Days 4-5 (July 2- 3, 2013)
The day after in Houston was marvelous… Until the heat and humidity arrived… AGAIN!!
We had a nice breakfast in Smithers with a couple on a Can-Am trike whom wet met a couple of days before.
|Parking for Lunch|
|Looking Good Dude|
We went to New Hazleton and Moricetown to see if the natives were dip netting for Salmon yet. We arrived at Hwy 37, the Cassiar hwy. We took a few pictures and met a few more riders heading north. We also met a nice RCMP who highly recommended a good Mexican Restaurant in Terrace. He gave us directions. Since we were heading that way, it sounded good.
|Info Center at New Hazleton|
|Buckley River Canyon|
|Arriving at Jct 37... The start of the Cassiar|
We arrive in Terrace a little bit early for dinner. So we gassed up the bikes and took off for the Nisga’a Lava beds. The park is about 60 miles north of Terrace and one heck of a beautiful ride through some glacier peaked mountains and inland fjords. Absolutely wonderful.
|On our way to Nisga'a Lava Bed Park|
Stopped to admire many lakes, and waterfalls along the way. We ended up staying in the Nisga’a park campground.
|A lava dammed lake|
The Tseax Cone situated in a valley above and east of the Tseax River was the source for an eruption during the 18th century that killed approximately 2,000 Nisga’a people from poisonous volcanic gases.
The real spelling/pronunciation is Anhuluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’Asanskwhl Nisga’a (a.k.a. Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park).It is an amazing place to visit which features lava damned ponds and lakes, tree molds, cinder cones, lava tubes and abundant wildlife.
|Lichen Growing on the Lava Rock|
|looking West from Camp|
|Some views of the Lava Beds|
|Views from Camp|
|Nisga'a Visitor's Center|
|Yukon Johann and another tree mould|
|Cool Suspension Bridge at Canyon City|
After lunch, we rode to New Aiyansh (traditionally known as “Gitlakdamix”). It is the capital of the Nisga’a nation.
After a good burger, we headed for Stewart and Hyder, Alaska. We took the Nisga’a Hwy over to the Cassiar hwy. It was about 34 miles of dirt road that was pretty dusty, but fun.
|One of several bears we see that day|
Just before we arrived at Meziadin Lake we saw our second , third and fourth bears of the trip. All black bears and cute as heck.
We had to stop and get our complementary pictures at the Bear Glacier on the way to Stewart. Along the way we encountered a black bear along the road that was caught between the river and a rocky cliff. The bear had no escape except to waddle down the road for a bit until it could egress the hwy safely. We had a great time herding this bear and even have GoPro video of the event.
|Looking good at the Bear Glacier|
|Johann approves this place|
|GrizzLee Seconds the motion|
|Hey, hey, hey|
|What a nice road to Stewart|
|Bye for now... Until Next time|
We arrived in Stewart with a threat of rain and checked into the King Edward Hotel for the night with hopes of heading up to the Salmon Glacier the next day.