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Our Drive North to Alaska
We decided this year to bring the 5th Wheel back up from Kansas to the Park. The harsh summer sunshine in Kansas was not doing the camper any good (we had to replace the rubber roof) and we weren’t using it much. So we decided to use it as a rental in the Park.
We left Lawrence on April 12th headed north to Seattle with a stop in Scottsbluff, Neb. at Debbie and Paul’s. Then after a couple of minor break downs (2004 GMC truck!), we made it to Christine and Mark’s in Kirkland, WA. On the 18th, we crossed over into Canada and started up the Frasier River Valley to meet the ALCAN highway just north of Fort St. John, BC (British Columbia). I still think it is the prettiest and quickest way from Seattle to the ALCAN. The weather was cool and sometimes rainy, but no snow and such a beautiful drive.
By the 20th we arrived in Fort Nelson, BC and stayed at our normal campground north of town.
The next morning we woke up to 5 inches of wet snow.
The roads were clear and the forecast was good although we had to climb over the crest of the northern Rockies that day. It turned out that the sun came out, the snow melted and we had a beautiful trip over the mountains.
It is always a joy to see all the wildlife on our trip north. We soon came upon a herd of Mountain Sheep grazing along the Highway. We slowed down and crept up along the side of the two out in the highway. They were so busy licking the salt off the road (used to melt the snow), they didn’t even move out of the way. So we stopped and took their picture.
North from there before you get to Watson Lake, Yukon, we began to see Buffalo grazing along the side of the road. At first there was quite a bit of snow on the sides of the road; however, as we drove further to the west the snow had melted and soon the sun came out. That night we stayed in Watson Lake, Yukon.
The Alcan Highway from Watson Lake runs west along the southern border of the Yukon toward Whitehorse. We saw a black bear at the edge of the woods, but it went back in the woods before we could get a photo. It is a pretty drive especially along Teslin Lake and the Tlingit village of Teslin. There is an interesting Museum in the town about the Tlingit Heritage.
That evening we stayed in the town of Haynes Junction where the Alcan heads north along the St. Elias Mountains seen off in the distance. This range of mountains extends along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska all the way from Glacier Bay to the border of Alaska and the Wrangle Mountains. Mt. Logan at it’s northern end is only 619 feet lower than Denali, the tallest in North America.
The next day, April 23rd we travel north past Kluane Lake and cross the border into Alaska, just above Beaver Creek, Yukon. The roads between Beaver Creek and Tok were really bad with lots of broken surfaces and frost heaves. We stayed the night in Tok, AK, then onto Anchorage the next day. With a stop at Costco to buy our supplies for the summer, we drove on down to Kasilof RV Park the next day.
It was 4224 miles in 13 days with partial day stops in Scottsbluff, Kirkland and Anchorage.