Meziadin Lake

We arrived at this beautiful lake on a Sunday afternoon fully expecting to get a campsite.  But we were greeted with a “campground full” sign.  It turns out that Monday was a state wide holiday in British Columbia. Oops.  But inspite of the sign we were able to get sites, although not the best ones.  We were able to move to lake front sites on Monday.  And Belleville’s delivered our kayak right to our campsite.  Such service!

Everyone told us they rarely have weather like this.  80 degrees and sunny.

 

Kayaking in this beautiful water with three glaciers in the background.  That’s hard to beat!

That’s our campground in the background.

John takes a dip.

And then we visited an Indian fish camp. It was very interesting.

He dipped his net into the river and caught salmon!

There is a fish ladder which enables the salmon to swim up river more easily in places like this. Most fish go up the ladder like they are suppose to. Some fish like to do it the hard way by trying to go up the falls. He didn’t make it. Seems like a metaphor for life.

All and all a fantastic few days in British Columbia!

Stewart, BC/Hyder, AK

For the last few weeks we’ve been going back and forth between Alaska and British Columbia.  We camped in Stewart, BC but drove in for the day to Hyder.  Hyder is our last stop in Alaska.  So sad that we are leaving this great state for good.

There is a wildlife viewing platform in Hyder.  There are otter in this pond.  But we didn’t see any.

This river is full of salmon spawning.  The bear come to catch salmon in the river as an important part of fattening themselves up for the winter.  We even stayed until almost 10 pm one night to see them but they never came.

Another beautiful view of the river.

Hyder is pretty run down.  These are typical structures in the town.

 

 

 

And then this.  A woman converted this old bus into her “restaurant”.  Her husband catches the fish and she cooks it.  Best halibut burger!

After hanging out hoping to see bear fishing in the river, we drove for about an hour on a gravel road to Salmon Glacier.  It’s the fifth largest glacier in North America.  We’ve seen lots of glaciers but it was well worth the drive.

 

The “toe”of the glacier.

Goodbye, Alaska.  We loved you!

Scenes from the Road

Headed down the Cassiar  Highway on our way to Stewart and Hyder.  Burned trees from a previous fire and smoke from current fires made for an eerie scene.

But then these old burnt trees still make for a beautiful reflection in this pond.

Our beautiful campsite on Boya Lake.

We finally could take our kayak out.  80 degrees and a mirror like lake was perfect.

 

 

Mike and Cindy

And back on the road.

Forest fire.  They just let them burn unless they are a threat to structures.

And another beautiful campsite on a different lake.

And signs of autumn in the leaves on August 2nd.

But spring like flowers.

Another gorgeous drive under our belts.

And Then Stuff Happens

Woke up one morning to this.  Thankfully, we were in a campground and not on a highway with nowhere to pull over.

Teamwork.

After putting on the spare we get ready to leave the campground.  And then this.  Turns out someone forgot to disconnect electrical from their tow vehicle and ended up draining tow vehicle battery overnight.  Rookie move.  Not saying who.

And then a few hours down the road, stopped at a gas station and one of the Belleville’s trailer tires is down to 20lbs.  It had what looked like the tips of a pair of scissors in it.

These guys are getting good at getting the spare out from under the trailer tongues. Again, so thankful they were able to change the tire in a gas station parking lot instead of on the side of the road.

So now between us we are driving with eight trailer tires and no spares!  And headed out on a road with very few services.  Not good.  So we find a campground to spend the night in and the guys have what they call a board meeting to decide what to do.

They drove in to a small town the next morning which was about 15 miles out of the way, praying that someone would have the tire we needed.  They were able to buy one new tire for us and fix Mike’s tire!  And then we were back on the road with two spare trailer tires between us. There are a lot worse things that can happen on the road up here but nonetheless, thankful for God’s provision.

What a Difference a Little Sunshine Makes

This was the same road we drove into Skagway minus the clouds.  It was a gorgeous drive.

We’ve had no cell service for four days so I’m a bit behind and the cell service we have now is a bit sketchy.  But stay tuned for the next post.  It will be titled “And then Stuff Happens”