Day 70 Prince George to Hinton
Trip Start May 07, 2008
205Trip End Nov 22, 2008
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Today is the day the bears and salmon are supposed to meet at fish creek in Hyder (the small town in Alaska bordering on Stewart BC Canada)
The big start to the day was to ensure our tyre was replaced before we tackled any more travelling.
Drove the Castle to the gas station workshop we had previously filled up at in Stewart, YES they have a replacement tyre! Great! It took a while to get this all sorted including a new tyre, a wheel balance and replace the valves in 2 other tyres, (yes are very fortunate to have made it this far. The spare and the second tyre next to the one that had given up, both with faulty valves.
Never mind, all the Castle's feet are back up to pressure, the tank is full of gas, so time to go see these salmon and bears doing battle
Off we head to Hyder, fish creek, along the extremely bumpy gravel road leading through this town of around 100 souls to fish creek.
We had to take the 2nd car park (hoping this is a sign that all the RV's parked are seeing some action)
Down the walkway to the creek, Gee we just missed a bear, he had been there about 20mins before we arrived, the count of salmon in the creek was 7, easily seen and simply doing their thing.
It was fascinating watching this natural cycle of egg laying and male fertilisation, in a time bound dance.
NO BEARS taking part, but we spent around an hour just enjoying the place and nature at work, maybe disappointing not to observe the bears catching salmon, but hey the salmon have to win a few rounds of this game to ensure the game recycles as nature intends.
We set our sights towards Jasper, the spot in the Canadian Rockies, we knew we had a big day of travelling and estimated the best would be to reach Prince George, or as close as possible to this we could achieve.
Only one bear sighting on the way, but the roads did lend themselves to good travel times.
With the shared driving, we in fact achieved the Prince George, it was a big days travel of around 12 hours, but worth the effort to give us the knowledge to reach Jasper after a bit of shopping and allowing time for Marian to book a flight from Vancouver to LA on her return flight home for the 23rd.