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Aug 15, 2011 - Hyder

We started the day out with rain and it drizzled all day long. We missed the mother brown bear and cub this morning and the fish counters were here today walking the stream doing their survey. We decided to make a trip up to salmon Glacier since it appeared that it was going to be a slow bear day. Salmon glacier is the sixth largest glacier in Canada and is accessible by car. The weather got worse as we gained elevation and when we reached the summit the glacier was hidden by fog. We visited another glacier that is close by and not obscured...

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Aug 14, 2011 - Hyder

After the rain let up we headed back out to fish creek were Kathy dropped me off for the day. While I looked for bears she explored Hyder and Stewart. I was caught flat footed and not paying attention as a wolf snuck into view and snatched a fish. I had heard stories of this happening here but until today it had not happened while I was present. I was sitting down day dreaming and missed the opportunity. I diligently waited for another opportunity all day but was not rewarded. At 5:00PM the mother brown bear and her cb made an appearance...

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Aug 13, 2011 - Hyder

We woke to 31.5 degrees this morning. We traveled 200 mile south to Stewart, BC where we set up camp for the next several days. Our timing was good as we arrived for the Stewart Bear Days Festival. We checked out the art booths and Kathy entered a silent auction winning the bid on a postal commemorative print of an Alaska stamp. We crossed the US border into Hyder and headed out to Fish Creek Bear Viewing Area, where we watched a mother brown bear and her two year old cub feed on salmon. We also saw a black bear come down to fish creek...

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Aug 5, 2011 - Bear watching in Hyder, AK

We had to make three visits to catch the bears in the river catching Salmon while they are spawning. Finally at 8:45pm there was this black bear came down to the river and we were able to catch him on video wading thru the water and catching a fish, then he disappeared into the brush to eat.

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Aug 3, 2011 - Hyder, AK.

We are so glad we decided to check out Hyder, Alaska. It is actually a ghost town. The main attractions is Salmon Glacier and the Bear Viewing. We spoke to many travelers who said we shouldn't miss the 'Hyder' experience. You have to drive through Stewart, BC to get to Hyder. They are actually like two subdivisions side by side. You do not go through customs on the US side. When you return to Stewart you have to go through Canadian Customs. We had no problems, they were actually more thorough than other border crossings. We were always...

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Jul 31, 2011 - River at flood warning

Sunday: Finally, no rain today and some sun. I did several loads of laundry, and then this afternoon we drove up to the bear platform area. Again did not see any bears; they were there just before we arrived; we did see about 25 salmon swimming up the river. These were Chum Salmon, about 36-42” and about 20-25 lbs. Both the black and the brown bears feed on the salmon at Fish Creek. There are two streams running near each other, Fish Creek and Salmon River. Both can be seen from the viewing platforms. However, the salmon need the clear...

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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

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 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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