Last stop in Hyder, Alaska and the Tongans National Forest to see more salmon runs and hopefully bears feasting. It was rainy and cold and the bears declined our invitation. But it was a beautiful spot to take pictures.
As we proceeded south into British Columbia we saw the impact of the huge forest fires and witnessed the efforts and gratitude for fire fighters. Smoke was everywhere and we hurried south to bypass the places where blazes continued.
Burns Lake and Williams Lake
The Bonaparte Plateau in Thompson Nicola Provincial Forest lands of British Columbia.
Gold country in BC -they actively advertise eco-tours in the area where the gold rush ruled a century ago.
A beautiful clear BC day above with a slope of renewed growth. Fires are part of the ecosystem here but it’s still hard to see.
A lovely yellow wildflower defying the odds.
Yarrow – a ubiquitous wildflower and ancient herb
Back in the USA we travel east in Washington and Oregon to avoid more fire danger but see gorgeous pine forests and rolling hills of green. Tiny cherry trees planted in expectation of a harvest in years to come.
Willamette National Forest and Descartes National Forest in Oregon
Blue River area from the highway. Green pine trees that go on forever.
A roadside view of Crescent Lake
A picture of the new pine tree growth in a part of the forest previously damaged by fire.
Next stop northern Las Vegas as we head to a week long rest in “Sin City”