Alaska's Winter Horizon

Alaska's Winter Horizon

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Trip, Tok to Haines Junction, Canada

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We got up to a rainy Sunday morning in Tok.
 After a huge breakfast, we made our way into the Yukon Territory of Canada.

  It was the first time any of us had visited Canada.
 Some sections of the Alaska Highway here were somewhat challenging as the road is on permafrost. There are many heaves, potholes, and bumpy gravel parts of the road. We had to drive slowly but that was okay because we got to enjoy the scenery.
 Our first stop was in the small settlement of Beaver Creek. We got some highway and local information and continued on our way.

 The further along we got, the more beautiful the drive became.

 I spotted a movement near the edge of the road, and a coyote trotted up near the edge of the road. He then turned and made his way into the middle of a meadow. You might be able to see him in this photo.

 As we drove further, a bear crossed the road right in front of us.

He grazed right alongside the roadway and we were able to get some great shots of him. He was only about 15 feet from the car!
About 30 minutes later, Greg spotted a sow and 2 cubs in a meadow.
 Again, they were just feet from us! We stopped and watched them for a bit.

Check out the claws on this little fellow!

 Didn't see anything else for awhile. As we got to the Kluane River and Kluane Lake area, the views were awesome!

We did spot a large cinnamon grizzly near the end of Kluane Lake.
 He was farther from the road and kept his distance. We finally made it to Haines Junction about 8:30 and got a room at the Cozy Corner Motel for the night.

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