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Friday, April 26, 2013

Second Day of Traveling to get to the BC Trapper Convention

We spotted Mountain Goats on the South facing mountain and decided to spend the day and night here.  It's on the Racing River near  Toad (Historical Marker 422).  Soon we spotted Elk.  In total we counted 38 goats and 70 Elk.  It was a beautiful day but around 5 Bryan started to batten down the camp.  He said I feel moisture coming and he proved right.  We were in for a Blizzard.

This is a pullout off the Alaska Hwy.  It is 30 feet high of hauled in rock.  It also acts as a Hwy
protector in High water.  The mountain across the river is were we saw all the animals.  By 7 pm there was 3" of snow.  By 5 am the next morning 8".  Bryan said he could feel it coming in his bones.

At night we unroll the foamy and crawl into the sleeping bag and lower the canopy window.  The dogs sleep in the truck and Bee, the cat sleeps with us or goes mouseing.
We've got a Motel room booked for the Trappers Convention. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Trip Down South to BC Trappers Convention April 19, 2013

We gave ourselves 3 days to get to Ft St John.  Arrived a Liard River Hotsprings (Historic Alaska Hwy Milepost 496) mid day the first day and spent more than an hour and a half soaking in the natural mineral pools.  Absolutely a must Stop. 

We saw more wild Woodlands Buffalo than cars and trucks heading north.  There was really no traffic heading south. 

We had a blast.... learned lots, met great people... at the BC Trappers Convention

Sure glad we went.  Each day was full of things to see and people to talk to.  The skinning demo's were amazing.  How Gary from Fur Harvester can process so many skins in one days is incredible.  He was at it from the start to finish of each day.  We took some good pics and will put them up here soon.  The demos on snaring, dirt sets etc had great followers.
To organize this event must have taken a lot of people a great deal of effort.  The food was always available.  On Friday night the CO's cooked the Hamburgers out on grills in a blizzard.  We danced til 11:30 to great fiddle music.  Saturday night was the banquet and Auction.  Bryan was successful in bidding for a pair of hand made snowshoes done by a retired Trapper in 1980, never worn.  All proceeds to the BC Trappers org.
Again we danced til the midnight food was brought out.  Next year it to be in Cranbrook we believe.  Now that's a long long way from the far north.  But we had such a great experience it will be hard not to go again next year.