We met a lot of great people along the road, and interviewed a few of them. Along the way we found the best cinnamon buns in the galactic cluster, learned a new way to keep a pet occupied, heard about a buggy job and met some friendly tourists from Germany. (Listen to episode 18 for a more dramatic encounter Larre had with some German tourists along this route.)
Ben and Gail Andrews are the third generation to operate Tetsa River Lodge, west of Fort Nelson, British Columbia. I wanted to stop there last year when I saw the sign advertising the “Cinnamon Bun Centre of the Galactic Cluster,” but Larre wasn’t hungry. This year we were planning to stay overnight, as they have 15 campsites and 5 cabins (and showers!) along with their cafe and gift shop, but we were tired and stopped in Fort Nelson instead. The next morning, though, we made sure to stop in for a taste test.
After a delicious breakfast (first things first), we interviewed Gail about the lodge. She gets up at 4 in the morning every day to make 300 cinnamon buns. When we first came in, two young men were asking if they could get the recipe but Gail told them it’s not for sale. So you will have to take our word for it, the cinnamon buns are worth the drive to Mile 375 on the Alaska Highway. We made a video of Larre doing the taste test. If I ever get to some good wifi, I’ll upload it for you to see here on the video page.
At Muncho Lake we stopped to take some photos at Strawberry Flats campground. It had nice, private campsites with beautiful views of the water. We stopped to chat with Cary, his Brenda and daughter Ashton who were the lone campers in the whole campground. They had a rope tied between two trees, with a couple of dog toys hanging from it. Bailey, Ashton’s dog, was kept occupied playing with the toys—you can hear her growling in the background.
We had two short interviews with flaggers working on road crews, when we were stopped waiting for pilot cars to take us through the construction areas. Raven was working in the Yukon, and Colleen was on the Tok Cutoff in Alaska. Speaking of the Tok Cutoff, that road is like a roller coaster for several miles!
Larre tried to find some sheep to interview at Sheep Mountain, at the southern end of Kluane Lake. He spotted over 30, but they were too high up to talk to. As a consolation, we pulled into nearby Congdon Creek Campground so Larre could finally taste test his cinnamon bun.
At Kluane Lake we crossed paths with Manfred and Sue, who are from a town near Munich, Germany. Our last interview is with them, as they describe their driving tour from Whitehorse Yukon, up the Dempster Highway to Dawson City, then west for a drive around Alaska, and back up to check out the area around Whitehorse.
Congdon Creek Campground had a big sign warning that tent camping is not allowed because grizzlies frequent the area. Just a mile down the road, we stopped to watch a mother grizzly with two little cubs as they grazed their way down the roadside through the grass and wildflowers. We didn’t try to interview them, but check out our video page for more of the cute cubs.