are in the works.

We rounded out our trip to Williams Lake with a jaunt over to the local Par 3 golf course where we played a quick 11 (?!?) holes. It felt like we were playing in an old cow pasture.....and it probably was at one time....but it was very entertaining and challenging at the same time.

Morning of Day 3 in Williams Lake we decided to pick up camp and head to Barkerville - home of the 1861 gold rush. Definitely a touristy destination, but we were told it was not to miss.

In our Milepost (thanks Grandma and Grandpa Tyo), we found a campground advertised as free, just had to drive down an active logging road. Campsite was very close to a beautiful creek, very secluded, and the right price. Too bad it was mosquito infested. Poor Fenway almost got carried away by a swarm of them.

Barkerville was a fun place to visit, but probably only once. It is a town set in the 1860's, when the gold rush was in its prime. We saw a show in the theater, ate in China Town at an authentic Chinese restaurant, got homemade fudge at the Confectionary, and posed in front of the stagecoach. (See the cute picture).

We decided to take a short drive today to Prince George, British Columbia. Jen was twitching over the laundry, we were out of water, KC had filled up the Black Water tank, and of course we needed internet to post another blog for all of our fans. Grocery shopping is the exciting activity for this evening (we hear they have a Wal-Mart - woo hoo!). We will post again soon with more fun tales of life on the road.

(This picture is the cast of the play we saw in Barkerville....really entertaining and funny.)


KC & Jen

Friday, June 18, 2010

First Anniversary

In honor of our first anniversary as a ridiculously happy couple (I know, blech) - K.C. and I decided to spend the beautiful day outside exploring Hope.

We began our adventures exploring some of the local geo-caches, and we have come to the conclusion that Canadian geo-cachers are much trickier in their hiding techniques. After 2 hours we only found one. Pathetic really, but we will blame it on the Canadians and the metric system. Who needs it anyway. :)

Golf seemed to be a better decision at this point, so after making a 5:00 tee time, we took a quick lunch break - just in time for the rain. Has anyone notified Mother Nature that it is June already? Luckily, it only drizzled for the first couple of holes. Then, we were lucky enough to get to play surrounded by what we think must have been woodchucks. Very cute, a little squeaky and loud, and they don't like it when K.C. aims his shots at them. :)

After our stellar (or was it stinky) 9 holes, we ended up at a cute little bistro for what we hoped would be a delicious meal. 2 hours later, we left with a complimentary appetizer, dessert, and I only had to send my lamb back once. :) Not quite what we had planned for our special dinner, but it definitely was an experience.

Heading to bed soon to be on our way tomorrow morning. Next destination: Williams Lake. By the way, after seeing several gas stations posting prices at 102.9 per liter (what?!?!)....we finally figured out that it is 102.9 odd way to show the prices, but for those that are curious, it works out to be about $3.89 per gallon.

Aipaq and Fenway send their love, as do K.C. and I.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

We Go International!

We have created this blog to keep everyone informed of our adventures and misfortunes. Sometimes we may write blogs together - as we are doing now, and sometimes we may write our own. We hope you enjoy our tales and we would love to read your comments!

Last night, we celebrated K.C.'s 34th birthday by doing the four things we like best; golf, movies, eating, and drinking. (The A-Team rocks, by the way). Thank you to Sean and Liz for helping us have a fabulous evening.

Due to our party animal instincts, we had a slow start to our trip to Alaska this morning. Our original departure time was slated for 9:00 am. Our actual departure time was 9:40. Not too bad given the late night of karaoke. Special thanks to the lovely ladies at Starbucks for helping revive us with some delicious drinks and pastries.

Jen enjoyed her complete body cavity search at the border; K.C. did not: Just kidding. Other than Jen choosing the slow line, we got through customs with two dogs, two bottles of wine, and no hassles.

We are now sitting at Wild Rose Campground outside of Hope, British Columbia. Take a look at the view from our window. The weather is cold, cloudy, and occasionally rainy - feels like home! The dogs are happy and we are about ready to fire up the grill and enjoy good food and eachother's company.


K.C. and Jen