We made it! 3,100 miles and seven weeks from North Carolina, we rolled into Dawson Creek B.C. just in time to celebrate my birthday. We’re with 33 other Airstream trailers and 4 Airstream motorhomes in a nice campground, Northern Lights, overlooking Dawson Creek. The entire contingent will leave today for Ft Nelson B.C., 280 miles north of Dawson Creek.
Arriving early, we had several days to explore and take care of last minute details. The walking tour of Dawson Creek was good for us. We started with the old railway station museum, poring over the nice displays including the station manager’s family quarters and a large room with animals and interesting items from Dawson Creek’s early times.
Downtown we enjoyed seeing most of the large murals and the few remaining old buildings and had a cup of coffee at Robins Doughnuts (well yes, we also had one of those with our coffee). The highlight downtown is the Alaska Highway House, a well-curated exhibit focusing on development and history of the Alaska Highway. We watched the PBS movie about the U.S. Army’s herculean wartime effort pushing a road through wilderness between Dawson Creek and Fairbanks.
One of the most outstanding aspects of this great civil engineering accomplishment is completing in 1942 a new 1,500 mile road in under nine months. It helped they had unlimited resources, like 30,000 men and untold thousands of machines. But these guys were working in the most awful conditions, either battling mosquitoes, heat and muskeg, or intense cold, ice, and snow. Today we’ll start driving this famous road, although the road has some entirely different segments and routes from the original.
We’ve met our fellow caravanners and gotten to know some of them. Everyone has some time making adjustments to their CB radio antennas, their hitches, and some have added padding to protect the front of their camper or tow vehicle. Some of this is last minute jitters, facing a 5,000 mile caravan over 63 days. Most of received advice and warnings from fellow airstreamers who have completed this caravan in prior years.
We’re off to face whatever adventures may come on the Airstream Alyeska Caravan on the Alaska Highway.
Jim and Debbie
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