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Jul 2, 2011 - Hyder,AK

Drove 4 miles down the road to Hyder,AK. This is the only way to get into Hyder. Stopped off at Fish Creek Wildlife Viewing Area on Salmon Glacier Road. This is a special viewing area for grizzly & black bears as they feed on salmon in the shallow waters. However that is usually the middle of July and August when the salmon are spawning. Continued on up Salmon Glacier Road (22.9 miles) to Salmon Glacier. It took 2.5 hrs on a very rough, hilly road. The road actually takes you up the mountain above the glacier. We got there just in time...

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Aug 26, 2010 - Stewart, BC/Hyder, AK

Stewart/Hyder It took two day of rainy driving to reach Hyder for its fabled bear watching, but no one told the bears we were coming. We have been out to the viewing platform two days in a row and the ranger said no bears have been seen. The salmon run was late so the bears left, now the river is full of salmon, with no one to feed on them. We have seen some beautiful glaciers and the towns are quite interesting. Hyder, which is in Alaska, is just over the border and more ghost town than town. All the streets are dirt, and I do mean dirt,...

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Aug 23, 2010 - Hyder

Yesterday we took three vehicles and the six of us drove to Hyder, four miles, and took the Glacier Highway and Salmon Glacier Self-Guided Tour. The tour covers 23 miles and ends at the Summit Viewpoint but the road continues for another 7 miles to Granduc property which Elden, Cherie and Marge and I decided to drive. The tour includes a stop at the Wildlife Viewing area where a wood platform and walkway has been built for visitors to view the salmon spawning and the bears feeding. However there were no bears to see. Apparently the bears...

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Aug 22, 2010 - Steward, BC and Hyder, AK update

August 21, 2010 day 77 Iskut to Steward, BC We left the campground at Iskut about 9 am for the drive to Steward. The road was a pleasant change from yesterday in that it was newly paved for most of the trip. After arriving in Steward about 1 pm, we went to the car wash to wash the truck and then to the visitor center for information about Steward and Hyder, AK. Steward is very small and Hyder even smaller. Tomorrow, we will take a drive in the Tongass National Forest to bear and glacier sightseeing. Monday we leave for Prince George taking...

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Aug 18, 2010 - Stewart, Canada/Hyder, Alaska

The town of Stewart is on the border with Alaska. On the US side it is Hyder. Hyder is basically a ghost town, about 100 people there. Stewart has like 500. In the old days, 10,000 people lived here for silver and gold. We stayed two days in a RV park on the edge of Stewart. The attraction here is viewing bears eat salmon on Fish Creek near Hyder in the US. The first day I stayed in the trailer. The next day I went to the bear viewing and saw nothing but Salmon spawning. This evening I went again and saw one grizzly momma and her cub. They...

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Alaska 2010

Aug 10, 2010 - Salmon Glacier and Hyder

Tuesday August 10 – Salmon Glacier and bears Today we had arranged to get up and go to breakfast with Larry and Lora and then to drive them up to view bears and to the Salmon Glacier. Breakfast was great omelets or eggs and homemade toast and potatoes in the local bar. This bar has dollar bills, mostly US but lots of Canadian and others from around the world signed by visitors and posted all over the walls and panels absolutely everywhere! They even have some larger bills up $100 posted in places. The signatures date back to 1966 and the...

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Aug 9, 2010 - Hyder, helping a trucker, Bears and Friends

Monday August 9 – On to Hyder, helping a trucker, Bears and friends - Today we are to continue about another 250+ miles down the Cassier Highway. It is hard to believe but the mountains seemed to get even more beautiful, the spruce and cottonwood trees much larger and the lakes and streams still beckoning. There are practically no small towns or businesses along this entire stretch but we did strike quite a bit of highway construction going on. There were several very long (20 mile or so) and dusty patches and one required a lead car. Also...

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Jul 26, 2010 - Stewart-Hyder

This is supposed to be the place to see bears, so we saddled up this morning at 6am to go to the Fish Creek Bear Viewing Platform. Morning is supposed to be the best time to watch them. The place is interesting. There is a long, narrow platform, about the length of a football field that borders Fish Creek. It is fenced and one is asked not to bring any food or drink onto the platform, and to speak quietly. The salmon come up this stream to spawn. Apparently this is a huge salmon spawning stream and while we were there we saw salmon about 3...

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Jul 23, 2010 - Stewart-Hyder via Watson Lake

We have a long drive ahead of us today. The lady customs officer at the U.S. Customs checkpoint was having trouble keeping the black flies out of her mouth. She was laughing about it, though. I’m not sure I would have been! We stopped in Tagish, a First Nation community to get a cup of coffee and something sweet. We met Curt, who bought this store/RV Park/motel/coffee shop/ice cream shop about 4 years ago on the Internet. He is German and wanted to move to Canada, so this is his big adventure. He and his wife came here site unseen and they...

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Jul 23, 2010 - Travel days to Stewart/Hyder

We left Skagway, AK Wednesday morning (7/21) under cloudy skies, and light drizzle. After topping off with fuel we started a long climb out of Skagway on the South Klondike Highway. About 5 miles out of town we hit extremely thick fog, visibility was about 20 feet at best. We climbed the 20 miles at 20-25 MPH until we reached the Yukon border. The fog finally lifted when we reached the Canadian Border Crossing. After getting cleared at customs we continued on. The weather improved throughout the day. We ended up stopping for the night in...

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Jul 21, 2010 - Stewart, B.C. & Hyder, Alaska

We took Highway 37 down from Watson Lake, YU, to reach our last Alaska destination. It wasn't a bad road except for 3 sections of construction that had some very loose gravel. There were signs posted to be aware of bears at the rest areas. Although we didn't see any there were prints of a bear and maybe a baby bear as well. We did see black bears along the highway and a big moose standing in the middle of the road. The highway is called the "Glacier Highway to Alaska" and for good reason. There are 20 glaciers along that stretch of road....

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Jul 19, 2010 - Dease Lake, BC to Hyder, AK

Monday Will fill in the blanks later - sorry . . . Woke up early (but we both went to bed early last nite) – it is quite cool, but looks like it will be a great day, there’s nothing but blue sky above us! Gas: $ Coffee: Barely pulled out of the park & we saw a huge mountain ahead of us, the snow on the peak was shining brightly in the sun – Wow, what a way to start the day. A real eye-opener –better than coffee even! A deer ran across the road very quickly & then we saw a black bear along the side of the road ahead of us, Ron came to a...

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