Well folks, this is the last blog for my Alaska/ Yukon trip. Here goes...
Waking up at the Salmon Glacier lookout I went through the usual morning motions, packed up, put the truck in gear and pulled away. I had been told that there was a lot of derelict mine activity further down the road from the glacier, and since I was there, decided to see what I could see. I'm quite glad I went the extra distance. Slowly, ever so slowly the sun began to crawl over the mountains bringing light to the valley before me. The visual extravaganza that I witnessed beyond the Salmon glacier is an experience I will never forget. Not far from the glacier look out you'll begin to see evidence of a past mining presence.
I traveled all the way to end of the road where there's an old airstrip and a few more glaciers. While traveling there I had the opportunity to explore a large derelict mine facility. I thoroughly enjoyed walking through the old industrial areas and imagining what they looked like when still operational.
As I began my return journey I spotted some mine shafts across the valley and decided to do a little more exploring. I made my way along the mountain side stopping at each opening and poking my head in. What really impressed upon me was how cold the air was inside the shafts. Often I thought of the mines of Moria from the Fellowship of the Rings and how cold it must have been for Gandalf, the hobbits and their protectors. I'd say I have a pretty active imagination...it's the main reason I couldn't bring myself to walk further than a few feet into the abandoned shafts in fear that something from the depths would come out and grab me.
From Hyder I made the journey back to Smithers in one go. I had previously planned to drive the Telkwa Pass from Terrace, BC to Telkwa, BC with my friend Zach; however, due to smoke in the area and the risk of forest fires I decided to cancel the trip and instead spent a night with Zach and his family at a lake near Smithers.
The next morning I set out and drove from Smithers to just outside of Kamloops. Approaching Clinton, BC I was detoured along highway 24 due to forest fires. As I drove the highway soot fell from the sky like snow flakes, a slightly surreal experience to say the least. As it got late and dark I chose a road off the highway at random and ended pulling into a recreation site at the South end of Long Island Lake which is in the Emar Lakes Provincial Park. The park has a portage route which I hope to do with Alison one day. The next morning I woke up early, hit the road again and arrived at my parents place in Abbotsford, BC shortly after noon. The remainder of my stay in BC before I went home for harvest was filled with small projects, mountain biking, family time, weddings and family vacation.
I am now back at the farm working harvest. I'll be here with Alison till mid to late November depending on how long harvest takes to complete. We'll leave to go to my parents place for a little while till Christmas then leave to travel South again for the winter. Stoked for more adventures!