Larry & Cheryl's 2009 Travels travel blog

Stunted Black Spruce due to Muskeg

A few blossoms remaining on these Fireweed

Interesting table formation in the Cassiars Mountains

The Dease River

The Fall colors are starting to show

Lots of winding highway keeps us from being bored

We crossed again into British Columbia

A warning sign for the BUMPY road

Long stretches of bumpy dirt & gravel (and mud) road

They are working hard to improve the Cassiar Highway

We called this one Roller Coaster Road

A Pilot car had to take us along this stretch of one...

Raining off and on all day

The mountains are getting taller

And the highway keeps us on our toes with all the curves

Wow, we came across a small herd of Big Horn Sheep

But they were shy and turned their backs to us.

Jade City, not a city, just a shop

Both sides of the street had jade shops, don't want to miss...

There were huge rock cutting saws outside

And displays of Jade things, like this fountain

This large rough Jade Rock Inukshuk stood gurad over the shop

Inside were several beautifully carved and polished Indian sculptures

This jade Inukshuk was about 12" tall and was quite expensive

This fellow was about 4 feet tall and did not have a...

We saw green rocks along the hilside, hmmmmm - jade?

We arrived at Dease Lake

Nearing our campground, the cloud layer became lower as the road dipped...

After driving in muddy conditions on the Cassiar Highway

How does mud get up that high?

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.

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