Monday, October 1, 2001
Hello from Dease Lake, British Columbia!
Start time: 0900
Start odometer: 15353
Weather: Beautiful morning, 37 F.
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- It was a beautiful morning with a bright blue sky, only a few clouds, and
a temperature of 37 degrees F. It would remain mostly clear until
after lunch, when clouds began gathering. I drove through a few
sprinkles this afternoon, but otherwise, it was a dry day. By the way,
the temperature did get up the 50 degrees this afternoon.
- I drove east and south along the Alaska Highway, getting a few miles
behind me. I was also leaving the Yukon Territory, after initially
arriving here on August 22. I hope to return here again someday soon.
- One of several times I will be entering B. C., since the Alaska Highway
meanders in and out of B. C. and the Y. T. several times.
- As I drive down the road, I notice the mountaintops I saw on the way up
are no longer green, but covered with a fresh blanket of snow. It
makes for a pretty scene, but gives notice of the coming winter! -
- Another sign of the changing seasons was the drop in traffic. The
Highway gets pretty barren along some of the stretches, and there is much
less camper and RV traffic.
- Before heading down the Stewart-Cassiar Highway, I drove to Watson Lake
for one more look at the town, and especially, the Signpost Forest. I
originally visited it on the way up on August 22.
And although there were clouds in the area, it was still a nice day to walk
- The story behind the Signpost Forest -
- From my current home state -
- From a town near my previous home town of Fremont, Ca. -
- People become a bit creative when choosing their sign. -
- Notice the Oprah sign in the upper left! -
- This one is for my friends Nell and Dave, who live just outside of
- For my friend from CAK, Tom... -
Who works in
- The signs go on forever and ever! -
- After stopping at the post office, I returned to the Alaska Highway,
this time towards the west, for twelve miles. This took me to the
junction of Y. T. 37, the Stewart-Cassiar Highway. This road is a
north-south route through British Columbia, and provides a western route to
Watson Lake, Whitehorse, and Alaska. It also allows access to
guide and charter services to the Mount Edziza Provincial Park. Mount
Edziza is a dormant volcano, and the park is one of the largest in
Canada. Trees are logged in the area, and gold is also mined. In
the Jade City region, jade deposits are mined east of the road, and there
are huge jade boulders that tourists can watch artisans cut. The
Princess Jade Mine is one of the largest jade claims in the world! (From the
- Soon after turning onto the Stewart-Cassiar, you enter B. C. -
This may not be the final time I enter B. C., if I take the trip to Hyder
- The first part of the southbound Cassiar journey is lined with trees, so
the views are in front and behind you. But after a fifty or seventy
miles, the views begin to expand, and you see some spectacular mountains, as
well as the fall colors that are just past peak in this location.
- A large map posted at a rest area -
- A sign describing some of the gold mining activity. -
- Views from the road. -
- While the majority of the Stewart Cassiar is chip-sealed, at least 160
miles are gravel, and mud! -
But great views keep appearing!
- I decided to stop at Dease Lake, and will get some rest tonight.
Tomorrow, I plan on continuing my drive down the Stewart-Cassiar, and will
take a side trip to Stewart, British Columbia, and as mentioned before,
Hyder, Alaska. The drive is said to be interesting, as it passes near
glaciers. Also, when I was in Fairbanks, a local mentioned that Hyder
might best represent the town of Cicely (from Northern Exposure,) in respects
to its access and size, though not where it was filmed. I will
look for "The Brick"!
- Thanks for stopping by. If a day is missing, please be patient with
me, as it probably means I did not have internet access for that day or
string of days.
Routes traveled today: YT 1 - YT 37 - BC 37
Hotel: Northway Motor Inn -
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