Yukon Territory

Frenchman Lake YT on the Frenchman Tatchun Road

01 July 2008 - Happy Canada Day!

It rained overnight so the ground was damp in the morning.  Again, with the urge to see what was around the next corner and over the next hill, we decided to move on to the next campground, Nunatuk, about 25 km down the road. 

The road remained decent for a gravel road, but it narrowed considerably.  We also had to watch for overhead branches and trees.

Road between Tatchun and Frenchman Lakes, Yukon
Gravel road between Tatchun Lake and Nunatuk Yukon Gov't campgrounds

Road between Tatchun and Frenchman Lakes, Yukon
Sign marking entrance to Nunatuk Yukon Gov't campground

The campsites at Nunatuk were high above the lake on a loop road.  There was no view of the lake from any of the sites. We drove down to the lake and discovered many other campers had the same idea.After a quick debate, we decided to try our luck at Frenchman Lake, 8 km further.  The road continued in the same condition ... good gravel.

Frenchman Lake also had a handful of local families camped in an open area. We lucked out as there was a very nice lakeside site. Once again the canoe came off the rack and Steve headed out for some fishing, although the lake was a bit choppy.

Frenchman Lake, Yukon
Frenchman Lake was a bit windy when we arrived

Into the evening, the skies cleared and the lake started to calm down.  The sun shone late into the night, and the campfire did not seem to be the same in daylight.

Campsite at Frenchman Lake, Yukon
Campsite at Frenchman Lake at 10:30 in the evening 

Campsite at Frenchman Lake, Yukon
Campsite at Frenchman Lake at 10:30 in the evening

The long daylight hours and clear skies provided a nice sunset at Frenchman Lake.
The calmer water and tree-line provided for good photos.

Midnight sun at Frenchman Lake, Yukon
Sun setting at 11:15 p.m. on Frenchman Lake

Midnight sun at Frenchman Lake, Yukon
Frenchman Lake at 11:30 p.m.

The clear night meant some chill in the air, which the campfire eased. We are staying up later and later each night as we adjust to the long daylight hours. It seems odd to go to bed when the sun is still shining!

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