Photos from the Alaska highway! Okay, well, first photos from flying to Seattle, and then driving to Dawson Creek, where the Alaska Highway begins.
Some photos in this post brought to you by Daniel Brim. We have an equitable arrangement: he provides talent at taking photographs, I run us off the road only occasionally.
And here’s the northern lights! Just north of Prince George, British Columbia, which is well south of where such a strong display tends to usually appear. About twelve hours after landing … mission accomplished. Now all we had to do was drive the Alaska Highway!
Seattle skyline, as seen from the Alaskan Way Viaduct northbound. The southbound lanes are directly underneath. This freeway was built in 1952 and is slated for replacement with something a tad more earthquake-proof. [Dan photo.]
Look at that, we’re successfully in Canada, after minimal interference from the border patrol – most of the questioning based on the fact that we didn’t know the difference between Prince George and Prince Rupert. [Dan photo.]
An infrequently seen non-cutout marker. The Yellowhead Highway splits into routes 16 and 5 on the British Columbia side of the Rockies – 16 proceeding to the coast at Prince Rupert, and 5 connecting with Trans-Canada 1 to head to Vancouver – and both branches are signed with distinctive markers. [Dan photo.]
Dan manages to capture this old guide sign. How old? Note the striping – that’s indicative of 1960s Silver Scotchlite reflective sheeting! Also, this photo is notable as it is one of our first 97 shots. We will be seeing a lot of 97 as we proceed northward.
Here is the end of route 99, which at one point was the continuation of US highway 99 all the way up from Calexico, CA. For some reason, they chose 97 to be the route that continued all the way to Alaska, even though that route stops in Weed, CA at old US-99 – never mind that all the Mile Houses were numbered along the route that started as 99.
Testing for northern lights. This is Dan holding the camera relatively still and doing a 30 second exposure while I find a straight stretch of road. And indeed, there be the northern lights, past the various internal reflections from the dashboard.
And you’ve seen the rest of the photos from the night at the top of this post, so this is where we leave off. We reach Dawson Creek by dawn, and therefore start the Alaska Highway proper on the second day.