Where the hell are we?
Hyder Travel Blog› entry 20 of 55 › view all entries
July 6th, 2008 – by: silan
"Ok... F, kill or marry: Dawson's Creek. Daw-"
"Marry Pacey. I don't care who else is there."
"I'd F Jack"
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.
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.
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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