Yukon Territory

Pink Mountain BC to Watson Lake YT, Alaska Highway

1 July 2012 - Sunday

This was day 3 of a 4 day car trip from Vancouver to Whitehorse with my niece. We were tenting it rather than being in an RV. This was my niece's first trip to Yukon.

Today was a GREAT day for wildlife. This section of the Alaska Highway is amazing.
First we saw this very calm Thinhorn Sheep.

Thinhorn Sheep
Close up and personal

Thinhorn Sheep near Muncho Lake, B.C.
Thinhorn Sheep licking salt on the shoulder of the Alaska Highway

Thinhorn Sheep near Muncho Lake, B.C.

Then some wood bison. These creatures are massive! Well, except for the cute little young ones!

Wood Bison along the Alaska Highway

Wood Bison along the Alaska Highway

Wood Bison along the Alaska Highway

Next was a black bear but because I was driving and it was quick, I didn't get a picture.

Then the highlight of the day near Iron Creek Lodge, a grizzly sow with two of the cutest cubs. The family was enjoying the fresh dandelion greens alongside the highway.

Grizzly sow with two cubs along the Alaska Highway
The blonde cub stayed fairly close to mom grizzly

Grizzly sow with two cubs along the Alaska Highway
The darker coloured cub was a real rascal, running hither dither on its own

Grizzly sow with two cubs along the Alaska Highway
The blonde cub with mom again

Grizzly sow with two cubs along the Alaska Highway
Blondie again, looking very cute

Grizzly sow with two cubs along the Alaska Highway
Mother grizzly on her own

This evening we stayed at the Watson lake Yukon gov't campground. A very nice spot. Even though it was the Canada Day long weekend there were plenty of sites available at 7 p.m. when we arrived.

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