We turned off the Alaska Highway at the historical mile post 649 and began our journey down the Cassiar Highway.
This was a new route for both of us. We headed south down into British Columbia on a more narrow, windy, hilly road.
We drove around 160 miles our first day down the Cassiar. That first day it seemed we were almost on a rollercoaster with all the ups and downs!
The view was something else. Tall mountains every which way you looked, and the gorgeous fall colors on the trees were incredible. We drove in and out of rain clouds and watched the temperature fluctuate from 70, to 50, and back up to 60 degrees. We stopped briefly at Jade City too.
It was right around Dease Lake where things got interesting. We were cruising along when I spotted a Black Bear on the side of the road! It was a very narrow road, and by the time Jason was able to slow down enough, we were way past the bear, which was disappointing because Jason hadn’t gotten to see it.
We continued on until we came to the next pull-off, and decided to turn around in hopes the bear was still there.
As luck would have it, she was there. And wouldn’t you know, she had 2 cubs with her! We were stoked! I had only ever seen one black bear before, and it was so far away it just looked like a black rock.
We stopped along the road, rolled down the window and Jason took some pictures while I was feeding treats to the dogs to keep them quiet. It was the one time of the day when they weren’t curled up snoozing, but actually sitting up enjoying the view – go figure.
The bears didn’t seem to mind the highway traffic, and moseyed through grasses eating as they pleased. It was the cutest thing ever.
We continued on until we found another spot to turn around and continue in the right direction. When we passed by again, we slowed enough for me to take a few pictures out my window, with Leda anxiously trying to stick her nose out my window through my ear.
At marker 519 (km), we found a large gravel turnout to the west. One small road went down towards the lake. We walked the road which lead to a nice gravel pad right on the shore line. There was no room for turn around, so we backed the camper down the road.
The view was gorgeous. And the weather couldn’t have been better. We did spot a pair of moose on the edge of the lake, some distance from us.
For years I have wanted a cabin on the water. It didn’t matter much to me if it was on a river or a lake, but I always wanted one. A cabin with a view like I have right now. And it occurred to me, that I finally got my cabin. It’s just on wheels! :)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hi, I’m Hillary! Wife and dog mama of two goofy pups. I am a retired 6th grade teacher, but still seek to share and help others at www.teachlikemidgley.com
I enjoy spending time with my pups and my husband. I have a passion for rescues, and would save more pups if I could. I enjoy books and I am a mustang enthusiast. Thanks for reading!