Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

 Lake Creek on our way home, Yukon

2 September 2013 - Monday

It was a beautiful morning! Fresh cranberries in our oatmeal started the day right!
On the road headed towards home today ...

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Southbound just south of Lake Creek campground

The morning was perfect for picture taking. Again, while Steve drove I pointed the camera out the window and took pictures.

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Kluane Ranges visible to the west of the Alaska Highway

Glaciers and snowcaps visible in the distance to the west.

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Kluane Ranges and St. Elias Mountains and Kluane Wildlife Sanctuary

Soon it was the Donjek River again, this time looking westward from the bridge.

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Donjek River with Kluane Ranges in the background

Climbing on the highway out of the Donjek River Valley the view improves!

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Saint Clare Peak with the Donjek River below

The Shakwak Trench has many wetlands.

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Wetlands near the Kluane River

There's a memorial on the old Alaska Highway beside the Kluane River. Years ago when the river was running high it sometimes lapped at the highway's edge. I was also always curious about Lieutenant Small and how his memorial came to be here. Apparently he died in a jeep accident.  Most highway travellers aren't aware of this spot as the new Alaska Highway bypasses it.

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Lt Small Memorial Site

After a dog walk and some exploring on foot, we headed off again.

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Southbound on the Alaska Highway approaching the Duke River bridge

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The Duke River, looking west from the highway

Once again Kluane Lake filled the view with its colour!

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Kluane Lake seen from a spot just north of Burwash Landing

South of Destruction Bay the mountains tower above the highway.

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Kluane Ranges towering over the Alaska Highway along Kluane Lake

From a young age I've searched the slopes of Sheep Mountain for white dots. Sometimes the Dall Sheep are there, sometimes not. Today the sheep were on the south facing slope.

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See the white dots?

Working the telephoto lens helped a bit BUT the sheep were a long distance away!

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Dall sheep relaxing in the sun

While we were stopped at the visitor centre I took some shots to the west.

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View westward from the visitor centre at the base of Sheep Mountain

The historical site of Silver City was near. Good spot to stop to eat and relax in the sun.

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View of Kluane Lake and Sheep Mountain from near Silver City

I try to take a picture each year of this original lodge at Silver City.
It has changed in past decades. See my page dedicated to this historical site.

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Silver City lodge in September 2013

Silver City
And again in June 1996

After lunch and a light snooze in the sunshine it was time to hit the road again. It was a great weekend with much variety in Yukon's outdoors!  Love it all!

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