Fort Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

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Spending the night in Fort Nelson. Left Whitehorse Thursday (I think, seems like it can’t have only been two days ago), after Whitehorse the blizzard got worse. Roads were (and still are in some parts) a sheet of ice. It’s hard to believe that a storm can stretch from Tok to Prince George, I guess the arctic has more extreme weather. Spent the night Thursday in Watson Lake, home of the ‘World Famous’ sign post forest. Outside of Watson Lake we saw a semi that had slid backwards down a hill and jackknifed itself 20 feet into a ditch, it looked a lot more impressive than it sounds. Friday we drove to Liard Hot Springs and spent the night there. The hot springs are beautiful, I HIGHLY recommend them to anyone who’s ever coming through the area. There’s snow everywhere, it’s barely stopped snowing since we left Alaska. Driving has been really slow because of the ice and the mountains, been averaging 35 mph for long stretches.

Right now I’m in Fort Nelson, the northern terminus of the North American rail system, just on the other side of the Canadian Rockies. It’s Saturday night, and drunk people keep walking by on the sidewalk (or defiantly two feet off of it in the snow, those anarchists). It’s kind of surprising because there’s really not many people who live here, and they all keep heading to A&W. A&W lacks the moniker ‘All American Food’ here, presumably because Canadians dislike America, and they sell poutine. A dense fog is settling in, visibility has dropped to about a thousand feet in the past hour, and people are starting to settle down (kind of strange considering it’s not even 11:00).

Hoping to make it to Dawson Creek or further tomorrow. I’d like to be in Vancouver by Wednesday as it’s my favorite city in North America and I’d like to spend a few days there. At least we’re almost out of the hard section of Canada and into the more enjoyable part. Wrote this post kind of fast because my hands are losing dexterity and the ability to touch type from the cold, so any typos or poor phrasing is a result of that.

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