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Liard River Hotsprings Provincial Park, BC

Saturday, May 26, 2007

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We pack up (again) and leave the campsite, our latest start in weeks: 11am. We are enjoying the incredible view from our table window, so we aren’t moving very fast. The blue-green water here is very pretty this morning.
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We drive a few miles down the road and pull over to look at more Stone sheep. They are licking the salt from the side of the road.
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We also stop for a short hike to a scenic overlook. There is often wildlife seen there, but not today – today’s only wildlife is the huge BC mosquitoes! They're at least twice the size of the ones back home in PA.

Our stop today is at Laird River Hotsprings Provincial park. They have room in their campground so we spend our 3rd night in a row dry camping, but the scenery for these parks is wonderful – so much nicer than the many “parking lot” RV parks we’ve stayed at.
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We weren’t sure if the springs would be open since we had seen in someone’s blog (who are also traveling to Alaska, but are a few days ahead of us) that the springs were closed the afternoon that they stopped due a bear that had bathers trapped in the spring. The rangers had chased the bear away so the bathers could get out, but they had the springs closed while the rangers tried to locate the bear and prevent it from returning.

No bears at the springs today, so we have lunch and head up to the springs. We walk to the furthest spring first and I am not impressed – murky blue-green water. No way I’m getting in that stuff, but Jere swims around in it and enjoys the hot water. Jere wants to swim in a place where he can see snow on the mountains :-)
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After about ten minutes we return to the first spring (where it’s clear and I can see the many pebbles on the bottom) and have a great time. We stay in the far end of the spring where it’s not as hot – not sure how long we were in, but it must have been at least an hour. Joe found a large log and was floating around on that for awhile.
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We walk back, have dinner and start a campfire. Jere and I go for a walk while Joe enjoys his campfire. The campground is full – it’s a weekend and it’s a very nice park. We walk out to the road and see a buffalo. I’m hesitant to get too close for pictures, so we decide to go back to the campsite and drive the truck back for pictures. The buffalo must only be about 100 yards from our campsite (our campsite is in the woods on the right of the picture below). There’s also another group of buffalo up the road so we take a look at them also.
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Then we return to the campsite to sit by the fire and tell Joe that what we thought was a deer path beside our campsite is actually a buffalo path :-)

Then for our third evening in a row, we end the day by making s’mores by the campfire :-) Another great day in British Columbia.

Posted by jengelman 13:39 Archived in Canada Tagged family_travel

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