Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Days 55 - 56 Stewart, B.C.
This morning was overcast with the temperature in the low 50's. The sun did peek through a couple of times during the day but by the time we arrived in Stewart it started to sprinkle. But, the scenery along the way was spectacular.
More of the scenery. Many of us stopped to eat lunch at the Bell II Resort. The food was good and reasonably priced. Many of the resorts along our travels have closed so it was delightful to find one that is fairly new and nicely appointed on the inside.
This is the Bear Glacier which is located about 30 miles from Stewart B.C. A close up of the cave at the bottom left of the glacier. You can see how much water is flowing from the glacier.
The sign for Stewart. I'll have pictures of Stewart in tomorrow's page. The big attraction in this area is the bear watching outside of Hyder, AK. This is a National Park. They have elevated boardwalks to keep the fresh meat (humans) away from the bears. It makes a much better viewing arrangement.
The number of salmon coming upstream is way down this year. They normally would have about 3,000 salmon by this time, but they have counted only about 150. This was one of two salmon we spotted.... and the only bear we saw had spotted it as well. He took a mighty leap into the water....
but he missed his mark and he doesn't look too happy about it. I guess he's fished this stream before because after the one try he gave up and headed for the woods.
Since it was raining and we were beginning to feel like the bear in the picture above, we decided to head back to the campground. We were surprised at the size and age of the city of Hyder, AK. I guess we were all expecting more of a better kept city, but many of the businesses have closed and left to decay.
This is the Stewart harbor. I'm guessing this is high tide, otherwise the people who occupy the houses on the left are situated on a very small island. The reflections in the picture on the right caught my eye.
Day 56 in Stewart, B.C. and Hyder, AK
This is downtown Stewart, B.C. It is a nice small town, paved streets, grocery stores, etc. This is downtown Hyder, AK. The streets are dirt and most of the businesses are closed.
Another picture of downtown Hyder. This is the post office in Hyder. The mail pickup on the outside mailbox is listed as Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:00 AM
I just got a kick out of this sign. It was on another general store. I think I lived in a town like this once. We decided to drive the 20 miles up to Salmon Glacier. It was a beautiful drive; when we could see something through the haze and clouds.
Here it is. This is one arm of the Salmon Glacier. It is the 5th largest glacier in Canada and is a remnant of the last ice age that peaked about 14,000 years ago.
Another picture of Salmon Glacier Dave and Sharon Wilson drove their 4 wheel drive vehicle down to the 2nd arm of the glacier and were able to drive down to it.
This is the view looking down at the end of the glacier feeding into Summit Lake. This should give you an idea of the size of the glacier when compared to their car.
They were able to drive to the base of the glacier. Dave is standing next to the face of it. A beautiful picture of another small glacier coming into Summit Lake.
On the way back to town I took this picture of Moose Pond. It was named after the Moose Lodge in town, so forget about seeing any moose (the animal).

We had our driver's meeting at 5:30 PM tonight so anyone who wanted to go view the bears feeding would have time to go. The best time to view them in the evening is after 6:00 PM.

You may note some of the people swatting away the gnats. Phil made the meeting as short as possible to limit the feeding activities of the gnats.

After the meeting, Loren Mulkins went back to the bear viewing and took this and the following bear pictures. Here this bear is checking for any fish in the river. It seems the last two days, more salmon have been arriving in this part of the river.

This grizzly had success!! Ahh, there's nothing like a fresh fish dinner to finish the day.

The day ended with gray skies but no rain.
Day 57 - Smithers, B.C.

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