Stewart, B.C. and Hyder, Ak, are the extent of the Nisga’a people’s territory. They hid out here to escape other natives such as the Haida and Tlingit natives.
Both Stewart and Hyder were developed as booming mining towns due to gold and silver deposits found here. Hyder is interesting in that it is the eastern most town in Alaska. Being in a temperate coastal rain forest, it rains a great deal in this area. Would it rain on us, the weather forecast is iffy at best. However, we came a long way and we wanted to see the Salmon Glacier. The salmon glacier is one of hundreds that are found on the boundary mountains between British Columbia and Alaska. It is a scenic splendor, but only if the weather is willing to cooperate.
We packed up our gear and were able to leave much of it behind at the King Edward Hotel in a temporary storage room. Off we went.
|Johann looking good|
|The literally "tip" of the ice berg.. land locked of course|
|The only bear we would see up there.|
|Getting closer to the summit.|
|GrizzLee's turn to make a pose|
|Looking at a lake beginning to form at the base of the glacier|
|The road carved into the mountainside|
|Closer view of the newly forming glacial lake|
|The ice is moving... slowly, one can here is creaking and cracking|
|Pondering the views|
|Another smaller glacier flows down the mountain like a river|
|An old train/mine tunnel?!?!|
|End of the road, we have to turn around|
|The terminus of the glacier once resided here. |
It has since retreat farther up the mountain
|The Salmon glacier cascades down into the valley like a waterfall|
|We leave Stewart and Hyder, stopping to have a |
final look at the Bear Glacier before moving on
|We are engulfed by high mountain walls.|
|The mountains are capped with glaciers|
|The views are scrumptious and awesome|
|Through this narrow pass lies Stewart and Hyder|
|Gretchen looking good|
|"Dak" looking good as well|
|We say goodbye and return to the Cassiar hwy|
|As we leave, we see two more bears|
|They look back at us to bid us goodbye and good riddance|
Thanks for riding with us.
Until next time...