Continuing north, we drove slowly looking for wildlife. We didn’t get up early or stay on the road late. This reduced our chance for seeing the big game. We also heard that spring and fall are great times to see lots of animals. Lake Meziadin was a recommended stop and turned out to be gorgeous, but also very crowded.
We did take a turn and head west towards Hyder Alaska. The attractions are glaciers and bears. The glaciers were impressive and very close to the road.
Waterfalls were everywhere and the creek rapidly turned into a rain river as you drove downhill beside it. We saw many black bears on the side of the road. It made us have one person keep an eye out while the other made sandwiches out of the cooler in the back of the car.
One of the big attractions while taking this road is that past Hyder is the Fish Creek bear viewing area. We heard a few negative things about this place. The first is that you have to pay to see the (hopefully grizzly) bears. Now that just kind of feels like a zoo. Paying to see animals, even wild animals, is not something we like to do unless there is no other option or it isn’t safe otherwise. We turned around before the border and were happy to see the black bears on our own.
Back on the Cassiar Highway, we watched out for wildlife, but didn’t see any large land mammals. None. There were signs every mile telling us to look out for elk, moose, caribou, speed bumps, potholes, and other cars. The road deterioration was the only thing that we saw. And maybe a couple of other cars. Now as we got further north, it was interesting to see the towns that were just getting electricity wired to them. There were towns that were running in diesel generators to power everyone and everything still. But then again, aren’t most of being powered by big generators? Is it better to be wired into the grid? Pondering these questions, we stopped and let the dogs run through the beautiful flowers.
We passed by the fancy Bell 2 Lodge where you can stay in a brand new cabin that was made to look old for a couple hundred bucks a night. I heard that their coffee and pastries are really good. I bet anything not instant is delicious on this road. The idea of not having to cook dinner was creeping into our heads. And then it started raining. And thunderstorming. Our tent in the back of the car was still wet from last nights thunderstorm. We started to feel sorry for ourselves and booked a motel. We tried to get a cabin, but the smell of a packrat home inside meant that we knew we would have mice running across our face in the night. We had a television, wifi, and a restaurant. Dinner was delicious that night. We stayed at the Tatogga Lake resort and highly recommend it. Here is the view if you walk down to the water from the lodge.