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Cassiar Highway Bear
August 17, 2003


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Cassiar Hwy. Bear
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Alaska Journaling

My Article About
This Alaska Trip

Following our night at Tatogga Lake in Iskut, BC with my newly adopted brother & sister (Chuck & Kalyn) as our neighbors, we only made it down the Cassiar 88 miles today. Part of the reason was our taking time to visit with a bear we met on the road! It took a series of three miracles to manifest this visit: Miracle No. 1 was my even sighting him at all - I just remember seeing a black movement out of the corner of my left eye, but knew immediately what it was. Miracle No. 2 was having a spot to pull off the highway so that I wasn't blocking traffic. Miracle No. 3 was his hanging around despite cars whizzing by and my being able to take several pictures of him.

Mom and I sat at the hall windows with binoculars and camera for at least 10 minutes before he finally crossed the road in back of my motorhome, gave us a good look and great picture, and sauntered off into the woods.
We were so excited after that, we didn't think it could get any better, but the next thing that came across us was a rainbow over the mountain! There was something extra special about its vibrant colors sweeping across the massive misty mountains and at that point we decided we were on sensory overload and pulled off into the next parking lot in Bell II and spent the night.
Since I drove up on the Alcan, I wanted to come back down a different way. The Cassiar is the only alternate road for leaving Alaska behind. Although I'd been told that it is a much rougher road than the Alcan, I was assured that the spectacular scenery makes the frequent dirt and washboard road conditions well worth it. I'd also been assured that bear are more frequently seen there, also, and of course that was enough said for me, and I was glad it proved true.
This is Inspiration following Chuck & Kalyn and gives an idea of the road conditions and views abounding down the Cassiar Highway.
A typical surprise around every bend...
...whatever the road conditions, the views more than make up for it!
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