Alaska - One Last Time

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August 18th 2009
Published: August 3rd 2010
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Teslin TotemsTeslin TotemsTeslin Totems

Totems greet visitors to Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre in the Yukon
After leaving Skagway, we weaved back through parts of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory to get to the Cassiar Highway. The Cassiar is a shorter route back to the Lower 48 than the Alaska Highway; and we wanted to visit parts of southern British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California before headed to points southeast.

We did make one more day trip back into Alaska at Hyder, where we expected to watch bears fishing for salmon from a famous viewing platform run by the National Park Service. We parked the coaches at a lovely lakeside Provincial Park at Meziadin Junction, BC and took the car across the border at Stewart, BC, into Hyder, AK, where there was NO U.S. Customs station. (There WAS a Canadian one coming back out.) So, don’t forget your passports!

Well, our visit was a disappointment, mainly because the bears were taking a siesta and it was chilly and rainy. Oh well, you can’t win them all.

We stayed a couple of nights at the campground where we spied some intrepid Canadians swimming in the COLD water. I guess to them it wasn’t that cold.

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Cassier HighwayCassier Highway
Cassier Highway

A small part of this highway was pretty torn up with construction
Cassier HighwayCassier Highway
Cassier Highway

Narrow, no shoulders, no lines, and horses!
Cassier HighwayCassier Highway
Cassier Highway

Construction in progress
Bear ViewingBear Viewing
Bear Viewing

This is a shot of the viewing platforms--plenty of people, plenty of salmon, not one stinkin' bear
Hyder AKHyder AK
Hyder AK

Lovely colors on a cloudy day
Hyder AKHyder AK
Hyder AK

Pretty, but no bears today
Another Bus CafeAnother Bus Cafe
Another Bus Cafe

We've seen more bus cafes in Alaska and Canada then we've ever seen in our lives
General StoreGeneral Store
General Store

The prettiest building in town
Canadian MountieCanadian Mountie
Canadian Mountie

Standing guard outside a shop in Stewart, BC
Toaster MuseumToaster Museum
Toaster Museum

No, really.......
Another GlacierAnother Glacier
Another Glacier

At this point, they're rather ho-hum
BC CampgroundBC Campground
BC Campground

Beautiful site at a provincial park with, get this, wi-fi!

When they are this color, they are about to die
Heading SouthHeading South
Heading South

A long drive through beautiful British Columbia
Leaving BCLeaving BC
Leaving BC

The end of our Alaska sojourn.....what a wonderful experience

3rd August 2010

good to hear from you
This is the first blog I have seen in a while from you both so thought you might have given up the highways and found a place to settle down. But I am sure glad to have the benefit of your lovely views and diary of activities. one day I hope that will be doing the same and seeing this beautiful continent we live on. All is well in FL - mom now living here full time - sold her home in VA - work still keeps me busy and Bryan is enjoying his new past time / sport - FISHING. Keep the BLOGs coming and please give us a call when you get back to the real southeast.....HOT FLORIDA.
4th August 2010

Lucky you are
It is so enjoyable to be part of your journey. Wow. Keep me in the loop. Missed you at the D'Angelo reunion. Cheers, RoseAnn

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