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Jul 30, 2011 - Just where is Stewart & Hyder

Sabbath: First we need to explain a little just where Stewart & Hyder are located. Both Stewart & Hyder are located at the end of Portland Canal, a Fjord of the Pacific Ocean, at the southern end of the Alaska rain forest. Stewart being in British Columbia and Hyder in Alaska. Stewart is the northern most ice-free port in Canada and Hyder is the southern-most town in Alaska with road access. Stewart has a deep water port. The town is very clean with many nice buildings. Most all the roads/street are paved. In contrast, Hyder's "port" is...

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Jul 29, 2011 - Bears, Bears, Bears

Friday: Well, its still raining! Very tired of it! Rained most of the trip here to Hyder, Alaska. Yes, we are back into the U.S. again. We are at the southern-most Alaska town that you can reach by road. We traveled through the Yukon and B.C. to get here and at the end of Portland Canal off the Pacific Ocean. We didn’t even have to go through customs coming in, but going back out you do. This town is locked in by Canada and the ocean, so much so that the Alaskan time change is not effective here or the American money (except for the Post...

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Jul 21, 2011 - On The Road Again....

6:45 AM at the Fish Creek viewing area. No fish! Lots of people....a tour bus was there! That's it....we're outta here....can't take it any more.... Headed towards Prince George, Cache Lake, Vancouver, and into states again....subject to last minute changes....

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Jul 20, 2011 - Hyder, Alaska - day 7

It was a dark and dreary day...... Temp. 53....rain all day.... Went to viewing area this AM....one fish...I exclaimed "WTF"!!! (Where's The Fish). Drove to the town dump where "there are always bears". No bears!!! Out to lunch at the Glacier Inn. Dollar bills papering walls with names, messages, dates on them. This is the place you go to get "Hyderized"....some homemade alcohol concoction that you are supposed to chug down and can then make claim to that triumph. There was a day.....Oh well.... Rest of day in small enclosure sleeping and...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Hyder, Alaska - day 6

Another day waiting for the salmon to head up Fish Creek. Still only a couple fish to be seen. One of the rangers said we could use some rain to help them along. We got some last night but not a lot. (writing this Tuesday AM) For lunch, we went to the "Seafood Express" here in town...also known as "The Bus". Lady does all her cooking in an old bus and has tables set up out front. I think she has some seating in a building behind the bus too but didn't check it out. It was a nice day and comfortable out front. We both had fish and chips made...

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Jul 19, 2011 - Hyder, Alaska

7/19/11 Another day of waiting for fish to magically appear in Fish Creek. Ain't happenin yet!! Spent about an hour there this morning watching birds and did happen to spot a black bear in the Creek a ways below the viewing area. Watched him with binoculars. A while after he disappeared I went back and spoke with one of the Rangers who said that an eagle had killed a salmon and left most of it in the general area where I said I saw the bear. They had been wondering if it would bring a bear around.... We went across the border to Stewart,...

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Jul 17, 2011 - Hyder, Alaska - day4

Sunday evening 7/17/11 We're still in Hyder. Since the fish weren't in but were expected in a week or so, we decided to hang out for a week and see what happens. So...we're here until at least Thursday. It's good, so far, to have some "down time" after racing down the road for 3 days and before that we were pretty much on the go all the time. Ann's worried about what we'll do here...not really anything to do! AThere is a historical society museum in Stewart, a board walk over a marsh, and that's about it!!! I'm not sure if she's more...

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Jul 15, 2011 - Hyder, Alaska - day 2

9/15/11 After the best night's sleep in many a day....I got up at 9:15....Ann at 10 !!! This campground is in the woods and is very quiet. Not something we've been used to lately. Some noisier than others but alway something to disturb a solid sleep. This was great! Adding to it was that we weren't going "on the road" today. Mid day we took off for Fish Creek where the Forest Service has a viewing area for spawning salmon and the bears that come to feed on them. It's about 5 miles up a dirt road from here. Got there to find that the...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Hyder, Alaska

First photo is of a license plate that was checking in just ahead of us at Watson Lake. Great vanity plate for an RV. Just Ann's feelings about our rig!!! I commented to the driver in the office...he smiled but wasn't "chatty"...unlike most RVers. Talked with another guy this morning who was sitting outside drinking his coffee at 6:15 as I was coming back from the shower. Group of 3 RVs from Florida. One from Orlando area, one from Melbourne, and someplace else. Retired Navy and Army guys. Lot of Florida plates up here....many more than I...

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Jul 12, 2011 - Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK

This morning we drove to Stewart stopping at Bear Glacier and the King James Hotel to use their pay phone to call and check on Katherine's Mom. We continued on to Hyder stopping at the Canadian Customs office at the border. We forgot to bring our passports with us when we left Mezidian Lake. We asked if there would be a problem upon returning from Hyder. They said we looked like honest Americans and they would make an exception just this once. Hyder is still very much a frontier town with dirt streets and ramshackle buildings. The only...

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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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