Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

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Jonathan sits in front of some of the animals of the area...

We were watching a video on how the Alaskan Highway was built...

We had to take a picture under the airplane!

Deb demonstrates an old ringer washing machine. Jonathan's reaction was funny while...

Tom and Jonathan scare the wolf right back!

We walked back down to the Alaska Highway sign and took pictures...

Jonathan under the sign.

One of the murals in town.

Pioneer Village had buildings from history that had been relocated here so...

This tree trunk has knobs in it due to it being hurt....

Deb and Jonathan in their Army uniforms as part of the troops...

Jonathan loves trucks especially if their diesel!

We're in the Dawson Creek Fire House checking things out.

Deb poses by engine No.1

Tom and Jonathan outside the firehouse.

Guys who love diesels have to stick together!

A replica of the first Dawson Creek School House.

The telephone operator's switchboard.

I told Tom and Jonathan about how my mom was a telephone...

The next building was the General Store.

You can see the collection of items behind Deb. They had everything!

There's Jonathan back by the cheese!

Do YOU remember Alf Walsh and the Ramblers in 1958?

A picture of the village from the end where the church and...

Jonathan sits in the new school building. It seemed strange to see...

The barber shop was attached to the back of the new school....

Deb's sister is a hairstylist. What do you think of that perm...

The school, barber shop and church from the outside.

This was the blacksmith shop. Tom and Jonathan thought it was more...

A Model T Ford engine.

Made in Canada.

A second church in town.

This was the view when you first entered the village. We were...

One more stop though.

An electrifying performance! Encore! Encore!

Yep! We can ham it up when we want to.

This bulldozer was appropiately named "The Dragon". The funny thing, it was...

Back to Walmart to pick up milk and the RV. We're going...

Crossing Kiskatinaw bridge. It's the last wooden support bridge on the Alcan...

Here you can see the curvature and the trestles down beneath better.

The view from the bridge up above.

Jonathan is throwing rocks down into the river I think. If there's...

We've pulled on around the corner and pulled off the road where...

The blue bridge below leads across the river into the town of...

This was their main attraction from what we could tell. Tom took...

The sky was looking neat above the fields so I took a...

We stopped to get fuel and found a carnival going on. Tom...

Jonathan took this shot. "Alaska Highway. Green light, go for Alaska!"

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Bear spotted along the highway.

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A refinery plant. You can see the shadow of the RV on...

Another bear for the day. Maybe we'll start keeping track of how...

We pulled into the wayside behind this man letting his dogs out...


Saturday, May 23, 2009.

Roadside Pull-out north of Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada.

More Sightseeing in Dawson Creek, Kiskatinaw Bridge and Fort Nelson

We spent the biggest part of the day walking around the Visitor's Center at Dawson Creek. They had a nice video presentation on how the Alcan was built. It was 50 minutes long but well worth the time if you wanted to get a little bit of history in. The Railway Station Museum was fun too. Jonathan liked seeing all the old stuff. He saw one rotary phone that was like grandpa Smythe's. A lot of the stuff they had on display was in life like settings so he enjoyed looking at it more compared to if it had just been sitting on a shelf by itself.

We went to The Walter Wright Pioneer Village. It was fun looking at all the old buildings. I especially liked the schools, barber shop and two churches. Telling Jonathan what school was like back in those days was fun. We acted out a little bit. Tom was the teacher and Jonathan and I were students. Master Smythe was tough at first but then he pretended it was Jonathan's birthday and let us out of school early for the day. We headed back to the rig when we were done there. I ran into Walmart and got some milk and bread while Tom and Jonathan hooked the Yukon up. We hit the road not knowing for sure how far we would drive tonight.

We stopped to dump and get water in Taylor then got fuel in Fort Nelson. We decided to head for the pull-out about thirty miles north of there and boondock for the night so that's where I'm writing from tonight. Tom's working tonight so I'll have to post this later because he needs all the satellite for work tonight.



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