Helicopter going down the Thompson River Canyon.
The great fakeout. Valemount was beautiful... for 5 minutes. Then all hell broke loose as the gods pissed on us for hours and hours
A quick stop in Williams Lake visitor center.
I guess this is a typical weekend outing for the people in this part of the country.
With gas prices hovering around $6 per gallon, the SUV has been downsized, but not their fun.
My camp at Tyhee Provincial Park... in between rain squalls.
This is Morice Town and the Selwyn River
Looks like the first nations aren't too happy with Enbridge either. Working together we can stop them. Read more here in the article "Oil in Eden". What's at stake is more than a pipeline. What kind of world do you want to live in?
Junction 37... Start of the Cassiar Hwy.
The first rest stop didn't look to promising. Something about outhouses flooding into the river doesn't seem right.
In Bell II, where I got gas, I saw this cute couple from Austrailia traveling North America on BMW 1150 motorbikes. They were a hoot to talk to. The rain didn't seem to phase them. They reperated the old saying that there is "no bad weather... only bad clothing". I disagree. Had they rode through what I drove through they would change their tune I'm sure.
These steel gate bridges are common along the Cassiar. Many still have wood decks and are usually single lane.
Every now and then I caught a glimpse of some beauty in between the rain.
This picture was interesting. I was rounding a curve and this black bear was sitting in the road. I wanted to stop, but I had a "megaton" logging truck on my heels and stopping was out of the question. With the steering wheel in one hand and the camera in the other, I was able to take a sequence of pictures of this guy scrambling.
Just outside of Iskut is where some fantastic wilderness areas exist. I keep telling myself that someday I'll explore this area more. Mt Edziza park is here, A hidden jewel. Someday
As I approached Kinaskan Provincial Park I see this cute little creature.
As I drove toward him, he decided to play chicken with me and bolted, not into the woods as one would expect, but rather... right in front of my truck.
I assume that since I was at the park entrance, he wanted to race me to the garbage bins and get first pickens. Fine with me :-)
Next stop...the Stikine River.
Under normal conditions, this river is tricky at best. With the flooding, giant logs (old growth forest) were washing down the river and making rather large waves on the shore. Soon after this picture, I had to move rather quickly as a giant snag was coming for me through the high bank brush. CRASH!!!
Mt Edziza park can be seen here. It was at this point I noticed the sagging of the kayaks in the rear of the roof rack.
A close call. The rear rack had slid down the main rack on the canopy and was only held in place by the strap that I had tied around the Yakima rack and the canopy rack.
I cannot stress enough the importance of practising multiple tie down points. The redundnancy saved the boats, the trip and the vacation. One can clearly see the strap holding the enitre system on here. My kayak sitting on the canopy bar. Luckly, no damage. WHEW!!
Later that day on the Cassiar
Lorenzo (left) and Julian (Right) travel about 50-60 miles a day. Since they were slow (relatively speaking) and in a remote wilderness, they missed all the torrent rainfall. Folks like these are true adventureres. How they do it, from both a financial and physical perspective is beyond me.
My final camp on the Cassiar hwy was at Boya Lake.
Boya lake is a special place. Always beautiful, peaceful and inviting.
Out side of Teslin, on the way to WhiteHorse, a couple of bears decided to play chicken with the roaring semi trucks. I hit the flashers and pulled over to the side and escorted these bears to safe passage. I'm not sure if they are siblings or a mother and a cub.
I wish them long and happy lives doing what bears do. Please be careful.
Stay tuned for more as the advneture unflods. Read follow along as we begin our Yukon River odyssey in this post: RubiKon Quest 2012: 10 Minutes From Nowhere - Day 1 on the River
Until Next time...