Drive from Whitewater to Fort Nelson
Fort Nelson, British Columbia
EARLY morning start.. Up at 5:30 and on the road at 6:30, with snow coming down again. Joe and I were going to take Layla out for a walk before heading out, but there was a fox in the middle of the street who had no desire to move. Poor Layla had to wait another couple of hours before being able to get out to relieve herself!
The snow slowed us down a tiny bit for the first hour+, and then it came in spurts at various times during the drive. It continues to amaze my how desolate this part of Canada is. The scenery is amazing with lots of lakes and camping, but no towns; gas; etc. for LONG periods of time. Plus the "highway" isn't even marked with lines dividing the two lanes of traffic... mainly because you seldom see other cars/trucks on the road even though it is the main throughfare east and west.
Zoe is being a champ on this trip so far! We never have to stop for her which is great, and makes our timing that much better. When we do stop, though, her (and Layla) love to be able to get out and move about (and, of course, Zoe wants to nurse then, too). She's definitely an Alaskan child as she gets changed in the car with the door open in spite of the winds and freezing temperatures.
We saw quite a bit of wildlife along the road today... lots of buffalo who walk right along the side of the highway; a couple of bears; and a young elk who crossed the highway in front of Greg. The scenery continues to be splendid with the contrasts of fall colors; snow on the mountains; and the beautiful lakes along the way.
We arrived in Fort Nelson an hour earlier than predicted, and the sun is finally out and the temps are starting to warm up (although they did have snow showers here earlier today).
Tomorrow we're on to Grand Prairie which is a much shorter drive, so we can have a more leisurely morning (although we do lose another hour on the clock)