Friday, May 23, 2008

On The Alaska Highway

We set our watches back one hour as we crossed into British Colombia and soon were in Dawson Creek, beginning of the Alaska Highway at Milepost "0".

Light, misty rain and 49 degrees F put a chill in the air today but the locals are warm as the average temperature here is 0 F in January.

It was not until the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 that construction of the highway, originally called the Alcan, was deemed a military necessity as a supply road to defend North America against the Japanese. Officially, the highway began on March 8, 1942 with a group starting North from Dawson Creek, a small town of 600; the highway was completed eight months later on October 25,1942.

We find a wonderful campsite on a gravel bar with a beautiful view.

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