Mark and Nadine's Arctic Expedition travel blog

Typical Southeastern AK coastal weather

Glacier near Stewart BC

We drove almost 500 miles today, from a roadhouse on the Alaska Highway in the YT, south about a third of the way through British Columbia, then briefly west, back down to the Inside Passage of AK for one last contact with the Pacific coast. The drive took us through some beautiful country, much of which is now a blur.

Our destination for the night was the town of Stewart BC and its sister-city, Hyder AK. These two towns are both small, but Hyder takes the crown as the more run-down of the two. Hyder’s claim to fame is its bears, who come each year to feast on the salmon run, while tourists watch from special platforms above the stream.

Unfortunately, we arrived in Hyder just a few days before the salmon (and the bears). But what made the trip here worthwhile was the spur road that leads from the main trans-BC highway down to Stewart/Hyder. It’s one of those narrow, twisting mountain roads that takes too much concentration for photographs - you just have to experience it. Amazing!

The current weather here is typical for the southeast AK coast: low clouds, with the threat of rain. So we’ve settled in for the night in an RV park in Stewart, and will head out in the morning, back up that neat mountain road.

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