We left our hotel in Fort St. John on our way to Muncho Lake. When we left the Holiday Inn Express in Fort St. Johns at 8:00 the temperature was in the mid 50’s. The area was a combination of farm, ranch and oil production.
It was just rolling hills and woods further down the road but it was still an area with oil production. There were many man camps composed of prefabricated modules. Most were empty, a couple had pickup trucks in front of them and looked like maybe 1 room in 20 was filled.
We stopped for gas at a place near these camps and that looked to have been supported by the oil and drilling trade. It didn’t look too prosperous.
As we headed North the terrain became more hilly and the road started to curve more. To the west you could see the mountains getting closer. We arrived at Fort Nelson where we gassed up and took a break.
Soon after leaving town we saw a Black Bear, the 6th of our trip so far. As we went on we saw our first caribou, a group of mountain goats and another 2 groups of caribou.
We arrived at our destination for the night the North Rockies Lodge in Lake Muncho, B.C. It turned out to be a good pick. They are called the best lodging on the Alaska Highway by the Milepost Alaska travel guide, although the competition did not look that good.
After checking in, stowing our bags and changing to shorts we went to the lounge for a beer, to sort out all our receipts and post to the blog. We soon became aware that there was limited access on the internet. The whole place was powered by a diesel generator that uses 10,000 liters of fuel a month.
We found out from a guy we met in the lounge named Ron that a large part of the lodge’s business was flying hunters, fishermen and people that liked to take isolated vacations to some of there remote cabins on alpine lakes. Ron had just accompanied a older Swiss couple on one such vacation. This was the Swiss couple’s 6th such vacation here but the first time that they thought they would need someone with them for there own good.
Ron it turned out was a Harley rider along with his wife. They both owned 2008 Harley anniversary bikes like I used to have. His was a CVO Ultra and hers a CVO Dyna. Ron lives in southern BC 2 hours east of Vancouver. Now retired he comes here to work part of the summer.
We had the pleasure of meeting the Swiss couple and some other people speaking another language I didn’t understand. I sometimes have trouble with English. We were seated for dinner and had a meal prepared by a Swiss chef. Bill and I both said we have had better.