September 13, 2015 Stewart, B.C.

Just One of Those Days!
Just One of Those Days!

Just a Spectacular Day !

This part of the world certainly has it’s fair share of gloomy, damp weather, and my trip through the region has experienced more dark days than sunny ones, to be sure.

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Meziadin Provincial Park Campsite
Meziadin Provincial Park Campsite

But as I left my campsite at Meziadin Provincial park this morning …

On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart

… on the 35 mile trip down Route 37A to the small coastal towns of Stewart and Hyder, it became quickly apparent that today was going to be one of those blue sky days that leaves an indelible mark on your memory.

On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart

Route 37A weaves it’s way down through the coastal mountains along a glacier fed stream that parallels the highway and those jagged mountains rise rapidly above the stream and loom over the road.

On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart

The autumn colors, the golds of the aspens and birches and the reds and oranges of the shrubs and ground cover, certainly add to the spectacular scenery.

On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart

Hidden above the steep mountains that tower over the valley are extensive glaciers that every now and then reveal themselves as their toes dip down to the valley they carved out below.

On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart

Glacier fed waterfalls from the ice fields far above tumble to the river below as you approach the small town of Stewart, British Columbia.

Along the Road to Stewart
Along the Road to Stewart

The image above reveals only above one quarter of the height of this waterfall …

On the Road to Stewart
On the Road to Stewart

… somewhere way up there lies an enormous ice field, an example of which I shall find later in the day.

Salmon Glacier

Initially, way back before the disasters on the Top of the World Highway, I had planned to be here in Hyder the last week of August for the final chum salmon run on Fish Creek to get a chance at some grizzlies enjoying that last run of the season.

Muddy Toe of Salmon Glacier
Muddy Toe of Salmon Glacier

Even though I most likely had now missed that salmon run, I still wanted to come down here to once again experience the climb up the Salmon Glacier Road, a drive I did 22 years ago in my old Class C motorhome.

Camping Above Salmon Glacier, 1993
Camping Above Salmon Glacier, 1993
Half Way Up the Salmon Glacier Road
Half Way Up the Salmon Glacier Road
Salmon Glacier
Salmon Glacier
Salmon Glacier
Salmon Glacier

The view at the top was every bit as wonderful as I remembered, perhaps even more so on this gorgeous day.

Above Salmon Glacier
Above Salmon Glacier

And when you turned around, the autumn colors of the upper slopes of the mountain just added to the wonder of this very special place.

Above Salmon Glacier
Above Salmon Glacier
Above Salmon Glacier
Above Salmon Glacier

WHAT A DAY ! Kind of makes up for missing the bears and the salmon run, but I think I will check out Fish Creek anyhow tomorrow, just in case there happen to be some stragglers still around.

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September 12, 2015 Dawson City to Hyder, Alaska

Teslin River Bridge
Teslin River Bridge

Friday, September 11

Left the Bonanza Campground ( FINALLY ! ) and drove over to the repair shop at 7:30 to get all my tires air pressure checked and the Prius’ tire warning light reset. Filled all the tires, loaded up the Prius on the tow dolly, and was on the road by 9 AM.  I stopped about 20 miles down the road and tightened the dolly wheel lugs ( in addition to everything else, I put new tires on the tow dolly while in Dawson City ). Rain early, slowly clearing as I drove south on Route 2 and was sunny and pleasant by the time I reached Whitehorse.

Went to the Whitehorse Walmart and filled with gas. This is an old fashioned Walmart that had limited food selection but I still managed to spend $150 stocking up. Couldn’t find any propane nearby and bought deli chicken for supper at a local grocery store ( Prices are still crazy high even here ). Got myself a clear cool night’s sleep at a rest area about an hour or two east of Whitehorse along the Alaska Highway.

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Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage

Saturday, September 12, The Cassier Highway

Got started around 7:30 AM after doing some image processing on the computer while awaiting some light before hitting the road. Uneventful drive down the Alaska Highway to the intersection with Route 37, the Cassiar Highway. Filled up at the intersection and again at Iskut on the Cassier Highway..

Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage

Beautiful scenery along most of this road, enhanced today by in and out weather.

Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage
Cassier Highway Foliage

The Cassier Highway ranged from narrow and potholed to wide and smooth, back and forth over the entire length to the intersection with the road to Hyder/Stewart.

Stopped just before dark and camped for the night at a rest area about 100 miles from Hyder/Stewart Road intersection.

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September 10, 2015 Dawson City, Yukon

Moose on the Move
Moose on the Move

Wednesday, September 9

Now it’s a day after my TPMS was scheduled to be delivered and still no package and the folks in the office are giving me scary stories about 3 and 4 weeks to get stuff shipped up here. UPS’s package shipping tracking says my package is still on schedule for delivery yesterday ! Guess that tells me what their tracking system is worth.

And under the category of piling it on, today I received a fraud email from Chase and it appears my credit card # has been stolen and is being used online, so they have put a freeze on my primary credit card, the one I use to pay for campgrounds and gasoline. I do carry a second card, used only in emergencies, and I guess this now qualifies as such, if I want to get back to the US.

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Dempster Highway Foliage
Dempster Highway Foliage

To get my mind off all this other unpleasant stuff, I decided to take a short road trip and check out the first few miles of the Dempster Highway. I only ventured in about 35 miles but was pleasantly surprised by how good the gravel road was, quite wide and not all that rough, of course I have no idea what it is like farther in. The aspens and birches were glowing along this first stretch of the highway.

Dempster Highway Moose
Dempster Highway Moose

The only wildlife I found were this cow moose, a few ptarmigan, and one pine marten that dashed across the road in front of me.

A Close Encounter of the Scary Kind

Grizzly
Surprise!

Just a few miles down Route 2 from the intersection with the Dempster Highway there is a roadside pulloff with a few informational signs about the area and I stopped there to stretch my legs and read those signs. I hopped back into the Prius, closed the door and glanced over my left shoulder at a rather large grizzly no more than 20 feet from the car!

The bear was silently grazing at the top of a short embankment on the edge of the pull off. While I was reading the signs, it must have been just out of sight down the short embankment. How an animal this big can be so quiet is downright scary. I never saw nor heard anything until I was safely in the car, but this guy was no more than 20 feet from me … and I was completely unaware of it’s presence!

Thursday, September 10

I have decided to give up on my TPMS ever actually arriving here in Dawson City and called UPS Canada and had them send it back to shipper. Later that afternoon I got a message from the campground office to call UPS Canada.  UPS Canada wanted me to give them a new street address for delivery, then after paying them an additional $56, they could get the package out to the Canadian Postal System for delivery, with no guaranteed delivery date. She also informed me that the reason the package had sat in limbo for almost two weeks was because they needed this street address because the package couldn’t be delivered to a PO Box. This after just telling me that the Canadian Postal Service was the entity that would be doing the final delivery of the package .. and I am to belive that the Canadian Postal Service doesn’t deliver to PO Boxes! The folks in the campground office assured ne that all their package deliveries come to their PO Box.

I informed the UPS Canada person that earlier that day I had told UPS that I could wait no longer and to return the package to the shipper and I had been assured that that would be done. She told me that while there had been a “request” to return the package to the shipper, there was no order to actually do so. She then claimed she would now do a  return order. So I called my credit card company and got the purchase of my TPMS reversed. I guess I am finally ready to depart Dawson City, unfortunately not with a new TPMS installed, but irregardless, it will be nice to finally get back on the road.

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September 8, 2015 Dawson City, Yukon

Dawson City From the Dome
Dawson City From the Dome

Killing Time in Dawson City

With the repairs done on the Prius, life has become a little more bearable here in Dawson City, at least now I can get out and explore a little and thus relieve the extreme boredom of the past two weeks. The weather has been quite nice during my stay here with only a little rain and several glorious autumn days, but I am starting to feel the cold weather closing in, with heavy frost on the car each morning and temps dropping below freezing almost every night now.

I am still waiting for my Pressure Pro Tire Monitoring System to arrive. Even though I have towed my motorcycle trailer or the Prius behind this motorhome for almost 70,000 miles now without a TPMS, because of this incident, I now am leery of moving until I get this system installed. Today was the day the system was scheduled for delivery but it did not show up. The folks in the RV Park office have scared me with tales of how it takes 3 – 5 weeks sometimes to get packages delivered up here, and I simply can’t wait that amount of time.

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Dawson City From the Dome
Dawson City From the Dome

I made another trip up to the dome late this morning and finally got the shot of the town, without the usual morning fog hiding it.

Yukon River From the Dome
Yukon River From the Dome

The autumn colors are starting to fade, but the islands in the river still have their aspen fringes showing.

View From the Fire Tower
View From the Fire Tower

On my way back down from the dome I took a dirt road that looked like it might lead to even higher ground than the dome. It eventually came out at an old fire tower, at a considerably higher elevation than the dome. In the image above, you can just see the road to the dome on the far right. A spectacular panoramic view from this location.

Yukon Foliage
Yukon Foliage

I took an afternoon trip out the Upper Bonanza Road to check out Dredge #4, a restored gold mining dredge that was the largest dredge deployed here in the Yukon. A very impressive piece of machinery indeed. But I was more interested in the colorful aspen and birch displays along this road.

Yukon Foliage
Yukon Foliage
Yukon Foliage
Yukon Foliage

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Fall foliage here in the far north  certainly can’t compare to autumn in New England as far as the range of colors go, but on a gorgeous blue sky day like today, the aspens and birches still put on a pretty decent show.

Sure am hoping my package comes in tomorrow and I can escape Dawson City. I am becoming desperate to start moving a little farther to the south to be sure I avoid all chances of snow at the higher elevations on the way home. As I drive by all the tailings ponds in the morning, it is a little ominous seeing them starting to ice over.

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