We woke up early at the beautiful Baba Canyon. We wanted to get an early start, Our destination… Yellowknife. Around the first corner we came across a goat family.
We saw a lot of wildlife that morning.
Just before Fort Nelson, we turned north and found the longest and most boring road in Canada: from Fort Nelson BC to Yellowknife NWT.
The road is gravel. It is flat. Do they put the potholes there to keep the drivers awake? There are very few settlements along the way, no homes, no stores. We have always watched the gas gauge carefully. It showed just a quarter full. We hoped there would be a gas station soon. Turning up the 40 km road to get to Fort Simpson, just for gas, was not appealing. Noticing a pickup truck with the NWT emblem stopped on the roadside, John pulled up beside him. He would know where the next gas was available. The news was not good. Our choice: Fort Simpson or another 350 km. His next words “I have some gas I can give you.” were like music. What he did next turned him into an angel. He filled our tank… FILLED it!! A guardian angel named Mickey (Michael), thank you so much.
Relaxed, we continued along the endless highway. My favorite Park along the route is Sambaa Deh Falls. A welcome sight in this flat land. The gorge cut by the river is narrow and deep. The wide river squeezes through the gorge and thunders over the rocks.
We stopped a little while later at the cutest outhouse. (I have become an quite the outhouse expert )
When I opened the door, I changed my opinion and opted for the bushes.
The long dirt road went on and on. Bridges are a welcome site, breaking the monotony. The bridge over the Fort Nelson River became a fast favorite.
We stopped for a break beside the bridge where John made friends with a couple of ravens.
It rained the next day, turning the dirt road into a slippery mud track.