Hanging Out the Window

Time was getting short and we still had almost 3000 miles to go. We were due to arrive at our job in Moose Pass as close to May 1st as possible. Here it was the last week of April and we were only half way there. Of course, we had taken the really long way. From here on out, it would be one night stops, often not even unhooking the Jeep. Our planned travel route would take us through about 13 miles of Idaho. What could possibly happen in 13 miles? Just before we crossed the state line, I saw a sign stating all boats MUST stop and be checked for invasive species. My first (and only) thought was “Gee, glad they are taking it so seriously.” What I never gave a thought to was our 2 kayaks strapped to the roof of the Jeep. I mean they hadn’t been in the water since we left Florida. We were half way though our 13 miles when Steve pulled over to give the car with the red flashing lights pass by. Much to our surprise, they pulled right in behind us. What had he done? He wasn’t speeding or driving erratically. Nope – kayaks are boats and we hadn’t stopped. The sheriff was very pleasant about it, but we had to turn around and go back to the state line. The kayaks were inspected and we got a little sheet of paper stating so. I threw it on the dash as we began our 13 mile drive though Idaho again. We breezed through Oregon and Washington state before I ever thought about that little scrap of paper again. Several times I remarked to Steve that the landscape wasn’t what I had pictured. There were no tree covered mountains or lush forests. Only more of what we’d been seeing all along, giant rocky mountains with little or no vegetation. We finally got to the border crossing, produced our passports and were welcomed into British Columbia, Canada. For the first hour or so of the drive, we passed grove after grove of fruit trees. Every kind you could imagine. Apples, peaches, plums, pears. All in bloom, waiting for pollinators to do their jobs. I didn’t get any pictures because there just never seemed to be a good spot to pull over. We knew our biggest problem would be finding campgrounds that were open in April, most of them don’t open until May. I had picked out a few possibilities and figured we’d just stop in rest areas or truck stops if they didn’t work out.

We got to see our first wildlife in BC. Large herds of wood bison hanging our on the side of the road…

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As the scenery began to resemble more what I had expected, I spent a lot of time trying to capture it…

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Our best stop in BC was at Liard River Hotsprings. The provincial park wasn’t open yet for camping, but they had a large parking lot we were told we could dry camp in. In the morning, we headed over to check out the springs…

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The boardwalk to the springs

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Taking a nice soak

In a word – it was awesome! We were so tempted to spend another night, but we really did have to move on. We got to see a little more wildlife…

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We didn’t see near as much wildlife as I thought we would. Maybe it was too early in the season.

We crossed into the Yukon and stopped for the obligatory picture…

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I spent much of the next few days hanging out Waldo’s window. Every time I thought the scenery couldn’t get any better, it did!

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Yes, that’s me with my camera out the window

When we got to Watson Lake, we stopped at the Sign Post Forest. It’s hard to describe and the pictures don’t really do it justice…

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I don’t know how many signs there are, but I can tell you, it is A LOT! It took my quite a while to go through all of the pictures and here are some of my favorites from the Yukon…

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And finally, we were heading back into the USA – Welcome to Alaska…

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Well, we made it to Alaska! Up next…Oh Waldo, you’re so……..

6 thoughts on “Hanging Out the Window”

  1. Wow, it’s so crazy to see photos of trees in late June with no leaves on them yet (near the hot springs). That must be a heck of an adjustment temperature wise. Everything up there is so beautiful… especially the snow covered mountains and pine trees. After spending way too long in the desert, that all looks incredibly inviting. And I would never in a million years think that kayaks would be subject to inspection either. At least they were nice about it!!

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    1. I’m a bit behind in my posts. Those pictures were taken in late April, but it took until the 2nd week of June before the leaves here budded out. It’s all of 52.8 degrees this morning. After freezing for the last few weeks, the desert sounds great!

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  2. I did a lot of hanging out the window taking pictures when we were driving through Canada and Alaska! We enjoyed Liard River Hot Springs so much we camped there for two nights. You may have seen our sign in the Sign Post Forest! Looking forward to the rest of your Alaska posts.

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    1. Being at Liard River Hotsprings before they officially opened was great. I imagine it gets crowded during the busy season. We’ve already had some great adventures here in Alaska. I’m glad I’m almost caught up, I can’t wait to share them!

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  3. Laura, I envy your summer in Alaska. We’ve only been once and didn’t spend as much time as we would have liked. It’s great that the scenery for your long drive was so great with lots of wildlife sightings. The drive you just made is something that most people dream about, and you get to do it twice! Best of luck for your summer. ~James

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    1. Thank you James. We are loving the Kenai peninsula. Hoping after we complete our job contract to spend some time in the interior. We finish up here in September so we won’t have too much time before the weather turns.

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