Cassiar Highway

Trip Start Jun 14, 2013
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Trip End Jul 07, 2013


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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Friday, June 28, 2013

Today, we got our first taste of the infamous Cassiar Highway. This is not only a shortcut to Vancouver - it saves 120 miles - it's also billed as a road with stunning views and an abundance of wildlife. We only had 160 miles to travel today down to Dease Lake, a 90% populated First Nation (ie. Native Canadian) community. The first 20 or so miles were very interesting as we drove through acre upon acre of burnt-out trees which certainly had its own fascination. Then we went through a phase which was very pretty but a bit of a letdown after all the hype. We did, however, spot a couple of very fine moose in a beautiful pasture setting. We also visited "Jade City". This part of Canada mines 92% of the World's Jade. Not a lot of people know that!
Dease Lake offered us everything we needed including a bar. We had dinner very early so we spent quite a bit of time there this evening talking rubbish over a few brews. We met a few locals and discovered that some of the local men seem to be a bit too friendly with their sisters. At checkout time, they presented us with a bill for a rather nice, round $100. We're sure we were ripped off but they still got a tip, hmmm.
At last, after 2 weeks of communication issues for various reasons, I managed to have a proper conversation with Cristina & Elliot on Skype. If pretending to be a "scary bear" and talking kiddy gobbledegook can be considered a "proper conversation" (but enough about Hjalmar talking in his sleep between snoring fits). After the frustration of the past fortnight, indented with a bit of screaming and shouting about this lack of communication (sorry, Hjalmar), I was a lot happier.
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