Seeings how you enjoyed the first few hundred miles of the ALCAN Highway, I'll continue the narrative on to White Horse, Yukon Territories, Canada. And if I have you pegged right, you'll appreciate the map I'm loading up front (oops, I see that the BBS takes the PDF file down to the bottom!)! It's available as a *.pdf and/or *.html file, depending on your preference (it's hefty as a .pdf file (3.5Megs)).
One more graphic, and we'll be on our way...it's a roadside interpretive sign, explaining to Bob Leverett that Colorado has no corner on the sand market!
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For the next several hundred miles the ALCAN skirts the mountain ranges to the south and west, traversing relatively flat ground with waterbodies ranging from small boggy ponds to Kluane Lake. Several images taken in route follow as we sought our nights lodging, often an adventure in itself, with towns often several hundred miles apart, and not big towns at that!
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Though we weren't aware at the time, British Columbia and Alberta had many wildfires going on, and while it's faintly detectable here and around the corner going along Kluane Lake, it did significantly 'flavor' our experience from there on, all the way to Yellowknife. But the winds were variable, and we'd get intermittent clear skies. The next images provide a sense of the land features that one would encounter in the section between Glenallen and Tok.
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Note beaver lodge in following image!
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Coming up on Kluane Lake...
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Close enough that we decided that we should find a campsite, and take in some of this magnificent scenery, from a more stationary vantage! The following image provides the same input we obtained from the first three campgrounds we investigated...
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Having identified the soapberry plant in our northern plants book, we saw that they were in deed, ripe for the picking, although not that palatable for humans. Not that eager to practice my best bear encounter behavior, we decided to consider options. One that looked promising soon offered itself up, curiously located near Destruction Point. In addition to campsites offered, there were also several cabins available. While just recently completed (2008), they were 'off the grid', with neither power nor water. Utility-wise the only concession was a propane powered furnace. That said, the furnishings were topnotch, if not elegant for a log cabin. WIth the sleeping comfort of relatively bear-proof logs (as opposed to the nylon of our backpacking tent), we were happy to call it a day and have a leisurely afternoon. A few of the images here follow, a view from the shoreline looking east, then looking west, and from the inside, looking north (and south by reflection...
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And finally, from the porch, our evening sunset (because of the high peaks so near behind us, it was only 8:00PM, with a lengthy dusk following that we captured visually from a 'horizontal perspective. Thus ends the ALCAN segment to Whitehorse, where the next segment starts.
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Well, almost finally, as I've just discovered a wonderful website (courtesy of Mario Vaden) that has among THOUSANDS of 360 degree images available, one of Kluane Lake! I'm going to try and place a URL immediately below, and recommend that you check it out. With my two year old laptop, the image takes about 20-30 seconds to load. Then all you have to do is place the cursor on the image, press and hold the mouse button, moving cursor to right to pan to the right in the image, and so on, for left. If you're amazed by the website, try other places in the West (or the world) like Yosemite Valley and you'll find that many of the images allow significant exploring up and down! Anyway, here goes!
We'll travel tomorrow north on a section of the Klondike Highway to Carmack. Turning east, we'll traverse a section of the Campbell Highway to Ross River, half of this segment being of graded gravel construction. Taking the Canol Road (Canadian Oil road, built in the 1950s) south, we'll try to make it to our evenings reserved lodging at Johnson Crossing, the full length (150 miles) of which is one-third primitive (SUV, pickup recommended) and the remainder much like the Forest Service roads throughout the West). This was to be our longest day. But from my perspective, and that of the camera, our most imagery productive...absolutely gorgeous country, that is pretty much unrivaled in my experience...with intermittent rain, thunder, lightning, rainbows, and lighting like that which led Ansel Adams to see the Sierra Nevadas, as "the range of light".