We boondocked along the Cassiar Highway. This highway is not an especially busy road during the day but at night it falls almost silent as few seem to travel this highway at night. We stayed on a large gravel turn out and the only sound was of a river rushing by. We could not actually see the river as there was so much undergrowth between us and the river but we could hear it well. It gets dark at night now so maybe we are south enough for the sun to actually set. The temp this morning when we woke was 53 degrees F. Yesterday, during the day , the temp. got up to the high 70′s.
Filled our gas tank along the Alaskan Highway for $5.51/gal. reg. and then topped it off again for $5.51/gal. reg. when we turned down the Cassiar Highway. We needn’t have worried about getting gas along the Cassiar Highway as there are plenty of opportunities even though we were traveling on a Sunday. At least during the daytime there were stations open along the way. Think that at night, this would be more problematic as I doubt they keep all the gas stations open all night.
Left the Alaska Highway and the Yukon behind and turned down the Cassier Highway which immediately brings you into beautiful British Columbia. The Cassiar Highway is a somewhat narrow, paved, two lane highway with lovely views of a less developed part of British Columbia. For the first few miles of the Cassiar, coming from the Alaska Highway, there are hugh swaths of burned areas. Growing along the ground under these burned trees is lots of pink blooming fireweed. It provides beautiful color for as far as the eye can see but it’s also is a food source for bear, deer, etc. Occasional small towns are dotted along the roadway and, of course, there is the ubiquitous road repair. We found plenty of of areas of the road that are not in the process of being repaired but are certainly in need of attention. There are big trucks using this road as well as a fair number of RVers, etc. Have seen two black bear on the side of the road and one was kind enough to sit down and pose for pictures. A car raced around us to speed on their way but when they realized what we were looking at, on went the car brakes and they got some pictures of the posing black bear also. Besides stopping for pictures of beautiful places, we stopped in a few of the small town and chatted with some of the locals.
At lunch, we pulled in alongside a lovely, small lake and watched a mama duck and her duckling paddle around. This mama duck only had one duckling which is rather unusual so something must have happened to the rest of her brood.
We are headed for Hyder, Alaska to hopefully see some grizzlies fishing (assuming the fish are running).