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Stewart-Hyder Our trip from Whitehorse to Stewart presented us with more beautiful scenery. After cutting south on the Cassiar Highway, the spruce forests gave way to more lush vegetation with fields of flowers. This made a gorgeous foreground to the awesome, snow-capped Cassiar Mountains in the distance. We stopped at a pull out on Blue Lake and had the quiet place all to ourselves, except for a couple of loons and their young. It was a pleasure to hear their eerie call again. We took the cut off to Stewart, BC and lunched at Bear Glacier, which descends almost to the road. Stewart was celebrating Bear Fest so we participated in the fair, and saw one of three movies offered, each of which had been filmed in the area. Early the next morning, we headed a couple of miles across the border, to the last part of our Alaskan visit, the small town of Hyder. The highlight of the area is the bear viewing platform in the Tongas National Forest. Fish Creek loads up with spawning salmon at this time of year, and the bears come for an easy meal. Unfortunately, the bears had just left as we arrived, and after an hour we still had seen none. We went to breakfast in Hyder and halfway through, several people came in and said the bears had come just after we left, and then had gone again. Frustrated, we were going to wait another day, but Bill and Bobbie decided to check it out that afternoon. They were rewarded with a mother brown bear and her year old cub frolicking in the water. The next morning Tim and Diana returned to find the same pair, as well as the male, who walked by, right below the boardwalk. What a sight! Our last day, unfortunately, continued with the rainy, overcast weather we had had for several days. This made our trip to the Salmon Glacier far less spectacular than normal. One viewpoint showed the toe of the glacier with the aqua colored pools or kettles at its base, but the massive body of the glacier was lost in the fog.

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