- I purchased "Sadie''s House On Wheels "in late 2007 and loved traveling in a motor home so much that I went on the road full time in late 2008. I started writing this blog to help me remember all the wonder places I have been and it allows me to share those places with my family and friends. Summer of 2013 I decided to hang up the keys for a while and moved back into my stick house. After nearly two years, I am on the road again.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
May 21, Dawson Creek
Depiction of surveyor pointing the way to build Alaskan Highway
We went back to the Alaska House and see the exhibits on the building of the highway. The movie had been extremely informative but we didn't have time yesterday to see the exhibits of the road building . It was very interesting and worth our time. We learned that the only original wooden bridge that was still in use was about 20 miles away. It was located on part of the original highway. The Army's job was to punch through a road, and then civilian contractors were to go back and finalize and rebuild/cleanup as necessary. So the bridge is not the first bridge built over the river, but is considered the original permanent bridge. We were not sure if the motor homes would go over the dirt road so we drove out in Liz's car after taking pictures of Mile 0.
There are two Mile 0 markers. The first one was in my last post. It is the official one. Apparently its location was creating traffic concerns so the city established a second one in the middle of down town. It stands there year round except during the Christmas season when it is replaced by a Christmas tree. It too is located in the middle of a round about, so it poses a traffic hazard as well. I guess the theory is that the down town traffic is slower than the highway traffic where the original marker is located.
We headed out to the Kiskatinaw River Bridge by car. It was a good thing we decided not to take the motor homes because it started to snow.
By the time we returned to our homes the snow was coming down pretty good. We made the decision to stay another night, even though this was the beginning of May Long (the Canadian Long Weekend) and we may have difficulty finding a campsite later. Better safe than sorry. We have a few high mountain passes to go over and the forecast is not favorable. Besides, we found internet which has given me the opportunity to complete some of the daily blogs.