Rob and Syd's Western Canada and Alaska trip 2012 travel blog

Kluane Lake along the Alaska Highway

Herd of Dall sheep along the highway

Ewe and baby along the highway

Swans in one of the many ponds along the highway

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

In the campground this morning, Rob saw a fox with brown and blackish fur and a white tip on his bushy tail. We saw another one outside of town running away from the road. From Whitehorse, the highway heads straight west towards the St. Elias Mountain Range and the Kluane Icefield Range. All of its peaks are over 15,000 feet and includes the tallest in Canada at almost 20,000 feet. There’s no shortage of snow on them either. It looked like we were going straight through them until we got to Haines Junction. Then we turned north and the road to Haines goes south. We passed a lot more lakes, most of which are frozen and a bunch more campgrounds, lodges, and RV Parks that are still closed. As we went around the south shore of Kluane Lake, patches of clouds were down almost at ground level and the lake looked like it was steaming. Kluane Lake is the biggest lake in the Yukon and covers 154 square miles. Yep, frozen. I read somewhere that these bigger lakes will form ice 3 feet thick. We saw a large herd of bighorn sheep high up on the side of the mountain. We also saw about 20 or so swans on one of the small unfrozen lakes. The road at this point was by far the worst we’ve had. Very rough with frost heaves and broken patches. We could only go about 40 miles an hour. We are in Beaver Creek, Yukon, about 30 miles from the Alaska border for the night. The population here is 112. After we settled in a caravan of about 10 rigs from Washington came in and took over the place. This park isn’t set up for bigger rigs with tow vehicles so they are parked everywhere and blocking a couple of the inside roads. It was warmer today. We still have the windows open (at 9:00 pm) and we had happy hour outside for once. It stays light later every day as we travel north. I’m certainly not up to see it, but I think it gets light by 4 in the morning. Tomorrow, we cross the border.

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