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Old 02-10-2012, 04:04 PM   #29
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I finally got around to checking my journal and determined the area of that big frost heave on our 2008 Yukon discovery trip.
The location was in the north lane, 32 miles north of Pelly Crossing, just over the crest of the grade. ( approx.15 miles south of "STEWART CROSSING" ) I believe this is the Goggle shot that does not come even close to the experience/excitement of the ride.
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I just looked at that link. When I pan out in the satellite view, starting about 5 miles west of that point, the terrain is bright orange. Is that fall foliage or something else going on?

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Old 02-10-2012, 04:30 PM   #30
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That orange is the visible YUKON GOLD in the hills.

Not sure, but that area was in the vicinity of the 1995 Pelly River Fire???
Someone from that area may be able to answer for sure.

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Old 02-10-2012, 06:52 PM   #31
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I have to second the steep grades comments. Several years ago my wife and I were tent camping on Vancouver Island. We were taking a day trip from Port Alberni to Ucluelet. There was one grade that was 18% (yes, that's eighteen percent!!); 8% is steep, 18% is very steep. The hill wasn't very long, but it had turns.
I'll see your 18% and raise you 2%... Dease Lake to Telegraph Creek... perhaps the craziest place in North America an Airstream can go - and also one of the most beautiful.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:09 PM   #32
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I can't match you 20% with a picture at the moment, but this trail will be accomplished before I die. (I hope! )

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"Highway 20 is famous for the portion of the westernmost stretch, between Anahim Lake and Bella Coola, known as the Hill or The Precipice. From the point where the road crosses the Coast Range via Heckman Pass in Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park at an elevation of 1487 m (4879 ft) the road descends 43 km (27 mi) of steep, narrow road with sharp hairpin turns and two major switchbacks to the Bella Coola Valley. The descent includes a 9 km (5.6 mi) section with grades of up to 18% (about 1 in 6). The road is winding, in some places only wide enough for one vehicle, and in many places bordered on one side by cliffs and on the other side by a drop of hundreds of meters (many hundreds of feet) unprotected by guardrails. Tourists who have driven to Bella Coola from Williams Lake have been known to refuse to drive back and have had to be taken out by boat or float plane"

I might even get to travel that Dease Lake section, on the same trip. I can't wait. We tried to do this in 96 but the ferry schedule changed and we had to cancel to meet other obligations.
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I'll see your 18% and raise you 2%... Dease Lake to Telegraph Creek... perhaps the craziest place in North America an Airstream can go - and also one of the most beautiful.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:25 PM   #33
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I wouldn't take the trailer to Telegraph Creek, but we did take the truck. Some of those grades seemed like more than 20%. If you take the trailer, and drive down to the river once you get into town, you may want to leave the trailer there. Getting it turned around would be interesting. There was a nice little restaurant where we had lunch. A photo of it below plus another one "downtown".

I keep seeing Bella Coola on the map and want to go there too someday.

Forgot the photos, will do another post.

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Old 02-10-2012, 08:30 PM   #34
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Killer Whales and Seals

This incident happened last weekend.

Always have your camera with you when travelling Beautiful British Columbia to record all those memories that are just to hard to explain. (and no one will believe you anyway)

June 25th-Insane killer whale story……

This incident happened here. http://goo.gl/maps/UKUd

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I would also like to recommend our part of the world, the Kootenay region of southeastern BC. Well, maybe not to hordes of people,.... but to Airstreamers, anyhow. If you like hot springs, free lake ferries, and beautiful scenery that is a bit closer to Glacier NP and the US "Interior Northwest," check out the International Selkirk Loop at:
www.selkirkloop.org

Not that far from Banff NP (via the upper Columbia River basin and past Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs resorts) to the east. To the west, the Okanagon Valley has lakes plus a lot of wineries with tours and special events.

Between the Selkirk Loop in Canada and the Okanagon are the Nakusp and Halcyon hot springs. The little town of New Denver on Slocan Lake is one of our favourite places to camp. There is a large municipal campground there, with beautiful views of the Valhalla range and its glaciers.

One of our favourite day-trips is to take the Kootenay Lake ferry over to Ainsworth Hot Springs (pools plus vapour caves), perhaps with a side trip to Kaslo or Nelson. The ferries can get crowded in the summer, but arriving early for one of the early morning ferries should get you across with no problem. The ferry takes 35 minutes, and is our idea of a free, incredibly scenic boat ride. The Kootenay pass on HY 3 is a beautiful alternative, but just look out for snow (and mountain sheep) up there in the shoulder seasons! We've hauled Bambi up and down it many times with no problems.
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Sadly, both Anne and Francis Gleason (the shop and house photo) passed away this last year. The Riversong has been purchased from the Pakula family and is going to be operated by the Tahltan First Nation.

I quite miss Telegraph Creek...
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Sadly, both Anne and Francis Gleason (the shop and house photo) passed away this last year. The Riversong has been purchased from the Pakula family and is going to be operated by the Tahltan First Nation.

I quite miss Telegraph Creek...

Friday, thanks for sharing the sad news. We've traveled all over the US and Canada and have many, many memories, but some places stand out more and the Riversong is one of them. It was a well kept little restaurant with good food. Obviously the owners took great pride in their business. The pie was great. It was one of those unique places that we stumble into sometimes. The energy there was perfect.

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June has been wet and below-average temp. wise, and the start of July the same, but I'd rather have this than those 106 degree cookers in cities throughout the U.S. right now.

Come to this cool, verdant Eden.

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Summer is forecast to make another appearance here on Friday.

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Summer is forecast to make another appearance here on Friday.

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Hopefully it isn't a limited engagement!
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Glacier Tours

One thing we tend to take for granted is the beauty around us that we see every day. This view may last for our lifetime, but it looks like future generations may not have the same opportunity!

When planning that next tour, one might make it a Glacier Tour and get some pictures of your happy mug with a Glacier in the background.

You will see some beautiful country and meet and make some new friends along the way.

Never leave it for another year if you can do it now. Start planning for that 2013 Glacier Tour now.

Comox Glacier

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Ski season will start soon, but this is a great year round POI that is still within the average persons budget.
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