Monday, May 17, 2010

Alaska Expedition 2010 - Day 5-6

Outside our hotel in Edmonton we saw a pair of absolutely gorgeous Swainson's Hawks.  After breakfast, we headed north toward Dawson Creen, British Columbia.  This was my first day riding with the boys in the Excursion.  It was a beautiful day, 57 degrees F at 8:15am.  We headed north on Hwy 2 to Hwy 16W to Hwy 43N to Dawson Creek.  Gas cost us $86.6/L Canadian.  The woods are changing to spruce, pine, aspen and white birch on rolling hills.  We stopped for lunch at the Virginia Hills Rest Stop around noon and it was a balmy 70 degrees F.

At just about Fox Creek, AB, Rafael spotted a dark hawk in a tree.  We flipped a U-turn and circled back to get a better look at it.  It was a dark phased Red-tailed Hawk.  Just beautiful!

But, just as we started snaping our photos, it took off and flew right across the highway!  Way cool!

As we moved further into the Grand Prairie, we saw a small herd of bison and this cute Savannah Sparrow.

We arrived in Dawson Creek, BC at about 5pm - mile 0 of the Alaskan Highway and stopped for a couple of photos.

You'll have to ask Dave about the crack whore who sidled up to him as we drank our beer...  its a great story!

1 comment:

KK said...

Love the pictures of the birds and animals. I was in Dawson City in the Yukon once - a town with dirt roads. I guess you're a far piece from that Dawson.