We enjoyed breakfast at the Yukon Motel café this morning and took advantage of their facility to drain our tanks before finally heading down the road with an eye out of animals to no avail. The trees, while still small in diameter are getting taller the further we go south.
At the request of the navigator, we stopped at the Rancheria Falls Recreation Site. A short walk on a very nice trail and a very nice boardwalk led to two small waterfalls. Of all of the rest areas and pull-outs today, this was the only one on the Alaska Highway that did not sport a sign about no camping or overnight parking. It was also the nicest, with some trees to separate the large parking area from the highway.
We fueled at Junction 37 ($1.54/liter – 10 cents cheaper than at Rancheria) and then headed south on the Cassiar, eventually to Alaska, although at our rate of travel it will be a couple days yet.
We’d been warned that the northern part of the Highway was very rough and it certainly started out that way with the first hour or so maxing out at 30 mph for any degree of comfort. The further south we go, the better the road was. We saw two large groups of RVs headed north. I was surprised to see large groups heading north the middle of August.
We stopped at Jade City to wander through the shop and their rusty equipment collection. Apparently this area is the largest producer of nephrite jade in the world. While there, we did manage to buy five matching dice to replace the mismatched ones we’ve been using in our ongoing Yahtzee tournament. Hopefully matched dice will help me win more often.
The large boulders look fairly nondescript to the untrained eye
until they are cut with saws of varying sizes.
In addition to the old rust on display, they also have a lot where they offer free overnight parking. We elected to continue south where we found a nice shady spot along the Cottonwood River at a rest stop on the old road alignment.
This was posted compliments of the free wi-fi at Rumors Cafe in Dease Lake.