Day 124 - Stewart, BC & Hyder, Alaska

Trip Start May 01, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Bear River RV Park

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Saturday, August 31, 2013

Today's drive is 182 miles and our last stop for more than just over night.  It is so sad, and it seems to have come so fast in one way, and when we think of all that we have done, it seems like we couldn't have possibly done all that we did in just 60 days.  Truly I wish we could stay up in Alaska for just a bit longer, but you can already feel a nip in the air and snow probably isn't all that far behind.

So we head to Stewart/Hyder - 2 small town  (one in BC the other in Alaska) that were once booming due to all the mining in the area, but now are relying on tourist trade and a few months of the Wen Mine hiring several men to work the few mines that are still in operation.   Stewart is the larger of the towns.  Hyder likes to call themselves "the friendliest ghost town" and it's true.  Not much there.  

As we are driving towards these two towns, we see three Black Bears along side of the road, and one is crossing back and forth between the two sides of the street and can't quite decide where to be.  Gary and Sue are getting a fantastic view of this one bear.  We are the next coach so I see him when he crosses to the edges.  He's pretty good sized.

We learn that this area was the first to have the telegraph (built from1899-1901) which linked Dawson City with Vancouver until radio came in the 1930's.  The route they chose was the same one that the Trappers used back in the day and if you were to go wilderness camping, you would still find some of the small structures still standing today.  

We see this massive project to install very substantial and tall poles for electricity along the roadways.  It has been going on for 2 years and will continue for several more, I'm sure.  I can't imagine the price tag for this one, but it will be in the 10's of Millions for sure if not more.  They have to be built to withstand avalanches and these look like they fit the bill.

There are 20 active Avalanche Chutes in the area and they have a howitzer up on the mountain to shoot them down when they feel they are in danger of breaking loose. 

The record snowfall in Stewart/Hyder was 92 INCHES - in 1972 - it has not been broken since and I'm sure the folks there are glad of that.  Stewart is surrounded by mountains and has the waterway there, so they get pounded.  But, remember - their snow is powder!  Ya, Right!!!

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Pamela on

Wonderful countryside. You are going to miss your 'posse'. I bet you have all bonded in this short but fully packed trip :)

jerrygolfboyer on

I am sure you are still enjoying the scenery --- I know I am. You may be sad to be heading South. But just think about ME! I have been sad, missing you for all this time!

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