|Honk for Team USA and Happy Canada Day!|
Reservations at Woodhouse Cottages and Ranch were made long before launch in anticipation of a July 5th ferry departure from Prince Rupert. At first glance, Prince George didn't seem to merit a stop but after a three day stay we found everything we needed, and we needed a lot: Costco, a new bike rack, bike maintenance, a soft bed with solid walls and a roof. Added bonus, Prince George is home to the best bookstore we encountered along all 8,000 miles of our adventure to Alaska.
|Books & Company in Prince George: the best bookstore of the trip!|
|Nora the St. Bernard puppy|
|Chatting with the locals|
At this point, Kris needed to get on a work call so we found a park; wanting so badly to stretch legs with a ball or on a playground. No such luck. The grass was a soggy mess and it was raining yet again so...laundry instead?! Nope: $5CAD for a dry and $10CAD for a wash. Frankly at this point laundromat standards had been set by SnowDome in Jasper and we weren't yet willing to compromise.
|SnowDome, the champion of all laundromats, smells like coffee and muffins. If a photograph could smell, you would see.|
Of course we stopped to see the world's largest fly-fishing rod on our way to Smithers.
|Near Fernie, BC|
|Our own private mud puddle...I mean campsite.|
|A groggy breakfast and coffee in downtown Smithers.|
Note: kids are not allowed in breweries and bars in Canada. This was a big problem for us back in Waterton where we were seeking someplace, anyplace, to watch the U.S. women's soccer team play Sweden. Here in Colorado breweries welcome families, which probably seems odd for Canadians, but breweries are some of our favorite places to hang out, play games, relax, eat food, drink beer and watch sports as a family.
|Remembering the rain in warm, dry Glacier Bay National Park.|
And the curvy, vista-filled, riverside drive to Terrace ensued...