Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day #13: Alaska Highway, Part 2

Traveled through British Columbia and Yukon Territory
High temp: 66     Low temp: 47             Partly cloudy

Today we made the drive from Muncho Lake to Whitehorse, YT.  While it wasn't the longest in mileage, it sure felt long in hours.  We were on the road by 7am- you can tell we are getting excited about approaching the end of our journey!  It's a good thing we did, too, because the going was very slow at times.  On the Alaksa Highway, all of the road maintenance has to be done in the short summer months.  We came upon stretches that were closed completely due to road work.  Every 20 minutes or so they took a break to let the traffic through.  We didn't end our day of driving until about 4pm.  We are still on Pacific time and haven't seen darkness in days...the sun is out when we go to bed and when we wake up.

Muncho Lake, BC 

Float plane at the Northern Rockies Lodge (where we stayed)

The Wonderdog got a well-deserved swim last night!

The scenery has been beautiful- lots of mountains and rivers.  Today, since we got on the road so early, we also had an impromptu wildlife safari.  We started a tally of what we have seen that we will share at the end of our trip.  Today we saw several black bears and bison, as well as some soaring bald eagles.

Contrary to what you may believe, the Alaska Highway itself is not all too exciting. Other than the occasional run-down lodge/gas staion/RV park combo, there's not much to do other than enjoy the lack of civilization.  That can get old after awhile.  We are SO ready to be back in the US tomorrow night.  Canada has treated us well, but it just doesn't feel like home.  We are stopping just over the border in Tok tomorrow, and then it's just two days til Homer!  Just in time, because we are just about ready for this journey to be complete.  There are only so many nights eating dinner out in restaurants and sleeping in hotels that one can take with two kids!

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