Hyder

Starting a new adventure!

This time up is an epic Arctic adventure. We’ve put a tent on up of our Jeep, and the goal is to take the new road up to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT and camp on the shore of the Arctic ocean…. Maybe even take a quick swim :).

This post is going to be a quick description of our route. We will be using an inReach to track our location – you can follow along at https://tinyurl.com/ybtpeqmk. I’ve preloaded our route on spotwalla (the link) and you can go there to drill into the route in detail. I’ve included some screenshots so you don’t have to jump back and forth.

Section 1: Reservations

This first section I am calling Reservations because it is happening during the first week of July and we made lots of reservations due to Canada Day and 4th of July… We figure it might be tough to get campsites or hotel rooms.

We’ll start off at our house and take the two Columbia River ferries to a campground in Eastern Washington. From there we’ll head over to Flathead Lake to hang out with relatives for the 4th. Then it will be north to Banff and Jasper.

Section 2: Head North!

At this point all of our reservations will be done… So, we’ll see how long we stick to our plan. From Jasper, we’ll head up to Dawson Creek (milepost 0 of the Alaska highway) and jump on the Alaska highway. We’ll follow until Watson Lake and turn onto the Campbell highway. At the end of the Campbell highway, we’ll head north on the Klondike loop toward the Dempster where we’ll head to Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk and the Arctic ocean (maybe the swimming should be skinny dipping).

Section 3: Time to go see the bears.

Once we’ve camped on the Arctic ocean, we’ll head back down the Dempster to Dawson City. From there, jump on the ferry across the Yukon River and on the Top of the World Highway to Alaska. Eventually that will intersect with the Alaska highway where we’ll head back to Watson Lake. At Watson Lake it will be time to head south on the Cassier highway down to Stewart/Hyder where we hope to see a couple of cool glaciers and watch the bears.

Section 4: Heading Home

We will do some fairly long days heading home from Stewart. We’ll drive through Prince George and then South through the Frasier River valley and on to home.

Full Route

I really only expect this plan to stay in tact through our reservations, after that we’ll play it by ear. The Dempster can get pretty nasty when it gets wet, so we may have to wait for a break in the weather, which will add time to our trip our make up shorten up the end of the drive.

Hopefully I’ll be writing from a campsite tomorrow!

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Alaska Ride – May 30th – Day #5

Got off to a decent start this morning. On the road by 8:30a. Didn’t last long though, we both realized that we forgot to put earplugs in. so we pulled over in a small town (can’t remember the name) to take care of it. At the same time, my dad’s GPS crashed. So he spent this time trying to get it working.

The big thing on the Agenda today – The Cassiar Highway. We were both looking forward to this as it is supposed to be very scenic. We stopped to get a picture at the famous sign that marks the beginning of the highway (Hey, we are going to all of those places today!).IMG_0241

I have to admit, the first section of the highway was kind of disappointing. There wasn’t really anything that made it stand out from all of the other roads we have been on up to this point. That all changes as you approach Meziadin Junction and particularly as you go down the spur to Stewart and Hyder.

We pulled into the campground near Meziadin Junction for a break. We scouted it out and decided that we wouldn’t want to stay there. It was very nice, and right on the lake, but seemed to be geared more toward RVs. The sites really didn’t have any privacy, kind of like an RV park.

So we continued on to 37A toward Stewart and Hyder. This road is by far the best on the trip so far with big, snow-capped mountains on both sides of the road. This continues all the way down to Stewart and Hyder. IMG_0242

One of the highlights on the road is Bear Glacier. We stopped for a bit to get some pictures.

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This picture is not quite as good, it is lacking a fine KTM 1190R…

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We stopped for gas and lunch in Stewart and then proceeded to Hyder to check into a campground. Well, it turns out that the campground in Hyder is closed to tent camping because of all the bears. So, it was back to Stewart for us.

We are staying at the Bear River RV Park. We’ve actually got a spot that is secluded from the rest of the campground. The lady who checked us in said they haven’t seen any bears in the park yet this year….EEK! The campground has nice facilities and a little store with snacks and souvenirs. The best part – they have SHOWERS! Four minutes of awesome warm wetness for just $1. We took advantage of the free WiFi while we did our laundry.

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While we were hanging out on the Patio surfing the net, Kevin the scooter guy showed up (he said I could use his picture)

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Apparently ~40 scooters are showing up this weekend and they are going on a 10-day cannonball run to New Orleans. Pretty Cool!

We haven’t figured out our plan for tomorrow. It sounds like the road to Salmon Glacier is still covered in snow, which is a bummer. We may stay and relax an extra day here (and go verify ourselves that there is snow on the road), or we may continue our way north.