|Downtown Stewart, BC|
|Salmon Glacier at the top|
There is a lot of history in this area and also many spectacular glaciers. In the winter this place experiences avalanches often and in the middle of downtown Stewart there is a building with this massive gun that they use to shoot at avalanche areas to control them. Everywhere you look are giant snow capped mountains. This is also a Pacific Ocean Coastal Port and the moisture and humidity make this area the lushest we've seen so far with giant trees and many wildflowers and lush vegetation.
Yesterday we drove up a particularly large mountain to view Salmon Glacier. Yvonne didn't do too well on the drive as it was on a narrow 1.5 lane road that was being encroached on in many places by heavy snow from the mountains. The side of the road was a steep dropoff of thousands of feet into the valley below. She refused to look out and kept her eyes glued on a book. The only thing you need to be careful of is vehicles approaching from the other direction. There were pull off areas every so often and you had to keep them in mind and watch for vehicles so you didn't have to back up in the narrow parts.
But the views at the top were absolutely worth it. Salmon Glacier is one of the larger glaciers and is spectacular. At the top was a group from Polaris snowmobiles. They drove over the snow covered mountains to another glacier on the other side to test out their new models. There was also an interesting guy camping at the top of the mountain (in a tent) who called himself the "Bear Man". He writes books and makes DVD's of bears. He has been charged by Grizzly bears 4 times and has successfully deployed his Bear Spray which worked every time. He explores mountains, caves and Glaciers looking for bears at 78 years old !
|The Bear Man|
Early yesterday morning I sat outside under our awning while it was raining / misting. While sipping on my coffee I was visited by a hummingbird who zoomed up to me and zipped around to check out the bright green can of OFF on the table next to me. At first I thought it was a giant bee (or possibly mosquito??? ) and then figured out it was a humming bird.
|The rooster warming her tailfeathers with the electric heater|