Where the hell are we?

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Welcome to Hyder Alaska
It was another driving day, but we do love these. It was filled with rounds of 20 questions, a deceivingly hard game, and painful rounds of F, kill or marry, too often including high school teachers and friends siblings. But they weren't always bad.

"Ok... F, kill or marry: Dawson's Creek. Daw-"
"Marry Pacey. I don't care who else is there."
"I'd F Jack"
"He's gay"
"Doesn't matter"

Although we've been friends for many years, it also revealed some surprisingy information on movie tastes. "You DON'T like Jumanji???" You learn something horrible everyday.

Today we continued our journey down the Stewart-Cassiar to Stewart, BC then to Hyder, Alaska. Before we went into Hyder, we stopped in Stewart and grabbed a delicious burger from the King Edward Hotel and Restaurant.
Salmon Glacier!
It composed of ham, pattie, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, mushrooms, relish, bacon, mayo, ketchup and amazing fries. Yeah, that's right.

Hyder, though part of Alaska, is only accessible by land through BC. It remains on Pacific time (not Alaskan time, which is one hour behind), except for the Post Office, which, as a government building, runs on Alaskan time. Both American and Canadian currency is accepted, and it is known as the friendliest ghost town around. I would hate to be the border officer stationed at this border crossing! As you drive into Hyder, you don't stop at the border, you just go right on in, and only stop on your way out. As soon as we entered the lonely town, "Where the hell are we?" It was like time had frozen and we were back in the days when old men would sit in chairs outside the general store, and tumbleweed would actually blow across the road.
Janelle reading beside Salmon Glacier


We set up our tent at the Sealaska campground and set off for Salmon Glacier, a gem we would mention many times on the rest of our trip. The road to Salmon Glacier is a little bumpy, but well worth the trek. There are several places to stop along the way and many chances to view wildlife. As you get closer to the glacier, you'll know. You start driving along the road and it parallels the glacier for a few hundred metres. There is a viewing area with a picnic table and rocks that you can sit on and soak in the awe of the size of the glacier. We practically had the whole thing to ourselves, so we brought out our books and read beside the glacier for a little while and had a little picnic dinner.

You can stop at fish creek on the way back. If it's the right season, you can see bears catching salmon by the side of the river. Unfortunately we arrived just before the salmon would run but you can still try and spot the beaver that lives in the dam on the creek, as well as bald eagles.

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Welcome to Hyder Alaska
Welcome to Hyder Alaska
Salmon Glacier!
Salmon Glacier!
Janelle reading beside Salmon Glac…
Janelle reading beside Salmon Gla…
The road to Salmon Glacier
The road to Salmon Glacier
A marmot on the road on the way to…
A marmot on the road on the way t…
Salmon Glacier
Salmon Glacier
Salmon Glacier
Salmon Glacier
An eagle near Fish Creek
An eagle near Fish Creek
Hyder
photo by: marg_eric