Close to the wild
Hyder Travel Blog› entry 42 of 47 › view all entries
September 2nd, 2008 – by: manuel_s
Hyder is a tiny Alaskan town close to the Canadian border, right next to the tiny Canadian town of Stewart.
Next day I crossed the border and took the dirt road up to the Salmon Glacier. Just a few km out of town I passed by the the Salmon River. Driving along looking for a place to park to take a look at the salmons in there I spot a black bear up the road. A black bear?! WTF?!? I guess it shouldn't be a suprise that bears are atracted to a river full of salmon but still, bears walking on the road? I had to correct all my assumptions about what you can actually encounter on a road, my experience being limited to drunk cyclists in Amsterdam as the most dangerous 'wildlife'. It brought to mind the Dutch expression "Beren op de weg zien", literally: to see bears on the road, meaning to see problems ahead. I suppose when travellers could still encounter bears some centuries ago that would indeed be a problem. Exactly how uncomfortable you can feel I realised when I walked from the parking spot to the salmon river: I felt pretty darn naked walking in an area where out of the blue you could stand eye to eye with such a massive animal.
The Salmon Glacier was pretty impressive, it seemed huge compared to the ones I'd seen in New Zealand, an astonishing mass of ice coming down the mountain with its blue shade of white.
Massive was indeed the word of the day...
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