I made it to Cantwell today. Drove from Tok across to Fairbanks and then south to Cantwell. Passed through some road construction along the way complete with pilot cars to lead the way.
Found my way to Colorado Lake and I am now getting settled in. What a beautiful location it is here. Facing a large pond that is still iced over and right behind me is an even larger lake also covered in ice. The drive in is about two miles of rough dirt road. Many potholes and water hazzards but it is incredible all the same. I'll be spending the next few weeks here occasionally house and dog sitting while the owners makea couple of trips.
Cantwell is about 24 miles north of here and it's a small town of about 220 people. Another 25 miles north of Cantwell brings you to the entrance of Denali National Park. Couldn't be a better place to be!
I started the morning in Carberry Manitoba Canada. Got on the road just ahead of the sun. It turned into a beautiful day today! I worked my way north and west from Manitoba up through Saskatchewan and into Alberta and I am now spending the night in Vermilion Alberta... after 613 miles on the road.
Most of the day I spent driving through the Canadian prairielands. Amazing country to see. Prairies as far as the eye can see and thousands of pothole lakes. Every little pond and lake held countless ducks. I stopped and watched a Red Fox catch an early morning breakfast, saw a moose wading in a flooded area and drove by a hugh flock of White Pelicans. I stopped in the Quill Lake International Bird Area and found out that this is one of the areas the Whooping Crane calls home. When I came back through this area in the fall I will spend a little more time exploring it. Northern Saskatchewan started to change from prairies to more rolling country. The pothole lakes and ponds became rivers. The open prairies are becoming more wooded. I am seeing the land change before my eyes as each mile goes by. It truely is amazing to see it first hand! Tomorrow I will head northwest across Alberta and into British Columbia. Dawson Creek will be one of my stops along the way. I should see some big changes in the
countryside from now on!
Sunrise in Manitoba
Red Fox with breakfast
Saskatchewan grain elevators
Well, I got an early start this morning and managed 568 miles before I decided to call it a day. My original plan was to drive at least 400 miles a day so this was a very good start. If all goes well I should be west of Winnipeg Manitoba tomorrow night! I am looking forward to seeing the mountains again so I am making the distance while I can. The day started with rain, thunder and lightening. This continued off and on all day with the temperature bouncing from 67 degrees down to 47 degrees and back up.
I am in Ashland Wisconsin for the night and when I arrived in town it was raining, foggy and back down to 47 degrees. It was wet enough that I didn't stop long to take pictures today....I know if I do it will be even longer before I see the mountains. I did see three of the Great Lakes today. Lake Michigan and Lake Huron were both under a shroud of fog so I caught only glimpses from the Mackinac Bridge. Lake Superior was in her calm, beautiful stage for most of the drive only hiding again as I got here in Ashland.
Shortly after crossing the Mackinac Bridge I saw my first bear of the trip. A fair sized Black Bear ran across the road a few hundred yards in front of me and slowed trafic down (all two of us). It disappeared very quickly into the forest. I also saw a couple of White-tailed Deer crossing the road later in the day also. Not much was moving due to the rain but I was keeping my eyes open. I will have to be increasingly vigilant as I head north and west.
Time to call it a night!
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