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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Is this next ???

We are in Dawson Creek, the official start of the Alaskan Highway (or for us, the end).  

This curved wooden bridge, Kiskatinaw Bridge,  was built by a crew of 100 men over a period of 9 months.     It could have been done sooner but the ice built up and took out the footings on one side.       This incredible feat still carries vehicles today.    The bridge is in remarkable condition.   The ingenuity and craftmanship is apparent in the timber truss and plank structure.

 A new bridge was built in 1978, though, to accommodate the weight of heavier trucks.    

We were lucky to be there when the rescue team was doing some training.      I've always thought it would be fun to rappel off a building, but this team was doing it off the bridge.

The woman has obviously done this before, but is getting some refresher training.    

This gentleman, though, is not so sure.    I'm guessing he's had classroom training and this is his first hands on.     He was pretty slow, but successfully completed his mission.

She looks much more confident than him.    See their backpacks on the ground.

I asked this instructor if the outing was training or for fun and his reply was "both".

I was so envious of these rescue personnel.    What a rush that would be!

1 comment:

  1. I'm surprised you didn't piggy back with her. What a shock that would have been for her!