October 31st 2007 4:15 pm
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Sun Sept 16
There was some light rain on the tent early this morning as Dad and I were having our breakfast. It`s quite cozy to be inside a tent with rain pattering down outside! The rain ended as we were breaking camp and we again enjoyed the views of the mountains of bare granite rising above the colorful autumn tundra. We hiked back to our car at the Summit Lake campground traversing some slippery scree slopes on the way and re climb ing that small cliff.
Just as we reached our car, the cold rain returned and was with us for a time as we drove on up the Alaska Hwy to the Liard Hotsprings. It ended as we reached the hotsprings and Dad spent about 3 hrs here enjoying the warm soothing waters of the hotsprings.
We left the hotsprings around 3 pm and headed on up the Alaska Hwy towards the town of Watson Lake. A herd of bison was grazing beside the hwy about 20 miles past the hotsprings.
We pulled off of the highway at the whirlpool canyon area. At this point, the Liard River makes a sharp bend flowing over jagged rocks and creating an impressive set of rapids!
Shortly after leaving whirlpool rapids, trouble struck! A loud banging could be heard comming from our left rear wheel. By the time we reached Watson Lake, it had morphed into a sickening grinding sound. Dad knew that the bearings were shot and the wheel was about to fall off! We decided to stay in Watson Lake tonite and have the wheel repaired in the morning. If we lost a wheel on a remote stretch of the Alaska Hwy, we would be in BIG trouble!
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