Yukon Territory

Haines Road km 107 to home on the Alaska Highway

8 May 2014 - Thursday

A nice night last night, not too chilly at all. Woke to some sunshine and the Willow Ptarmigan calling out. After breakfast it was time for our dog walk. There are ground squirrels throughout this area that get the dogs excited. Although it can be a real drag for the humans, literally! 

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Kodi ready to head out for a morning walk

This morning some of the female Willow Ptarmigan were out, but they seem shyer than the males.

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Female willow ptarmigan turning tail and running

This area is scenic with few trees blocking the view.

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Looking south on the Haines Road

The female Willow Ptarmigan were whiter than the males. They'll change to a summer coat though.

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Can you see the two females running?

We were on the road heading home by 9 a.m.

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Northbound on the Haines Road

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Avalanche areas make interesting marks in the spring

Then back into Yukon - yippee!

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Yukon border sign

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Haines Road northbound in Yukon - last year we saw a cow moose in this area, nothing this year

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Northbound towards Dezadeash Lake

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Kathleen River - east side of the highway

There is a great sign before Haines Junction, at a nicely paved rest area.

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Haines Junction in the distance and the Kluane Ranges as a backdrop

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Paint Mountain in the distance on the left

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Looking south on the Dezadeash River

There seemed to be some smoke in the area around Haines Junction. We could smell it too.

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The Alaska Highway is on the left and ahead

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Paint Mountain, again

South of Haines Junction there was a Mule Deer in the ditch. This is the first time we've seen a deer this far north and west in Yukon. It did not stay still for very long.

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Mule deer

Spring in Yukon!

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Marshall Creek

See my Willow Ptarmigan page for more images of these birds from yesterday, if you are interested.

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