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Stewart / Hyder
August 18-22, 2003


On the Way (Canada)

Alaska at Last!

Tok to Valdez

  Mineral Creek
  Lu-Lu Belle Cruise

Russian River

  Misc. Pics

Whittier Road

Portage Glacier

Backyard Bear!

  Kenai Cruise

  Flightsee Denali

Denali Nat'l Park

Kluane Lake

Cassiar Hwy. Bear
  Highway Scenes

  Waterfall Road

Jasper Nat'l Park
  Maligne Lake

Icefields Parkway
  Athabasca Falls
  Athabasca Glacier
  Overnight at Glacier
  Lake Louis Road
  Lake Louise

Banff, Alberta

Johnston Canyon

Misc. Pics

Fireweed Pics

Skagway (side trip)
  White Pass RR
  Return Trip

Alaska Journaling

My Article About
This Alaska Trip

Hyder ("The friendliest little ghost town in Alaska")

The town bills itself quite correctly - it is a quite unique little town, but the potholed filled streets are deadlier than the ghosts.

Although Hyder's Fish Creek bear viewing platform was the reason for coming here, we stayed in the nearby neighboring town of Stewart, BC. Full hookups at a lower cost than the Hyder campground made that determination, but it was hard to pass up a stay at "Camp Run-A-Muck." We visited Chuck & Kalyn there, though, on our way back from Fish Creek. It is funny to see the contrast between the neat, paved streets of Stewart, and then run out of reasonable road as you enter the funky little town of Hyder, Alaska, less than 10 miles and one border crossing apart.

The mountains here are of a completely different "flavor" than the ones I've seen in other places. Somehow these seem taller or more immediately pressing, I guess because they're closer to the road or something. In any case, we are truly enjoying them, even though the clouds have been more plentiful than I prefer. I've enjoyed seeing the soft, low hanging wisps rimming the peaks, allowing just teasing glimpses of the glaciers and waterfalls more abundant than I've seen anywhere else.

It's only a 4 mile drive to Fish Creek, but the back-to-back potholes make driving the road feel like a demolition derby.

At the time we were there no bears were in view and the only thing in abundance was the fishy smell of the dead and dying salmon completing their spawning duty.

It was a very pretty place, though, and I'm glad we made the trip, anyway.
Waterfalls on the road from: Stewart/Hyder 
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