Our day began by passing through more herds of bison. Eureka decided this is the favorite part of the entire trip. She’s even displaced TinTin by riding shotgun and scanning the horizon for beasties.
Leaving the burn area behind us, it was a relief to see the green of the pines again. The road here follows the Liard River which is a tributary to the Mackenzie River.
We arrived in Port Providence, a quiet Dehcho First Nation village. There was evidence of buffalo even along the sidewalks running up to the library. The campground here is fenced by heavy wire and wood construction.
Two things to note about this video. 1. The Flies, Wow were they bad! The bison were tormented by them! and 2. The barking Poodles, Wow were they bad! The
bison I was tormented by them!
From the car these bison may look nonthreatening and small, but check this out!
Do you think this might be hint to their their size……?
I decided not to continue on to Yellowknife. I started to feel the draw of Central and South America calling. I decided to continue along the Deh Cho Highway Eastward and then south into Alberta, through Glacier National Park in Montana and back to Seattle. The thought of more hundreds of acres of burned forest between Fort Providence and Yellowknife and driving through more groups of bison (with the dogs over the top excitement) was enough to convince me to head south.
After a quiet night in Fort Providence’s provincial campground we headed back down the Makenzie Highway and east. We pulled onto a narrow dirt road for camping. It ended at a small rocky field where we settled down for the night.
I had been told that The Northern Lights could be seen this time of the year so I’d been getting up around 2 and 3am to look at the sky. Unfortunately, the nights had been over cast and obliterating any chance of seeing them. This night was crystal clear and the stars were thick but everything was obscured by the Full Moon. Walking out onto the slabs of rocks and large patches of gravel I noticed that the Poodles and I cast strong shadow. What better than to be…..
Dancing in the Moonlight
and making Shadow art
Of course you’ve already seen the Poodle Petroglyphs, Sand Art and Block Prints. It was this evening that started the whole show.