One Man's Alaska

Black bears in Hyder, Alaska (2007)

July 17, 2011

As I continue to think about moving back to the Lower-48 at the end of this summer, I was just reminded that if I do drive back, I'll be able to stop in Stewart, British Columbia, and its neighbor town of Hyder, Alaska. Hyder is the very small town of about eighty people where I drove up into the mountains in 2007, and followed a family of black bears, as shown in these two videos.

I took this video when I first stumbled onto the black bear family eating, er, something:

And I took this video when I followed them for a little while on the road back into Hyder, Alaska:

I've run into a lot of bears, but this was the first time I ever followed a bear family in a car like this.

When I first rolled into Stewart on an empty tank of gas back in 2007 I was just a wee bit scared of what I might find, but it turned out to be one of those rare, wonderful discoveries that happen in life, and one that I'll never forget.

If you're ever in Hyder, Alaska, make sure you stop at the General Store. I can't remember the gentleman's name that owns the store, but he can tell you some wonderful stories. But don't mess with him, because he also has a large gun under the register, lol. I learned about that when we talked about bears like these.

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