We left you in Fairbanks, in Northern Alaska, and we are today 2,500 miles away from there, in Vancouver, Canada. This is the same distance that separates Paris from Teheran… And we only passed through two big towns during our drive, Whitehorse and Prince George !
You got it, those two first weeks were wild. We crossed beautiful landscapes, drove for hours into pure nature. Fall has already come in here, and colours are everywhere on the trees, with white moutains behind, and blue lakes all around.
Wild animals were more frequent than people on the road. Squirrels, foxes and bears are peacefully walking along the road, and don’t seem to even notice our presence when we stop to take a picture of them.
When the evening comes, we settle in little campgrounds that are scattered along the road. Many of them are really beautiful, especially on the Stewart Cassiar Higwhay that links Watson Lake to Kitwanga. One only has to park his car there, set the tent up and spend a night in a most wonderful place. Antoine quickly becomes an expert with the Milepost, the « Bible of north country travel ». My past experience with the scouts helps me to be fast with preparing campfires and cooking on them. Antoine’s experience with Man vs Wild bindge watching also helps, making us experimented northern campers.
Generally, we drive five hours a day before finding a campsite. During the rest of the day, we read, we write, we discuss, we collect firewood, we cook and mostly we take some time to daydream while either watching landscapes or staring into campfires.
While driving south, we decided to stop in Vancouver in order to meet Adrien Gilbert, glaciologist at Simon Fraser University. He will tell us about glacier melting and about his work on Barnes icefield, which will help us understand the issues of global warming on American iceranges. We’ll tell you more about this next week 😉