Day Three – Transiting from PG to PR

A day of two Princes: George and Rupert. I don’t have as much to say about today, since it was pretty much all in the car. We checked out from the hotel after our complimentary breakfast. I think it was a pretty successful stay. It was the same “Esther’s Inn” as in 2008, but under new ownership. It might not be glamorous, but I really liked the atrium and the ability to sit out on the couches with the water fountains and read. It didn’t take long to get packed up, and we were on our way by 8:15. We stopped in Vanderhoof to get coffee at Timmy’s.

Rolling into Vanderhoof

Fraser Lake, Burns Lake and Houston followed. We stopped for lunch at DQ in Smithers. It was interesting how different Smithers feels compared to the other places we rolled through. It really has a “tourist destination” feel.

Rolling into Smithers

Then it was New Hazelton (the most northerly point of our trip) and then Terrace and finally Prince Rupert.

Ian and I at the Visitor’s Centre in New Hazelton

Looking at Terrace

The geography really got wild after Terrace. The mountains were so impressive, and worn by glaciers in the past into wild and wonderful shapes. The problem was that the sunlight was ahead of us, making it really difficult to get good photos.

I call this “Sad Trees with Hanging Valley”

Miranda took this across the Skeena

We pulled into Prince Rupert a few minutes after six and checked into the Pacific Inn. It’s… quaint. No A/C. The water’s off-color. But we needed a place to sleep before getting on the ferry tomorrow. There is a Save-on-Foods next door, and we got a roast chicken and salads for dinner and some sandwiches for tomorrow’s lunch. We went out for a walk after dinner, but it was a little run down for us to feel really comfortable walking around. Not a ringing endorsement for the town, I know.

Walking to the bookstore, of course

Ready to call it a night

We’ll be up before 5 tomorrow to be down at the ferry by 5:30ish. According to BC Ferries, we have to be there 90-120 minutes before sailing with a reservation.

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