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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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Jun 8, 2010 - Salmon Glacier, Hyder, Alaska, Incredible

If you look at the map, we took a sharp left and headed toward the coast to get to a unique place called Stewart, B.C., Canada right next to the Hyder, Alaska, US border. Bill Tucker told us about this. We stayed at the most wonderful camp ground in Stewart. We headed to downtown Stewart and ate a wonderful Alaskan Crab dinner at the King Edward hotel. The next morning, we headed over the border (about a block away) to Hyder, Alaska to go on a 15 mile ride on a gravel (rocks and boulders and landslides, mini glaciers), ride up to Salmon...

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ALASKA BOUND - 2010

May 28, 2010 - Hyder, Alaska

The internet service in this part of the country is a little sparse!!! This entry will include a couple of days of travel. From Prince George we drove about 222 miles up Highway 16 to Telkwa, BC for a one night stay, and the next day proceed northwest, and hit the Cassiar Highway #37 and proceeded on to Hyder, Alaska. Yes we made it to a little piece of Alaska!!! We celebrated with dinner at the "Bus". (see pics). The drive here was spectacular!! We saw bear, moose, eagles, waterfalls, glaciers, and some of the most desolate country in the...

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May 28, 2010 - Hyder, AK

May 27, 2010 It is getting warmer as it was 53 when we got up this morning. We continued west on the Yellowhead highway passing Smithers a small town of about 5000. This is the largest town in the Buckley Valley providing supplies and amenities to the local population of the area. The town started as a supply station for the building of the Grand Trunk of the Pacific Railway. Today it also serves as a major skiing site for the Hudson Bay Mountain slopes. As we drove west we paralleled the Buckley River and saw rapids and falls in the area...

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May 27, 2010 - Hyder, Alaska

The last week we have been on the move. From a wonderful trip to Vancouver, BC, where we rented a limo for 10 and toured the city. What a deal that was. Our welcome to the country was that we were asked to park in the parking lot of the RV park, because we were too big. Imagine! The trip to Prince George was absolutely gorgeous. The mountains around Hope, BC were to die for. Moose ran across our path, with no accidents I might add. We stayed for 2 nights, 1 day for rest. The area around Prince George was mostly logging. It clearly was a...

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Sep 2, 2009 - Hyder, Alaska

Except for one construction spot, the road was wonderful! After so many bad roads, you really notice the nice ones. And scenery to Hyder was beautiful! Someone in our caravan summed it up…just when you think you are done with the “WOW” scenery, you go around the curve and there is another “WOW”!! Just one after another…and it never gets old, and they are all different. Hyder is known for their bears. The park has an observatory with a walk way to watch the bears feed in the river. Most of the bears have feed thru out the summer and are not...

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North to Alaska

Sep 1, 2009 - Hyder, AK

Sept. 1 Visited Hyder, AK today with Les and Jean. We had to cross the Canadian/US border, but the US doesn't stop you, the Canadians on the return do stop you. Not much is there. They are on the registry for ghost towns, so they claim to be “a friendly ghost town”. Traveling through town (dirt roads only) we continued on 3 miles to Fish Creek Wildlife Viewing area. Fish Creek is a part of Tongass National Forest. We were standing at the office asking when the last bear sighting was when I turned around and said “Bear!” There she was with a...

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