We had a long day on the road today, as we started heading back west, before our turn north. We got off to another good, early start and headed north out of the campsite and off towards Prince George. The drive to Prince George was uneventful, and we didn't see a lot. We stopped in Prince George to pick up a few things, then headed east along highway 37 towards Terrace and our stop for the night.
We had high hopes for the day for wildlife viewing that didn't really turn out. We saw a few deer, and I saw a small flock of sandhill cranes, but other that that there wasn't much to report. Our first real stop for the day was in Burns Lake for lunch.
There wasn't much to see, but it was good to get out and stretch our legs. We headed northwest through some beautiful countryside, eventually pulling into Smithers where we stopped for gas. Smithers is beautiful, sitting nestled in the mountains.
After Smithers, we continued on the highway, heading back north at this point. At Moricetown, we made a short stop at a narrow spot in the river, where we were able to watch some of the local First Nations people fish in the massive rapids for salmon. They had these massive dipping nets, and were smart enough to be tethered to the shore. It was pretty interesting to watch.
At New Hazelton, Justine found an interesting side trip. Along the back roads, there was a great suspension bridge across the river and the road took us back towards a number of native villages. It was a beautiful drive, winding through the forest and across the river a number of times. At the last of the villages, there was a collection of 15 old totem poles, which were very cool to see.
We stopped for a while to take some pictures, and stretch our legs. There was a lot to see and take in - the poles were beautifully carved. The light wasn't bad, and the clouds added some drama to the scene. My only negative about the place would be that it would have been nice to have some signs with details on the totem poles - who made them, how old they were, what they signified - that sort of thing. I would have been happy to have left a donation. Before too long, we were back on the road towards Terrace.
The road from Kitwanga to Terrace mirrors the Skeena River, and is framed by mountains. It was a spectacularly beautiful drive, even if we did not see any wildlife. Part of the drive went through Seven Sisters Park, where they say there are a lot of mountain goats. We didn't see any.
But the drive was amazing. We got into Terrace about 7:00 pm after a long day on the road. We dropped the trailer and left Mom and Dad to get dinner started. Justine and I ran into town to grab some groceries and get gas.
By the time we got back, Mom and Dad had the trailer setup and dinner mostly ready. We had a great dinner and then spent the rest of the night playing euchre. It was a fun evening.