June 15 – Haines Junction, Yukon Canada

Drizzly start to the drive, but at least it is not a downpour. Non-eventful drive

except for the construction sections – drive slow and don’t follow too close.along the way 1

When they do construction, they do both lanes at the same time and use flaggers to let you drive right through the construction zone – even on muddy subbase.

Did see the world’s largest weathervane.DSC_0001

No window chips this time.

As we got closer to Haines Junction the mountains continued to get bigger and bigger – still snow covered – and why not the weather the last few days has been 40 in the morning and 50 in PM – getting used to this cooler weather – it is so much easier to do things when it isn’t so hot.DSC_0087

Kluane RV Park is a gas station with a parking lot in the back.

We have full hook ups and there is only 3 campers here out of 80 sites. Later in the day there were about 16 campers – place won’t last long. They do charge $6 per gallon for the gas.

There is the Dezadeash River Trail adjacent to the park and we did numerous hikes in-between the rain.

Went to the Visitor’s Center and found our hiking trails and watched the movie – probably one of the best movies I have seen about NPs. Kluane is a spectacular park. Established in 1972.

The unfortunate thing about this park is that if you want to see the real wonders – glaciers and Mount Logan (which is the highest mountain in Canada and 2nd in North America) you have to hike for 3 or 4 days to get there, which is beyond our comfort zone.

Have rain now and it continued all night – not hard but continuously.

Friday we are heading south on the Haines Highway to explore – because on Saturday there is a bike relay (1100 bikes) on that road all the way to Haines, Alaska – I guess it’s a big deal in this area.

First stop was a kiosk about Kluane and other NPs in Alaska as being a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, a globally significant mountain wilderness.

It contains the largest non-polar ice fields in the world. And the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations were the first inhabitants and still live in the park.

Second stop was Kathleen Lake.

Tried to take a walk along the lake but it started to rain more and the dogs were getting wet. The water is cold as this lake is fed from the glaciers and it is very clear.

Third stop was at Rock Glacier Trail and we hiked all the way to the top.

Seeing these “bear warning” signs DSC_0062continues to put some fear and trepidation in me. What would I do if a bear approached us? Watched a movie yesterday about if a bear approaches you and I don’t know if I have the guts to stand face to face with the bear – they tell you especially “do not run”.

Then we took a drive up Mush Lake Trail and it turned into a 4×4 vehicle road and we quickly turned around.

Saw Dezadeash Lake, a shallow (12 feet deep) body of water that is filled from the glaciers.

Finally – Finally – we saw a moose. Driving by a bog or swamp and noticed it in the water. Couldn’t get my camera set up fast enough to get a pic in the water but did get him as he moved away.

And we saw the Quill River which is again being fed from the glaciers.

Stopped at the Kluane NP VC and Brenda got her dog tag for completing the Xplorer book.

Still raining and about 45 degrees F – a little chilly.

I’ve noticed in the northern part of Canada that all fuel tanks are above ground – would assume the rock and pollution is avoided this way.

Saturday we woke up to 2 inches of snow but what else would you expect when you are above the 60 degree Latitude line. Now we are dealing with 35 degree weather and sloppy.

Took off this afternoon for the Kluane’s other visitor’s center on the other end of the park. A most beautiful drive despite the low hanging clouds.

Didn’t see any wildlife along the way, until we got to the VC and with a high powered scope you could see Dall sheep grazing on the side of the mountain. Even got out my long lens and saw some white dots.

Did take some pictures of Haines Junction when we returned. Stopped by the “muffin”

and a catholic church (Our Lady of the Way) built from a Quonset hut in 1954 used during the construction of the Alaskan Hwy.

Went to dinner at 1016 Pub and Grub – local watering hole. The milepost of the Alaskan Highway. We finally tried Poutine – which is French fries with cheese curd covered in gravy – not bad – hate to think of the calories.

Weather finally cleared and got some pics of mountains in our backyard.

Sunday is off to Alaska.

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