Day three in car, hot water and bears

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Brown bear at border

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Liard hot springs

Day three hot water and bears.

    We woke up on the third day in Liard.  I was excited because of how early I was able to get up, after driving extra long to make up some time we lost on slow roads.
     Liard is in B.C. Canada, there are some spectacular hot spring there, and waking up early meant I could spend extra time exploring  them.  Here comes the onion in the ointment, I was unaware of the time zone we passed through leaving the Yukon so was my phone and alarm clock.
     I know what you’re thinking, no one wants to spend more time in Canada then they have to.  So, if you wake up late just get going, keep moving.  But not me my friend, we made our coffee and breakfast at the hot springs with my jet boil saving that lost hour.  (BTW  if you didn’t know I love Canada)
     The road is still great driving with some great views, I could keep talking about it. I would rather not bore anyone, so I’ll recap some animals I saw along the way.
     Some with pictures.  Brown bear, rock sheep, sorry none for the rest; moose, elk, cairbou, prairie dogs (I think?) black bear, traveling cats (picture included).

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Second day in the car

I planned to make an entry everyday, but cell service and long days of traveling are making it harder than  I thought.  So, I think there will just have to be days were I double or triple up.
     While it seems to me, most people find road trips boring.  I just have to say to them, they’re on the wrong roads. The ALCAN  (Alaska & Canada highway) is a mix of amazing beauty, and some cautious planning.  The planning isn’t  to difficult; bring extra  food, snacks and get gas every chance you get.  Download lots of music and podcasts for the times you don’t  feel like talking, and the road/tire noise or car rattle gets to be too much. Reading out to each other is fun also, lu’s friend Chris recommended, minus 148° it’s a really good read, about the first winter summit attempt on Denali.
     The beauty of the road starts with the fact that the ALCAN is one of the most isolated roads in North America.  If you hate traffic, drive this road.  If you’re anything like me you’ll get excited to see another car going the other way.  So, in a few days when I’m stuck in LA traffic, I’ll go to that happy memory of isolation up in the Yukon.  Then there are the trees, endless acres of trees.  Black spruce everywhere, other than the road, it’s truly untouched land with no clearings other than natural ones from wildfires.  The mountain views are  wonderful, Lu and I have some great weather sunny cool days, the crisp air seems to let us see farther as we rise over a mountain pass, seeing the panoramic views, roads we traveled, and roads we would be.  Behind us the Alaskan Range, and ahead the Wrangell-Saint Elias.
   Our first night on the road we stayed short of our planned stop, do to rough road conditions and slow driving.  We stayed in a place called Destruction Bay, love the name, someone should produce a Metal festival there.  We woke to one of the rear tires low on air just a slow leak that we watched with every fill up, till we got to White horse and fixed it.  But it was leaving Destruction Bay where the road paralleled Lake Kluane, a big lake at the bottom of a big Valley with big high mountain walls, as the road bends around the lake on the other side of the valley you look back and feel like a micro machine (a famous toy from the 90’s I played with) rolling along the bottom of a giant mixing bowl.
   Tomorrow Laird hot springs!
-Phil

Hidden Message

Loading my bike on my car this morning for the long drive south I noticed a little message printed right there just for me. ‘Adventure without Limits’ Yogi tea, you ain’t got nothing on this bikes message!
  

Day one in the car

So Murphy strikes as it seem Murphy’s law does, we just left Anchorage one day later then planned do to last minute car maintenance.

I was happy to delay our departure to spend more time taking care of last minute packing, which Lu took care of like a champ.  There is no way I could have done all the planning she has for this adventure.

More importantly, it was super nice to have extra time to say goodbye to all the amazing people I met and Lu introduced me to.  All of which I believe are some of the most supporting, kind, helpful people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting in my adult life.  People I’m  humbled that they would call me a friend.

-Phil

  

 

one step at a time. one map at a time.

We are all dreamers. The only difference between dreamers and doers is taking that first step. Sometimes it’s a literal step or it could be making a plan, listing out your to-dos and getting after it. But always it starts with an idea, usually shared with friends. Be that someone who listens with an open heart to that dreamer. Encourage and support them no matter how crazy it may sound to you, because we all have our own life to live our own path to follow and always it starts with taking one step at a time.