Yukon Territory

Million Dollar Falls YT to Haines Summit on Haines Road

25 May 2013 - Saturday morning

There are numerous paths around the Million Dollar Falls Yukon gov't campground. This morning we enjoyed our dog walk around a small lake. The trail has some logs lying across it here and there, but these are easily bypassed or simple to step over.

Million Dollar Falls CG
Small lake on the south side of the Million Dollar Falls Yukon Gov't campground

A short while later it was time to head out.

Haines Road
Leaving on the campground road, looking eastward

The blue skies were cooperating ! The highway was quiet and we enjoyed meandering along.

Haines Road
Heading south along the Haines Highway

The highway's elevation continues to increase. Soon one feels they are on the mountaintops. The scenery is wonderful!

Haines Road
Looking west from the Haines Road

The Tatshenshini-Alsek Park is a very popular destination for world travellers. Many enjoy rafting on the Tatshenshini River or the Alsek River.  The Tat flows into the Alsek deep in the mountains. In 2000, our rafting trip on the Alsek River was a once in a lifetime adventure!

Haines Road
Entering the Tatshenshini-Alsek Park in British Columbia

Haines Road
Trees become more sparse as the elevation increases

Haines Road
One can see forever!

Haines Road
The views don't quit

Time for lunch so we pulled into a scenic gravel parking area along the highway.

Haines Road
Lunch stop

Haines Road
View southwestward from our lunch stop

As we were getting out of the truck, there was a loud clatter of noise! At first, I thought an old cackling witch was out to get us! We couldn't figure out what it was! The noises were in every direction and the source wasn't obvious!  THEN we saw it ... a Willow Ptarmigan. Then we saw another, and another and another, and so it went!

These ptarmigan have the most amazing and comical vocalization! I chuckle thinking about it!

Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan

Back on the road ... headed to Haines AK

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