This is Louisa, originally from the Dominican Republic, who works in at The Woodlands Inn in Fort Nelson, and is a fan of the guide and fellow traveller. #AlaskaHighwayJourney
My ride today was from Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson, British Columbia. Google says it's about 4 hours and 45 minutes to drive.
I checked the weather report before leaving Dawson Cree and there was a severe weather warning. Dawson Creek was cool and it was warm in Fort St. John at lunch when I fuelled up.
I looked up to the sky and saw big black clouds of death on the horizon and had a fleeting thought that I should put my rain suit on at The Shepherd's Inn. I didn't. As I was listening to the thunder and watching the lightning it started to pour...just pour.
I stopped to put on my rain suit at the "Million Dollar Shitter" (a rest stop about 50 Kms from Fort St. John with composting toilets and a large parking lot that rumour says cost the BC government a million dollars to build). It poured rain until about 80 Kms south of Fort Nelson where the sun was shining and it shot up to 27°C.
I arrived at Fort Nelson on one tank of fuel—which is good—in my full non-breathable rain suit. So hot here!
Now it's a shower, dinner, and drinks at Woodlands Inn then early to bed as I'm off to Coal River tomorrow, past Muncho Lake.
I'm planning on staying in the Muncho Lake area for two days. That is all the time I can spare but it's a "must" because it is such a beautiful area with lots to see. Muncho Lake is a great base camp area (lots of food, fuel, and accommodation options). I will be staying with Donna and Brent Rogers at Coal River Lodge — a historic route marker Mile 533. I wish I had more time to spare — I’d check in at Northern Rockies Lodge for either a Fly in Fishing or Nahanni National Park plane excursion!
Download our guide, Alaska Highway Historical Journey, to read more about the area. Find camping in the Muncho Lake area on page 50 of our guide.