Very Long Day

On this beautiful Sunday morning in Watson Lake we stopped to look at the license plate forest. It was around 9:30. We are getting off earlier than we have.

The license plate forest has grown over the years that I have lived in Alaska.

The Sign Post Forest, a world famous attraction was started in 1942 by a homesick U.S. Army G.I., Carl K. Lindley of Danville, Il., Company D, 341st Engineers. While working on the Alaska Highway, he erected a sign here pointing the way and stating the mileage to his hometown. Others followed his lead and are still doing so to this day. On July 20, 1990, Olen and Anita Walker of Bryan, Ohio placed the 10,000th sign. Carl K. Lindley and his wife visited the site in 1992, 50 years after his first post was erected.

There are now over 80,000 signs and license. The flat ole hippies thought they should have their photo taken yet again.

We pulled into the 60 parallel for a pee break.

We stopped to snap a couple photos of some bison.

We scooted a head of everyone so we could get a couple photos of the Liard River.

Then we came across yet some more woodland bison.

We stopped at Liard’s Hot springs Lodge. We didn’t get to enjoy the hot spring but if you ever find yourself in the area you can check it out here.

We did stop in at the restaurant around 1:30. I had a nice buffalo burger. When we came out our back tire was flat. We had some stop leak we sprayed in it and Jim used his compressor to fill it up. Off we went again at 3.

We started to hit a little snow and David thought he better check the tire. It was flat. We had to unpack the back of the Outback to get to our tire, which was a donut. Jim stayed with us and the rest of them kept going. Trying to out run the snow.

This time we tied the flat on the top of the car. We were ready to go now. Everything was put back in its place and off we went to catch up with everyone else.

We stopped at Muncho Lake to gas up. The gas was $1.79 a liter. It cost us $52.61.

As we are driving down the road we are listening to Cher. She is singing about being a half breed and being a Gypsy or Traveler. This makes me think is Cher part Indian or a Gypsy, so I did my research and this is what I found.

Cher has a mixed ethnicity of Armenian, English, German, more distant Irish, Dutch, and French and her nationality is American.

Well I guess she is a Hienz 57 like most of the rest of us.

We started to see quite a few elk along side of the road.

Linda started to have a hard time getting up a hill. We didn’t know this because we were in the front just keeping track of Dan and Heather behind us. We pulled over to wait for them and found out the van was stuck at the bottom of the hill. I don’t think Linda has much experience driving in that kind of weather pulling a bug. She is a California girl.

David and Dan went back the 11 miles to put chains on the van. Dan drove it back to where we were all waiting. After that it was 15 to 25 miles an hour all the way to Fort Nelson. It was 2:30 in the morning before we got to our Super 8.

This was one long day but we all made it safe and sound.

Thanks for stopping by!

Author: olehippies

I am a freelance travel writer and photographer. I love to travel with my loving husband. I like to see how the locals live better than going on tours. I love reading and will be reviewing books for everyone.

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