Thursday, June 17, 2010


The last two days have been rough going what with bad roads and many construction sites. As you can see from the welcome sign above, we did make it to Alaska today. The roads are getting to be a bit better, but still not the greatest. Yesterday we again went through some very scenic mountainous areas which included the St.Elias Mountains. In that range is the highest mountain in Canada. Also in that area is  the largest non-polar ice fields in North America, which extends over most of the Kulane National Park and Reserve.
The picture below is that of Kluane Lake which sits in that mountainous valley.
Something else which I found to be quite beautiful yesterday were the lupines growing along the highway. They looked like huge purple bouquets of flowrs springing up out of the gravel. It sure speaks to the hardiness of that plant!
Last night we parked in a campground owned by two couples from England. They have a lot of work to do there. Many pieces of old machinery are scattered around their place, probably left when the construction of the highway was completed in the 1940s. It is a remote campground with mountains surrounding it and the White River flowing nearby. Very picturesque and beautiful, I enjoyed hiking along the river last evening. As I said before, it is hard to go to bed when dusk is at 11:30 PM!  Thought for sure I would see a moose or two when I was out walking last evening, but I did not see any. This morning we spotted a big bull moose along the highway shortly after we started out. He sure headed fast back into the forest when we drove by!

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