After becoming jobless, the first thing we did was decide to take a road trip to the Kootenays to see my son who lives off the grid on the top of a mountain and go to my traditional territory in Dease Lake. It was beautiful.
Caleb is a linesman but on his off-time he lives in his trailer, under a quonset with no electricity or running water. He loves it and we can see why now. It was incredibly beautiful, quiet and peaceful. We always made a point of living near the woods and nature when our kids were growing up – I guess it stuck. 🙂
After our visit with Caleb we left for Dease Lake and made a stop in Prince George and Smithers to meet up with a few family members. The drive up highway 37 was incredibly lovely with the fall colors and sunshine. We saw several black bears and the highway was surprisingly populated for being so remote. There was community after community of cabins and estate homes along the banks of the numerous enormous lakes. The drive alone is worth the trip.
When we arrive in Dease Lake we stayed with our friends Sophia and Derek and their beautiful family at their homey, peaceful, delightful Arctic Divide Lodge. They get rave reviews on Trip Advisor and we highly recommend you stay with them on your way up to Alaska.
Our week in Dease Lake was lovely. We took a nice long walk every day (picture of Allan Lake in the header), helped Sophia with the room cleaning and visited several family members. While we were there we met several hunters who had come up from the States to do some back-country hunting with a family member who is a outfitter at Little Dease Ventures. If you are a hunter, check out their page!
If you like long, lovely drives with very little traffic, lots of wildlife and beautiful nature, take the drive up to Dease Lake, stay at The Arctic Divide and enjoy some true R&R.
Just two travelling…
David and Angela