Yukon Territory

Alaska Highway to Kluane Lake

9 November 2013 - Saturday

Friends visiting from the Lower Mainland prompted us to head out for a drive. It wasn't long before we were at Kluane Lake. The blue sky was brilliant.  The snow sparse.

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
Alaska Highway heading towards Kluane Lake in the distance

A favourite spot of mine is Silver City, on the south shore of Kluane Lake.

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
Kodi, Steve and Ursa on the beach in the sunshine!

As we stood admiring the scenery, Steve noticed a fin swimming by.

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
Chum Salmon along the shore of Kluane Lake, likely for spawning

The wind was chilly. An old frostbite zone on my cheek started to burn so we headed back to the car and drove back to Silver City for some exploring.

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
This roadhouse continues to disintegrate

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
The view from a hillside overlooking Silver city

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
Kodi & Ursa looking for lunch

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
A favourite historical cabin

Back to our cars to continue the drive around the lake to an area by Soldier's Summit.
The wind was whipping from west to east, creating lines of snow on fresh ice on the lake.

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
Kluane Lake ice and fog

On our way to the viewpoint we saw Dall Sheep on Sheep Mountain.

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
Dall Sheep

The sheep were thick coated and chubby.

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
Mom and her young one, I think.

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
More Dall Sheep in the distance

Alaska Highway - Kluane Lake area
And more sheep ...

From here we headed to Haines Junction and then home. Our friends decided to stay at a hotel in the Junction and do more exploring tomorrow.

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