Thursday, August 4, 2016

2016 Epic Road Trip - Day 76

Day 76 Thursday
July 28, 2016
Beaver Creek, YK to Haines, AK

Headed from Beaver Creek, YK southward along the eastern side of the Wrangell-St. Elias mountain range.  This section of the Alaska Highway seems to be right on the border of the Yukon and Alaska.

Passed through Burwash Landing and saw the largest gold pan in the world.  At least, that’s what the locals say.

A few miles later I passed through Destruction Bay.  This town was a stopping point for military truckers using the Alaska Highway back in the 1940s.  There were stopping points every 100 miles along the highway so that the truckers could take a break, fix their trucks & change tires, etc.  A horrible storm blew up and demolished the buildings, and so the truckers named the area accordingly.  

A bit farther south I passed the Kluane Lake area.  Breathtakingly beautiful.  It is a glacier-fed lake, and the water was bright turquoise.  Picture-perfect against the blue sky and purple of the mountains.

Between the communities, there was nothing except wilderness.  From the Yukon, I entered British Columbia again...

Still haven't seen any closeup Dahl sheep or longhorns, except like this.

The Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is situated along the rivers I drove alongside, about 3 miles wide and 30 miles long.  Didn't see any eagles, or any other birds, but their interpretive signs were fun to read.

Finally through B.C. and into Alaska again, via Customs & Border Patrol.

Sign at a gas station in Haines, AK

80% of the world's swans land up here.  This is a trumpeter swan.

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