After supper, it was time for another exploration of the area. As we headed south, we drove along the old Alaska Highway near the shore of the Lake.
First we headed towards the local airfield on the south side of the lake, where the Arctic Institute's Kluane Lake Research Station is located.
Nearby there was a property for sale, the site of a lodge along the old Alaska Highway alignment near Silver City. The original gas station sign still stood.
The highway has been re-routed through this area so no longer passes by this landmark, the Sheep Mountain Motel which is on the south side of Kluane Lake.
After checking the real estate, we ventured further down the road and saw a unique mailbox at the driveway of another property. I jumped out to get some pictures. As I was setting up the shot below, Jake (our big dog with lots of bear experience) started barking. I was busy so ignored his antics and also ignored Steve when he opened the truck window and hoarsely whispered, "Get in the truck!". Because I ignored him, Steve then exclaimed more loudly, "A grizzly just crossed the road behind the truck ... get in!". Thus, I only got one picture of the mailbox; fortunately it turned out well. And I have a good story to go with it!
Deciding that a grizzly trumped my desire to take pictures, we headed back towards Congdon Creek campground.
It was only 8 pm, the evening was lovely, and two dogs were a bit antsy, so the trailhead to Soldier's Summit beckoned. Located near the park information centre, this is a short hike along the original Alaska Highway roadbed.
Back at the parking lot and the start of the trail, the setting sun provided a nice contrast.
On the drive back, we continued to explore some of the little side roads, hoping to find a good spot to camp next year. There were numerous places off the highway that provided good views and private camping.
As the sun set at 10 p.m. we settled in front of the campfire back at the campground.