We travelled from Paxson Lake with three overnight stops and driving over 750 km on our way back to Whitehorse, Yukon.
After our overnight stay
at Paxson Lake Campground, we were ready to make our way south to Gakcona
Junction then northeast to Tok.
We were north of the
Wrangell Mountains so we could enjoy some of the mountain tops that were able
to peek through the clouds. There are
several high peaks in that range but I am not sure which one I have this photo
of but the windswept snowtop was impressive to see.
|Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge|
We had an overnight stay
in Tok before we headed south to cross the border. We made a stop at the Tetlin National
Wildlife Refuge for tourist information.
There are 280,000 hectares (700,000 acres) dedicated to the Refuge for
nesting and migrating birds.
|Beaver Creek, Yukon|
We crossed the border
into the Yukon and would follow Highway 1. We stopped at Beaver Creek, a small community
with a tourist center, had our lunch and continued on.
|Graceful swan dance|
As we continued our
travels on this nice sunny day, we made some stops and I was able to get some
photos of a beautiful swan as he spread his wings. He was one of several we saw along this
stretch of road.
|Saint Elias Mountains|
The Saint Elias Mountains
are the youngest mountain range in Canada at five to ten million years. Those many years ago, there was a shift of the continental
plate causing a wedge from the Gulf of Alaska to push up under North
America. This created mountains from
rocks that had been buried up to ten kilometres (6 miles) underground!
|Long forgotten boat|
The founders of Burwash
came during the gold rush of 1903 but stayed on to establish a trading post
after the gold rush was over. They had
a very successful guiding business, as well but there is very little left
now. What had once been a very popular
resort only a couple of years ago, has now become a deserted building with
remains of some old boats sitting lakeside.
|Dahl Sheep |
We went into a very
modest looking building at Burwash Landing called the Kluane Museum of Natural
History. They had a very impressive
interior that was full of wildlife, most of them displayed behind glass
enclosures in realistic settings, others were not behind glass .
Kluane Lake is the
largest one in Yukon. It is a good
place to fish for whitefish, trout and chum salmon. This was a busy fish camp and many would
come here to trade before the Burwash Landing was established in 1904.
|Pine Lake Campground view|
We found a nice campsite
at Pine Lake Campground just past Haines Junction. It was a government park with large sites and
no water or power but very reasonable rates.
We had a walk around the park and there were some very rustic but interesting
sights to see before ending our day sitting around the campfire telling stories.
Loving this. Takes me back to special tourism visits into Haines for a Convention, by bus, to Skagway on the ferry then a ride on The White Pass and Yukon and on through Carcross back to Whitehorse. Also another Convention in Whitehorse. Such an education.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joy. Stay tuned.... we have lots more to share. We were at those places, too!ReplyDelete