Yay, the road trip! The time has come; the journey to the Bulkley Valley Fair, in Smithers, British Columbia. So, let me back up a bit. First, we have to get there. We left about 8:30am in the morning from Terrace, heading out along Highway Sixteen, going East. Here in Terrace, the weather is rainy. This morning, the weather sucks. We have the steady downpour, or showers, and the cloud are as thick as ever, and this has probably being going on all night here at my place. Hence, why our Forest Fire Rating is somewhere around “Low,” while in Hazelton, it sits at “Moderate.” The further inland you go, the dryer it gets, and you do not have to go far for that to happen. Just looking at the trees in Hazelton tells the story–only a one hour drive down the road, the trees are parched from having so many dry days here.
Although it was raining, what they get in Hazelton, is far less than what Terrace gets. This is the Forestry’s “Forest Fire Danger” sign in Hazelton.
We did a little pit stop in Hazelton. Enough to buy a coffee and check the road-side tourist stop. Stopping for about fifteen minuets, we went on to our destination–Smithers. The total time on the road will be about two and a half hours. We never really kept track because of the pits stops. Our second pit stop was just before Smithers, and we did this one for my Mother. She wanted me to see if the “Igloo” was still there. Yup, it is–although closed, and looks like it is shut down, but at least it is still their. Here you go Mom:
The last time I was in the Igloo was about 1980. I first went in there about 1974, when we lived in Smithers. There are stuffed animals and other exhibits you could look at. I remember you get polished shinny rocks for a dime. For a kid, this was awesome. Sadly it looks like it is shut down for good, as it looks as no one has been in their for a long while. This pit stop was just long enough for me to get a few shots, and then we were off again. Smithers was very close now–less than ten minutes away.
This is a bill-board near the Igloo, on the side of the road. I think it was printed in USA. LOL
Sadly, even here, almost near Smthers, it was raining. Although we noticed some dry spots along the road. Two hours and a bit, we made it! A couple of more stops, then off to the Bulkley Valley Fall Fair!