This was the leg that had us worried. It was just under 900km, all of it on the Alaskan Highway. There were huge gaps between stops. How would the kids handle that amount of time in the back of the car? How would we handle it? What was the highway going to be like? All these thoughts were in the back of our minds as we departed Fort St. John early in the morning. The morning walk had to be postponed to hit our 6:30 departure. Anyway, all the worry was for naught. This leg would turn out to be my favourite of the trip and the kids loved it.
The drive was like a northern version of African Lion Safari. We will just dive into the wildlife update as it is longer than normal.
- 3 Moose – Paige goes her whole life without seeing moose then sees one in Thunder Bay. And today we stumble across moose three additional times. And these aren’t far off in the forest viewings. We stopped the car for five minutes and watched one feed in a marsh, completely ignoring us.
- 1 Coyote – It was just running down the ditch beside the highway
- 1 Wolf – flatter face than the coyote and much larger
- 20+ Bison – There was an electronic highway sign telling us there were bison on the highway 150+ km further down the road. We rolled our eyes. What were the chances that the update would be even remotely accurate? But a couple of hours later, we see one bison, then ten minutes later two more, and then 15 minutes later an entire herd.
- 1 Grouse – It seemed to be playing chicken with the traffic – it survived but not sure for how long
- 4 Mountain Sheep – crossing the road and Paige had to stop to let them go by
- 1 Grizzly Bear – The previous day we saw a black bear, today it was time for our first grizzly. The kids could see it out the window as it grazed up a hill on the side of the road. It was eating berries and paid us no attention. Isabella suggested it was a brown black bear. But we could see the hump, meaning grizzly.