Yukon Territory

Pine Lake to Whitehorse, Yukon

5 September 2009

Every day starts with a good dog walk.  Tazz has taken to sand and water, so she was very excited at the beach!  Jake was scrounging for something or other ...

Pine Lake Yukon government campground near Haines Junction
Jake and Tazz enjoying the beach and water on their morning walk at Pine Lake, Yukon

Neither dog was interested in the bird near the dock.

Pine Lake Yukon government campground near Haines Junction
Bird enjoying a morning dip at Pine Lake, Yukon

Pine Lake Yukon government campground near Haines Junction
And a morning stroll!

It seems every Yukon campground has a sign that warns of a bear in the area. 

Pine Lake Yukon government campground near Haines Junction
Signs, sign, everywhere a sign ...

The dog walk included a stroll out to the Alaska Highway for a view of the mountains to the west, plus the clouds skimming the mountain tops.

Pine Lake Yukon government campground near Haines Junction
The Alaska Highway near the entrance to the Pine Lake Yukon gov't campground, looking west 

On the road again, heading south towards Whitehorse, it doesn't take long to reach Canyon Creek.

Southbound Alaska Highway to Whitehorse
Nearing Canyon Creek southbound towards Whitehorse

The gas station and campground at the Otter Falls cut-off was closed this year.   Last year their fuel prices were the cheapest in the area, so it was disappointing to see their doors locked. (2012 Note: Otter Falls is now open 24/7 year round and has the cheapest fuel in this area).

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

About 60 miles outside of Whitehorse, the landscape becomes flatter and not as interesting.

Southbound Alaska Highway to Whitehorse
The sign indicated there are 108 km to drive to Whitehorse, Yukon

In Whitehorse, we wanted to get fuel, fill with water, dump the tanks and buy groceries. Also on the list was stocking up on the excellent beer made by the Yukon Brewing Company.

There is a dump station is next door to the Whitehorse Wal-Mart.  It was late afternoon and the parking lot was beginning to fill with RVers.  It was interesting watching the "parking lot politics" while Steve took care of the black & grey tanks.

Walmart camping in Whitehorse, Yukon
Wal-Mart camping in Whitehorse, Yukon

Walmart camping in Whitehorse, Yukon
Sign in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Whitehorse

No, we didn't stay the night at Wal-Mart!  And I can't recommend using the dump station next door as the concrete slopes the wrong way and your tank won't dump completely!

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