Alaskan Trip Journal

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2003

Starting Location: Chetwynd, BC

Destination: Barkerville, BC

Trip Description: Laura and I started the day with lunch at the Swiss Inn Restaurant in Chetwynd. The food was excellent. I had a bowl of homemade chicken soup, potato salad, bread, and a cheese-filed sausage. Laura had a personal pizza. After filling up, we drove south on Rt. 97 toward Prince George. The road is in good shape. We saw many gas pipelines and logging operations. Prince George is the largest town we have passed through since leaving Fairbanks, AK. We dropped off our empty plastic water bottles in return for $1.40. It may seem like a small amount, but every little bit helps. Actually, the money we received for the empty beer bottles, added to this money bought both of us lunch.

We reached the town of Quesnel. We got gas, and looked at The Milepost for a place to stay for the night. We decided to take a side-trip to the historical town of Barkerville. It was a boom town during a gold rush in the 1860's. Now, costumed interpreters make the town come to life for visitors. We found a beautiful campground on the hill above Barkerville, near the cemetery. I bought some wood to burn in a campfire after my barbecue chicken was cooked on the grill. We sat next to the fire for about an hour until it became chilly. The temperature is probably near 50, maybe lower. You can see your breath as you talk. This is the coolest evening we have encountered so far.


looking at the lake near Barkerville

cooking chicken

Laura at the campfire trying to keep warm