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Day 30 - Travel to Fort Liard, NWT (Blackstone Territorial Park & Campground) 

Today before we left town, many of us took advantage of the water hose on the side of the Visitor Center to fill our water tanks. The next two nights will be dry camping so we wanted ensure we had plenty of water.

While I was filling up, this truck pulling a mobile barber shop went by. He is open from 9 to 9 daily; that is, if you can find him!

We arrived at the ferry about 10:40 AM only to find some of our Caravan, who had left two hours before us, still waiting in line. The river had fallen 2 feet since our last trip across, and the ramps need 'adjusting'.

While we were waiting, one of our group mentioned there were some snow removal machines in the Liard River Marine Operations Center Camp next to us.

This is a Bombadier, like those we saw in Peace River.

The last time I saw a machine like this it was grooming a ski slope in Colorado!

When I walked back to my coach I discovered what most people do when they wait... they get out and talk to each other.

The delay this morning was due to river dropping; they needed to remove some of the bank to make an even approach for the RVs. That big pile of dirt is what they removed.

When we loaded, I stepped out onto the deck and the Captain motioned for me to come up to the wheel house and take some pictures!

He told me there are three captains and they work a schedule of one month on, and two weeks off.

As we pull out you can see the ramp is just dirt fill that requires constant attention.

The ferry runs from May to November. At the end of the season, they move the ferry up to the bank where you see the rows of logs. More logs are added down to the river and the ferry is dragged up the bank sideways by a huge Caterpillar tractor and there it stays until the next May.

We are approaching the other side of the river. The captain aims up-river of where he wants to dock the ferry and lets the river carry him into position.

The roads were all gravel today and it was very dusty. Most of us had a film of dust on everything inside our rigs as well as on the toads.

This is how Jon managed the dust in their coach. Just remember not to remove the mask next time we go through customs.
(Arida Brand)

Arida's whimsical approach to the dust in their coach.
(Arida Brand)

We stopped on the bridge over the Poplar River to enjoy the sound of rushing water.

When we arrived at Blackstone Territorial Park and Campground, we discovered the sites were too small for most of our rigs, so we dry camped in the day use parking lot. The good part: the mosquitoes did not like the sun.

Looking over the Liard River from the campground to Nahanni Butte (4,579 feet) in the center of the picture.

The water was calm and picture perfect the rest of the day.

Jan had a tree jump out and damage the bracket on his slide cover when he left Fort Simpson, so Jim and Ernie are taking the bracket apart to straighten the arm.

Jim is holding a big hammer on the back as Ernie is trying to drive the shaft out from this side. Unfortunately, the end result was the awning roller was beyond repair. It was removed and left in the trash.

The Visitors Center at the Blackstone Territorial Park and Campground

is made from whole logs and is very rustic and cozy inside.

They have displays depicting the living conditions of the fur trappers that worked the area,

along with displays of local aboriginal art work: beading, tufting and birch bark baskets.

Skeeter called an impromptu travel meeting to talk about the next days extensive travel.

This was taken at 10:40 PM. A beautiful end to a wonderful, but dusty, day.

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