05.05.2010 - 07.05.2010 50 °F
I was going to send this message this morning at the Starbucks in Whitehorse, but guess what? No Wifi. It is the ONLY Starbucks in Canada that does not have WiFi. So now after a long days drive, we are in Tok, Alaska. We are staying at the Sourdough RV, which has WiFi...no to catch up!
Pictures from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake.
Garry at Signpost Forest in Watson Lake. Our friends Idaho State Police license plate is in the background. We didn't even know it was there until we saw this picture!
We are now in Whitehorse, Yukon. We arrived Thursday night, after a long drive from Liard Hot Springs. We could not have ordered a more perfect day. The morning started out with blue skies; not a cloud in the sky. Today we saw bison along the Liard river; several caribou; a black bear and a grizzly bear;
and one moose. Driving this stretch of the road is like driving through an animal reserve. One must constantly keep watch, or you might miss something.
We are definitely 2 weeks early for most things being opened. Quite a few RV parks are still closed. I was hoping to visit ths. e Beringia Yukon Ice Age museum tomorrow, but it is only open of Sundays….won’t open till mid May. The vaudeville revue here in Whitehorse won’t open up till later this month. So we are only spending one night in Whitehorse.
Tomorrow we plan to drive all the way to Tok. Evidently, the frost heaves are pretty bad from Destruction Bay to Beaver Creek, but we will take it nice and slow.
We’ve enjoyed meeting several couples from East. One man is a retired captain of a fishing boat in Massachusetts. He mostly fished for lobster. The other man we met was retired from the Coast Guard. We also met a U.S. serviceman posted in Fairbanks driving to Bozeman to pick up his daughter after her first year of college. It is always enjoyable meeting the different people. Everyone has a story!
One of the original bridges on the AlCan Highway.
Drove to Tok. We didn't see much wildlife. We did see a herd of dall sheep on Sheep Mountain near Kluane Lake.
The Kluane mountains were spectacular today. We had blue skies most of the way.
The worst part of the day was driving from Destruction Bay to Beaver Creek. The frost heaves were terrible. We could only go about 40 miles per hour. We passed one car being towed. It was pulling a trailer and hit one of the heaves to hard and broke an axel. Doesn't pay to drive too fast on that section of the road.
We did see a beautiful black bear run across the road near the border. He wasn't very socialble. Wouldn't even stop for a picture!
Tomorrow we drive to Anchorage. We plan to stay 2 nights. Will visit several museums and stock up on supplies, then on to Soldotna and our new home for the summer!