We got an early start at 5:55 a.m. heading for Hyder. Soon after we left the road improved dramatically and we were able to enjoy the scenery.
We made a great stop at Bell II. This is a gas station coffee shop and restaurant. The pastries and coffee were great.
Along the way we saw 7 horses, 3 llama, 2 black bears and 1 grizzly bear on the Cassiar. There were small areas of construction, but nothing like yesterday. This was like a freeway. You really appreciate decent gravel after this.
The 40 mile drive down 37A to Hyder was absolutely gorgeous! You pass through this lush green mountain pass. There is still significant snow on the mountains on both sides of the road. We made a stop at Bear glacier. The ice had a pretty blue hue and came all the way down to the lake. There was no calving however. The road continued good all the way to Stewart. Stewart is a small town of about 250 permanent residents. Stewart is in British Columbia.
From there it is a short two miles to the US/Canada boarder and Hyder. The US does not maintain a border post here at all, but Canada does. The road immediately goes from pavement to pot holes, mud and gravel. Hyder has less than 25 permanent residents and as I'm writing this a day later we have met at least half of these folks. Everyone is extremely friendly. The bus has the best fish and chips we have had the whole trip. Dinner was at the local wood fired pizza place and is probably the best pizza we have ever had. Hyder is a unique little town with old buildings, but the people make the town.
We are camped at Runamuch Campground (let your imagination run). It's really not too bad for Hyder. I should add that the truck and trailer are mud balls.
The Tongass National Forest is located in Hyder and it has the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site which is an elevated boardwalk next to Fish Creek where you can watch the grizzly bears feed on salmon. We spent the evening waiting for a bear to come and we were not disappointed. We saw our first bear on the short drive to the observation site and we were so close that you can see the flies around the bear's head in the picture we took! At the observation deck we saw another bear catching a salmon in the creek. It was quite exciting. We should note that we also observed many large mosquitoes.
Aggie rarely barks to go outside during the night, but of course last night she had to go out at 3:30 a.m. I should mention that there have been grizzly bears in the campground. I'll let you guess who the lucky person was that had to take Aggie out in the middle of the night.