Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 17 Traveling Day

June 17th traveling day, where you ask? To Smithers, BC along the Trans-Canada Highway commonly referred to as the Yellowhead Hwy. Today's' weather is mainly cloudy with a slight chance of showers along our route.
We have said our goodbyes to White Swan Park, as we have written, great place to boon dock, hike and just check out the area. Susan witness wildlife today as she was walking Tilly this morning. What she first thought was a dog, turned out to be a coyote with breakfast in its mouth (duck). Definitely a good start to a travel day.

As we got on the road and headed west, we had only gone about 15 miles when  spotted something black crossing the highway. No time for a camera shot, even as Susan slowed down. What we saw was a black bear crossing the road. Question,  why did the black bear cross the road?  Why to get to the other side of course. Silly question. I do hope our dash cam picked it up crossing?

Our destination today is the town of Smithers. Which is 230 Km away or roughly 130 miles. Smithers is known as the "Town for All Seasons". The town offers year round recreational pursuits. With most people employed in the forestry, government, service and tourism sectors.

It is also known for the remaining Kit Houses which were built in the early 1900's.  These kit homes originate in the USA and were shipped by rail to their location. They were known for being better homes due to the wood that was used. There are only a few of these kit homes remaining.

You might ask, where is DaGirls staying the night? Good question, as we have not decided yet. There are 2 campgrounds in the area, but Susan has also located 2 overnight dry-camping spots. We'll know more when we arrive.

Ok, what' the difference between Canada and USA roads? When driving the back roads not much. Distance between towns is different, A lot more green in the area especially trees, towns are older, alcohol  prices for beer is higher, but you can still find good prices on wine in the smaller towns. Also along the Yellowhead Hwy there are lots of lakes to the north and south of the highway.

The trees are very thick along the highway, with the only breaks, being man made. In addition, we have seen about 10 signs informing travelers of Moose crossings. But the only Moose I have seen are antlers on the side of a barn and Susan has seen a graphic of a Moose on the travel trailer. But we continue to look out for them.

We landed in Smithers around 10:30 am this morning, with Susan doing ALL the driving (about 2 Hrs). We pulled off at the visitors center, chatted picked up information and walked around downtown.
Found 4 great places:
Sausage & Meat store
Bakery write behind it (Fresh bread)
Coffee shop with munchies inside
Another coffee shop with a unique building style.

We are heading out to the Twin Falls Hiking trail. About a 20 minute hike up to the falls. And then maybe another 1 hour hike to see the Glaciers on the Hudson Bay Glaciers, located about southwest of where we are.

We also checked out the local RV campgrounds:

Municipal RV campground just north, don't waste your time. $30 with W & E
Golf and RV, 1 Km east, $30 with full hook ups with reduce rate on golf. Full WiFi

Glacier RV 4 Km west, $27 back in with full hook ups. BUT not all sites have this option. Also Limited WiFi.

As Susan Says SeeYa

Safe Travels and Journeys from DaGirls 

Della                     &                      Tilly