Rob and Syd's Western Canada and Alaska trip 2012 travel blog

Just after leaving the moose that got hit by the pick-up, we...

This one was more patient and wouldn't let us disturb lunch.

This is part of the canyon area. Notice how hazy from the...

This is one of the four rivers that run in this area....

The old church from the mining era in Telegraph Creek.

There were several old cabins still around the town, not in very...

This is another one of the rivers. At one point, the canyon...

Another of the rivers, such a pretty area.

The washroom at camp. Can a guy get a little privacy???

Day 93, Thursday, July 26, 2012

Telegraph Creek Road was built in 1922, but the town of Telegraph Creek was settled in the 1860’s partly due to a gold rush but also due to efforts to build a telegraph line connecting to Europe. Those efforts were abandoned with the discovery of short wave radio. It’s a 70 mile, narrow, gravel road that has several sets of steep switchbacks through some awesome scenery.

We hadn’t gotten very far when a local native guy in a pickup with a smashed hood flagged us down. Just beyond him was the moose in the road he just hit. The guy was okay, the truck was still driveable, but the moose was very badly hurt. I drove the car past her to the top of the hill to flag down anyone coming so no one caused a bigger problem. The locals drive this road fast. Rob and the guy tried to figure out what to do. She was struggling to get up and get back into the woods but her legs were broken so she dragged herself off to the side and rolled into the ditch. There was nothing more we could do for her. The guy continued on to Dease Lake to report it and we continued on our way. While I was waiting for Rob, another moose walked across the road right in front of me. No pictures, I was crying. 

Shortly after that, we saw the first black bear of the day. We ended up seeing three. The road follows the Tanzilla River which flows into the Stikine River. Two other rivers also converge into the Stikine River along the route. The roads runs through lava beds on a high, narrow ridge that drops 400 feet on both sides, one side to the Tahltan River and one side to the Stikine. The rivers are both running through gorges with high cliff walls and odd looking lava based rock. The Stikine was muddy brown and the Tahltan was bright blue green. The First Nation Tribe that owns this land has smokehouses and one of the few inland commercial fisheries in Canada. We watched them working their nets out in the water for sockeye salmon.

At the end of the road is the town of Telegraph /Creek. There is a new town higher above the river (population 350) and the remnants of the old town right down on the riverbank. Most of the buildings are falling down ruins but some are still standing and still in use. The Catholic Church is cool and the building that now houses the Lodge and café was built in 1898. The road actually continues for another 12 miles to Glenora, but we turned back. It took us 7 hours to travel 140 miles. The return trip was uneventful.

When we got back to the campground, it was empty except for us. The outhouse is one of the more interesting ones we have encountered. It’s bright blue and the door is more like a saloon door with a big space at the bottom and a big space at the top and a space all along one side of the door. You certainly know when it’s occupied. Tomorrow, we move south, but not too far. We are having a little bit of a thunderstorm right now. It feels good, it was hot today.

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