Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

Tok AK to Haines Junction YT - Alaska Highway

28 March 2014 - Friday continued

I was now on the Alaska Highway for the final leg home, carrying on from the six hour morning drive from Anchorage to Tok.

Weather continued to be spectacular! Just south of Tok is the Tanana River, with a stunning view back towards Tok.

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Tanana River bridge

Not too much south of Tok is Tetlin Junction, where you'd turn if you wanted to visit Chicken or Eagle on the Taylor Highway. Or drive to Dawson City on the Top of the World Highway.

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Tetlin Junction on the Alaska Highway

Crews were plowing to open the Taylor Highway to Eagle apparently, with the announcement that it was indeed open during the first week of April.

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Looking up the Taylor Highway from the Alaska Highway

Filled the car with fuel at Northway, then on the road again, anxious to get home!
Was at the Yukon-Alaska border at 2:30 p.m. YT time.

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The Yukon-Alaska border

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Looking back at the Alaska sign

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The Alaska Highway has had many improvements between the border and Beaver Creek so is gravel for a bit

The Beaver Creek area has much muskeg and little trees that will never grow tall unless the permafrost melts...

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Looking to the west

At the Canadian customs at Beaver Creek, I was asked how long I'd been in Alaska and why. Then asked about firearms and knives. And what was I bringing back--I handed over the list of items/toys I'd bought at the outfitters store.

Then I stopped in Beaver Creek (my home town) to pick up a sandwich to go, chatted quickly with an old friend while my sandwich was being made, then hit the road again.

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Looking east along the White River

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Looking south along the highway over the White River bridge (sure miss the old White River bridge!)

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Continuing south, approaching the White River Lodge, just on the right at the bend in the road

After crossing the Donjek River and climbing out of the valley, I stopped for some photographs of the valley, the sunshine and the mountains.

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Donjek River in the distance

The Kluane Wilderness Village as been closed for years. Many people ask about Scullys Saloon though, here at historical mile 1118, also closed for many, many years.

Scullys Saloon at Mile 1118

It was getting late in the afternoon, so I kept making miles.
Just before 6 p.m. Destruction Bay was on the horizon.

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Approaching Destruction Bay, historical mile 1083

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Southbound view of Kluane Lake, south of Destruction Bay

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Continuing southbound around Kluane Lake

On the south end of the Kluane Lake, an RV was in the rest area. South of the rest area I took a photo looking back to the north, with the RV sort of visible on the lower right.

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Looking back to the north and Kluane Lake

Filled with fuel in Haines Junction at 6:45 p.m.
Hit the road again with just 45 minutes from home, which is this side of Whitehorse.

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Paint Mountain, seen southbound out of Haines Junction

Arrived home at 7:30 p.m., 13 hours after leaving Anchorage.

The GPS tells me I was moving for 11.5 hours of that time, so was stopped for 1.5 hours. That is an hour longer than I was stopped for my drive to Anchorage! Too many picture stops, I guess.

Average speed while moving was 93 km/h (58 mph) over the 1,074 km (667 miles) distance. Phew! It was a long day and it felt good to be home!

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