Got up early and headed out to the bear viewing area just one more time. No bears again! I guess our timing is just not right. On the way back to camp, I spotted a grizzly on the bank across the river. He was to far away to get any good pictures. I also got a pretty close look at a couple of Bald eagles.
We loaded up and headed downtown to Dave's RV wash. It took Dave and his helper a good hour to get all the mud off our rig. He used hot water and soap and brushed the whole rig, including the underside. It was a good job and only cost $48. It was worth it.
We said our goodbyes to Hyder and Alaska. At Mediazin Junction we hooked up with the Cassiar Highway again and proceeded southeast to Kitwanga and the Yellowhead Highway. We saw 7 black bears before we got to Kitwanga! Is that why we didn't see any in Hyder? The drive east on the Yellowhead was very nice. Yellowhead Highway 16 is a major east-west route, providing access to a number of attractions in Alberta and British Columbia. It is also a very scenic highway, passing through mountains, forest and farmland.
We stopped for the night at the Shady Rest RV park in Houston, BC. The next day we headed on east toward Edmonton. We had decided not to stop in Jasper or Banff National Parks on this trip. We will make this another adventure. We passed right by Mt Robson (elev. 12,972 feet). This massive monster is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. It is beautiful.
It was getting late, so we stopped at a small RV park outside of Hinton for the night. It was a large gravel lot with electric hook-up only. Oh well, that't all we needed. The next morning we headed on east to Edmonton, then south to Calgary.
This completed our circle tour of Canada and Alaska. From here we will head south and back into the lower 48, then eventually work our way back to Missouri. We will be stopping in Smith Center at the Excel factory for a couple of repairs to the rig. Those highways sort of beat us up. We knew they would be rough though. You just have to take it easy. We were lucky as we didn't have any major problems. Read on for a conclusion to our awesome adventure.......