Back online at last!


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 Many of you have wondered if something happened to us, well it did to Jim.  I had a minor accident in Dawson City, Yukon while panning for gold.  I was helping some folks learn how to pan while Miss Peggy was in the stream with a sluice working the ground!  I turned to answer a question and ran smack into a picnic table with my thigh.  I swear it moved 2 feet, but alas it was solid concrete.  After a few days it looked pretty bad and we went to the hospital/clinic in town.
The nice doc there assured us nothing was broken just very black and blue.  He gave me some HD pain meds, and started me on 3 antibiotic pills 4 times a day!
 Went back a couple of days later and the calf of my leg was swollen and getting a few blisters.  We back the third and fourth time, he lanced the blisters and felt this was the infection leaving my body.  He requested we get medical attention in Fairbanks.
We took off for the Top of The World Highway via Chicken AK, and I was running a 103 degree fever during those 2 day.  Arrived at Tok AK on Friday to pickup some refrigerated medication which had been overnighted to me.  It finally got there on Monday at noon.  Thank God it was still cold  enough.  
First day in Fairbanks I had to go to a dentist for emergency glueing of a cap!
 Second day I went to the clinic first thing, by now my leg looked like a bear had mauled me  (should have taken pics – the docs and hospital took enough!)  They put IV’s in both arms to flush out my system as I was have a bad reaction to the antibiotics.  At 7 PM they announced they were sending me home at 8 PM but were going to give me a mild antibiotic via the IV as I had a true surface infection.  By 8 PM I was covered in hives due to that antibiotic.
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 Long story short I was admitted to the hospital for a few days were they totally cleaned me out, took my blood every 4 hours, gave me shots in the belly for blood clots (I never had any) and started me on a starvation diet.   They treated us great there, letting Miss Peggy stay, and even feeding her.  All in all it was on my back and out of it for about 3 weeks!
Good news was that my Doc in Fairbanks was an internal medicine person, she redid all my meds and supplements, put me on a very strict low carb diet. (135 a day – that used to be a meal).  I have lost  a few pants sizes, no longer take my insulin or metforin, and have done away with 2 of my 3 blood pressure meds.  I feel good, but we are now starting a slow trip back to the midwest for further medical review.
 We arrived in Anchorage to report to the clinic first thing and blood work is great.  We current are in Terrace, BC awaiting parts to repair our RV.  During this entire ordeal God has placed good people in our path to care for us.  
Tomorrow we will further update the blog as we will be in Terrace a couple of more days, and have found internet at the library and Tim Horton’s!
 Thank you all for your prayers.
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Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. – Psalms 37:7 

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Whitehorse Northbound


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 This is the picture we took at Dawson Creek, BC inside the visitors center.
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This is the oldest wooden bridge in Canada, just North of Dawson Creek. It was built as part of the WW II war effort for the Alaskan Highway. You can still drive over it in a large RV like ours, but walking was scary enough.  It has a 9 degree tilt to the right to keep water off which is probably while it is still standing.


We love to boondock. It saves money, allows us to enjoy the beauty of the area, and is part of the adventure. Look at this view from where we parked for two nights.


Panoramic view of me fishing at Muncho Lake


I caught about 9 lake trout, my first. You can only have in your possession 2 of legal size. As it started to rain we kept this 19 inch girl.  We should have kept another as it rained the rest of the day and I didn’t fish.


I cleaned the fish in the rain and the seagulls were there right away!  We ate it for lunch as the harder it rained the more sloppy my filleting got.


This is the picture at 11 PM from where I was fishing.  Last night I was still reading inside our RV at 11:15 PM with no lights on.  Ole Sol starts showing his face at 3:30 AM.


These are the blackout curtains Miss Peggy made for our bedroom. They are from a scrap of dark green sunbrella from out sailing days. A little velcro holds them in place.DSCF0797

 We went to the world-famous Liard hot springs.  The British Provincial Parks worked very hard to build (and maintain) this facility.  There is no road going the 1/2 mile to the hot springs, and all this material was brought in via ATV with a trailer!

If you notice the water is almost to my shoulder. I am setting on a stone bench they hauled in. Water is crystal clear.

Miss Peggy is sitting on a spillway they built to make the lower water 3-4 degrees cooler.  Below she is pointing out that the area has to be closed from time to time so Yogi and Boo-Boo can use it.

This is one of the sources of the hot springs, and the water coming out of here could cook a lobster. Liard PP is one of the best maintained parks in BC.


Another picture of the sign forest at Watson Lake.


We added our own sign, the one in the middle. FL 488 NNJ with our names, date, city, and of course


Every year someone even counts the number of signs, as they are put up randomly you have to start the count over each year!


One of the many black bears along the road, we have yet to see the brown (grizzly).


Looking out the window you will see the wood bison (buffalo) laying down in the grass. We even saw them standing on the road eating the grass.


You always have to be camera ready, at 50 MPH (we aren’t speedy) sometimes the image is blurry

 Things we have missed on this trip:
Jif Peanut butter – Not in Canada, but they love peanut butter so there are real good substitutes.
Angel Soft Tissue – this shocked us, we will have a 9 week supply – maybe in Anchorage.
Western Salad Dressing – haven’t seen this since December, if we catch up with our friends Jim & Barb we may take their stash!
Sugar free items are in low supply but gluten free is available everywhere.
We love the variety of sausages and cold cuts, the seafood, fresh bakeries and of course poutine.
Very friendly and helpful folks at the visitors centers.  Most people are happy to see us and help us with our stupid questions.  Diesel runs 99 cents a liter so you do the math.  We have paid over $ 1.80 a liter – but didn’t buy much!  That’s about $3.75 a gallon of diesel, we had planned on a $5 average so we are happy.
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“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God”  Philippians 1:3

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Yukon is on the horizon


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Just a couple of quick thoughts as we have very little internet service until this week-end.


 We are currently parked next the world-famous sign forest in Watson Lake, YT.  The first sign was placed here by Carl Lindley from Danville, IL in 1942, now there are over 77,000 signs from around the world including ours.  Danville was supposed to have started a sign forest of their own a few years ago and the locals here are not happy they have heard nothing about it.  Maybe our Danville readers can check this out!
We have seen a lot of animals along the road  bear, bison, sheep – pictures to follow this weekend.  While camped at the Liard Hot Springs a buffalo came in the middle of the night and left a present behind our RV!
What we have liked about Canada so far:
No Pennies
Friendly folks (not those at the border)
Good fishing
Views to die for
Poutine – French fries with cheese curds and gravy
What keeps us on our toes:
Loonies & Toonies
Every thing in different weights, speeds, and volumes
Black Out Curtians – only dark from 11 PM to 3:30 AM
High taxes
Constant watch for animals and road hazzards while driving.
Signs and labels in French
Large mixtures of immigrants
No TV, radio, cell service, or internet
More on all of this in two days when we are in Whitehorse, YT and have better internet and cell service.
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When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.– Proverbs 3:24

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British Columbia – We have Arrived!!


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We didn’t have the border crossing into Canada that we were looking for.   We got into the wrong lane at the Canadian Border.  We got into the “commercial lane” come on we are almost 60 feet long.  Then we were told it was shift change time – we had to wait.  Then we had to go inside, lots of questions about the fact we have concealed carry permits and where are our handguns?  (In Florida of course)  After another 45 minutes of questions and sit and wait they finally let us into Canada and they never inspected the inside of our rig!!
We then spent the night at an abandoned Target store and went shopping at the Costco (you can’t take produce, eggs, fruit, or fresh meat across the border).  We felt like we were in a foreign country and we didn’t mean Canada.  Half the folks shopping didn’t speak english, the money was different, the weight systems were different and we were tired.  Welcome to Canada!!!!
The next day we spent the night next to the roadway (dry camping) and this was our view.  The lady at the welcome center in the very tiny town we were close to was very friendly and kind and told us some of the best places to get pictures.
The following day this was the sunset by the lake we camped close to.
Peggy navigates using 3 atlas’ and a guidebook called Mile Post.
We stopped at Lac La Hache (roughly means hatchet by the lake).  We tried to troll but the boat ride was more fun.
We saw this bald eagle two different days.  We listened to the loons call to each other at night.  It was nice.
Yes that is a seaplane on the lake – it is 11 miles long.
The white dot to the left of the two buildings is our RV.
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What a nice setting and great owners of the park.
Don’t I look like I haven’t fished in fresh water for over 20 years?  My gear is as rusty and I am.  I am sure the fish are laughing.
We stopped at Hell’s Gate where the Fraser river narrows to its tightest point.  
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We had to take a tram across the river – this is the view down.
During the building of the railroad a rock slide fell into the river making the area where the salmon move upstream to span very narrow and over the next few years millions of salmon died here.  They built these special fish water ways so that the salmon can move through the narrows.
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We moved on to the town of Chetwynd BC where every year they have a world-class chainsaw carving – they have over 100 of these huge carving.
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The next day we left only to run into this – snow.  150 miles north it was in the 60’s and 100 miles to the south it was also in the 60’s.
We holed up at Camp Wal-Mart for 2 nights waiting the freak storm to move past.
We installed this wall heater last year and we had even taken it off the wall and into storage!  We broke it back out and remounted it.  Most RV furnaces are about 45% efficient this unit is 98%, and we choose a model that has the nice blue flame look.  It sure has kept us toasty.
While in Dawson City holing up from the storm we did the tourist things.  Here is our picture at mile 0 on the Alaska Highway during snow.
Tomorrow we move north into warmer weather!! 
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