part 2 of my 2011 trip from Fort St John to yellowknife
part 1 of my 2011 trip from Fort St John to yellowknife
Well I have been in Prince George now for over 24 hours, but lets review the first leg of my Social Media Camp Victoria 2011 Roadtrip or better known as #SMCV11RoadTrip.
The drive isn’t all that exciting, especially if you drive it continuously, but this was only my second time driving this highway and the first time was going in the other direction. I started off by heading south out of Fort St John, but quickly jumped onto the Braden Road, which I might add was still quite dusty. The Braden Road took me to Highway 97 in the west bound direction.
I stopped in Chetwynd, BC for lunch and a break. Chetwynd is best known for their Chainsaw Carvings, no? I’m really not sure. It was a good break and as I was trying to take my time on this stretch of the trip, I sat in the visitor centre parking lot watching people pass by on the highway.
The drive between Chetwynd and Prince George is known as the Pine Pass. It known to be a beautiful drive and also a narrow one. I didn’t find it all that narrow, there again I have traveled the highway from Banff to Chilliwack a couple time and I find some of those roads nuts.
I didn’t see any wildlife and the sun stayed out for my entire drive. Take a look at some of the photos I got along the way.
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Man, I am itching to plan and go on what I am going to call a Social Media Road Trip. Basicly I would love to go on a roadtrip in my Jeep, powered by the direction of those on Social Media Networks. All the while blogging about everything I see, do, eat and feel. Be a tourist with a website. Be like a traveling billboard for the great things Canada has to offer.
Sure it has been done before, but it is something that I’m very passionate about and have the “drive” to do.
It will be something that will take a lot of work, planning and quite possibly begging. I don’t think it can happen for at least a year, but someday. The biggest detail I’ll need to work out is how to financially support myself on this journey. One big sponsor, Advertisers, but how to line these type of things up.
I have always had the bug for roadtrips and always had the desire to travel across Canada but never thought about the logistics. The desire really started to come when interviewed Dave Conroy while he was in Yellowknife and then when I started following Alex and Luke and finally just now when I found Roadtrip with a Reason.
I guess I have some planning to do.
This will be quick as I do not have the patients to write out an elaborate post tonight. So this will be more of a photo blog.
All packed and ready to go the night before.
At 5am Yellowknife look like it was going to be a nice day.
This was a neat photo I randomly caught crossing the bridge at Rae.
We saw lots of buffalo on the road, lots of which were just standing on the road.
There was still lots of bridge construction going on.
The ferry ride was uneventful. I think I have lived in the north to long.
The wee town of Grimshaw.
I normally try and take photos of the beautiful Dunvagan Valley but because the construction on the bridge, which I am fairly certain has been happening for 3 years now, I wanted to focus on driving.
This was our little set up in the Grande Prairie campground. I thought it was very redneck to have a lazy boy and computer chair set up outside.
I was always uncertain as to how much the bunk could hold. I think there was about 200lbs on it and it didn’t collapse on my brother so it must be decent.
We spent most of today in Grande Prairie shopping and skateboarding. We also drove over to Wembley to check out a new skatepark we were told about. I must say for a small farming town, it was a pretty nice.
Note* We got to Dawson as well today and I was able to get my apartment. I will put up another post with picture tomorrow.