Sunday, July 17, 2011

On the early evening of a rainy and cold day of July the 10th we reached Dawson Creek - the historic 'Mile 0' of the Alcan! We have done over 2500km on this one of a kind road that winds through the forests, mountains and along the rivers and valleys of Alaska, Yukon and BC.
It's been very intense experience for us, especially that it was our first 2500km on the road; we know that we haven't been very good at sharing it on the blog (we can blame the wilderness and no access to anything:)), but we promise to make up for it!

So, that's us at the beginning of Alaska Highway (which for us was the end)

On the historic day of July the 10th we were invited for a dinner to celebrate this special moment. So we found the best restaurant in town, called White Spot, that apparently has been running since 1928, and enjoy ourselves as much as we could :)
Marta had Salmon rice bowl, which was grilled salmon with Shitake mashroom, red pepper and ginger sauce; raul ate his best-ever-tried veggie burger (wholemeal roll, roasted mushroom, fresh tomato and lettuce and this huge tofu burger) with home-made chips and we shared a huge plate of salad. Marta toasted with a local lager and raul traditionally with a cup of green tea:)Mmmmm, what a change after eating rice and cheese all the time....

Big thanks to Mrta's parents, who invited us for this dinner

Dziękujemy Mamusiu, dziękujemy Tatusiu!
Gracias Teresa, gracias Miroslaw!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

hi everyone,
so the Alaska Highway is nearly finished; we are just 70km away from taking this historical picture at the other end of famous Alcan; if it stops raining (it's been pouring down the whole day today) we will get there by tomorrow evening.
I must say we feel a bit sentimental about this fact, we got used to Alcan, we got to like it, there is something special about this road - the history, the wilderness, its uniqueness, we will miss it...
And the wilderness is gone as well; there are flushable toilets on the rest areas, our mobiles have started to work, the Internet is fast...
People travel the Alaska Highway to go to the wild, to reach the "last frontier", to feel the shiver running down their spine, when their realize the immensity of the nature;
so, when you meet someone on the road one of the first questions is: how much wildlife have you seen? well, we have some trophies to show off :)

Black Bear, seen 14; most of the one we have seen just lazily chew on dandelions

Moose, aparently in plantiful up north; well, we've seen only 4

funny squirrel-like animal that was compulsively eating dandelion seeds

These are little monster; a real threat to our food!

Bald Eagle

Clumsy reindeer (here called caribou); no worries, by Christmas it'll be ready to deliver all your presents:)

Stone sheep, yes sheep even thouth it looks like a goat...

Mosquitos, seen and being bitten by countless number of this little beasts

Raven, plenty of them; important bird for the First Nation people

Bison (here called buffalo)