Jade City and Stewart, BC

We hit the road just after 9 am on Wednesday morning with Jim and Jane in the lead, fueling up at Pioneer RV Park for $0.969/liter for diesel before leaving. The drive to the Cassiar Highway turnoff was uneventful and a repeat of what we had seen on the way in.
Heading south on Cassiar Highway was…..interesting…..or as Jim so fondly puts it, “crap road”. We hit several areas of construction on the way south. Both were about 30 kilometers long and we slowed right down for the gravel and dirt sections. The worst was the washboards which I think even loosened some of my fillings. Traffic was very light though. Our only concern was the large gravel trucks coming from the other direction. They just flew along the road. Thankfully, we did not suffer any stone chips to our windshield.
Jade City, BC

Our stop for the evening was at Jade City. Cassiar Mountain Jade Store does up jade stone into all types of jewellery and we even saw jade coffee mugs. I just wasn’t up for the $400 plus price tag for a coffee mug though. The girls did manage to pick up a few very nice trinkets though. We dry camped in a large gravel parking lot next to the store for the night. Chris made spaghetti for supper and then the boys gave the girls yet another lesson at how to win at canasta. Did I mention we are now firmly back in the win column. Two wins after three straight loses. We used the girls’ strategy and bought new playing cards before leaving Whitehorse.

Bear Glacier

Thursday, it was on to Stewart where we will spend a few days at Bear River RV Park. The highway improved immensely after we got south of Dease Lake. From Bell Irving southwards was fabulous. We took our time heading into Stewart from Meziadin Junction. I had forgotten how scenic the drive was. Of course, we had to make the mandatory stop at Bear Glacier. Following setup at Bear River, we went for a little drive around town. There are lots of bears and eagles around. We drove into Hyder and went to the bear viewing area. That area has really changed a lot since I was here 20 years ago with the RCMP. You now have to pay to see the bears from a viewing platform maintained by the National Forest Service. Previously, one could just pull over to the side of the road and watch them in the river. The parking lot was jammed with vehicles and the ranger said there was a grizzly in the river feeding at the moment. But we had to get back for supper in the slow cooker, so put off the bears until tomorrow. As we walked along the road back to the parking lot, we could hear a grizzly splashing around in the river running right next to the road. We could not see him though because the river bank is over grown with shrubs. Twenty years ago with the RCMP, I was always amazed about how brazen tourists could be to be standing so close to a wild animal in a natural setting. In fact, ever year we used to have reports of “close calls”. Now, twenty years later, I am a tourist doing exactly the same things.

Stewart waterfront

On the technical side of things, I have made arrangements to have a Datastorm roof mounted satellite internet installed on our motorhome while we are at the Thousand Trails Cultus Lake Preserve near Sardis, BC in early Septmeber. ICoach just has not met our needs, so I will be returning it and going with the more expensive, hopefully more reliable Datastorm option.