Yukon Territory

Whitehorse to Haines Junction, Yukon
on the Alaska Highway

31 August 2009 - Monday

Because we have visited Whitehorse many times, it is now just a quick stop for us, to
re-stock the shelves and clean up. This we did, and then headed out at about 4 p.m., knowing it was just a couple of hours of good highway to Haines Junction.

Leaving Whitehorse, the scenery is rolling hills.  

Whitehorse to Haines Junction on the Alaska Hwy
Northbound on the Alaska Highway (with some small frost heaves) north of Whitehorse

There are numerous ranches and outfitters located northwest of Whitehorse.

Whitehorse to Haines Junction on the Alaska Hwy
Looking east from the Alaska Highway north of Whitehorse

Approaching Haines Junction, the hills grow into mountains. The evening was warm and the skies blue, so it was a perfect time to be driving north.

Whitehorse to Haines Junction on the Alaska Hwy
Northbound on the Alaska Highway between Whitehorse and Haines Junction

Before Haines Junction there is a very long straight stretch. It seems to go on forever.

Whitehorse to Haines Junction
Northbound on the Alaska Highway between Whitehorse and Haines Junction

A left curve near Pine Lake Yukon Gov't campground turns travellers towards the Kluane Range. The mountains provide a lovely backdrop as vehicles head west.

Whitehorse to Haines Junction on the Alaska Hwy
Approaching Haines Junction
 

Tonight we decided to stay in a commercial campground owned by people whose kids I grew up with in Beaver Creek. Kluane RV Park is similar to most other commercial campgrounds in the north ... a gravel parking lot with posts sticking out of the ground.

We usually ask for a spot away from others so our dogs have some room to move. Most of the other overnighters were parked in a row near the main office, likely hoping to access the Wi-Fi from their rigs. I washed laundry and sat outside on the deck, but was not able to get internet access. The next morning I successfully accessed the internet and also on our trip south.

Kluane RV Park in Haines Junction
A perfect evening at Kluane RV Park in Haines Junction

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