On our way to Dease Lake we saw many stunted black spruce (due to muskeg), a few blossoms left on the fireweed, winding rivers and interesting mountains.
The MILEPOST warned us that this portion of the highway has frost heaves, damaged road, blind hills and narrow road for the “next 10 miles” and that reconstruction was “scheduled to begin this stretch in summer 2009”. Yep, we found the construction crews and all the bad road, in the rain and getting all muddy in the process.
We crossed the Continental Divide again, going southbound.
We saw small herd of Big Horn Sheep at the edge of the highway who turned their backs to us as we drove past, camera shy, I guess. We all stopped at Jade City which is not a city at all, just a place to stop & shop for jade that is mined in the local mountains. The hills are filled with this lower grade jade (more valuable jade is found in Japan) but it is beautiful just the same. We saw green rocks along the highway on the hillsides, not sure if it was jade.
The Cassiar Mountain Jade Shop had a location on both sides of the highway, with large rock cutting saws and many large jade boulders in front. Inside was beautiful jewelry and figurines for purchase. There were several sizes of jade Inukshuks (remember- the aboriginal Canadian 2010 Olympic symbol) both inside and outside, as well as carved wooden sculptures. Jackie had fun shopping for jade jewelry, having a difficult time deciding.
As we neared our next camping spot the clouds were again clinging to the mountain tops.
After two days of rain & muddy roads our rig was a mess. Too tired from driving the narrow, winding roads Larry decided to wait till morning to wash the rig.