Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

Drive to Kluane Lake for lunch - Alaska Hwy

11 April 2015 - Saturday

I was tired this morning, having been up most of the night photographing the Northern Lights. However, the blue skies and warm sunshine were tempting and are all that is needed to take a drive for a picnic lunch by the shores of Kluane Lake.

As we pulled out of our driveway, the first wildlife of the day was nearby. The Takhini Elk herd were resting on a south facing hill, also enjoying the sunshine.

Elk on a south facing hill
Elk resting on a south facing slope

Elk herd
Elk enjoying the warmth and resting

The sky cleared even more as we neared Kluane Lake. Soon the lake was in view.

Approaching Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake in the distance, with Sheep Mountain as a backdrop

There's a nice gravel pull-off on the south end of the lake. It is a good spot to walk the dogs and enjoy the views while munching lunch.

Kluane Lake with ice
Sheep Mountain on the right and ice on the lake

Walking the dogs at Kluane Lake
Walking the dogs on the lakeshore

Sheep Mountain across the lake
Sheep Mountain, ice on the lake and ice starting to melt

Kluane Ranges
Kluane Ranges, with the bridge over the Slims River lower centre

The Dall Sheep were also enjoying the sun on the south slope of Sheep Mountain. Some were grazing while others were resting.

Dall Sheep on the mountain
Dall Sheep on Sheep Mountain

The rams were grouped together, resting in the sun.

Dall Sheep resting
Dall sheep rams

Further along the highway, near the boat launch, there were a few sheep on the rocky face.

Dall Sheep feeding
Dall Sheep on the mountainside

Some of the sheep were further to the west on the south slope.

Dall Sheep in the distance
Dall sheep on the mountainside - the white dots in the centre of the image

Time to turn towards home...

Slims River and Kluane Ranges
Looking west on the Slims River

Ice covered lake
Ice covered lake with Kluane Ranges as backdrop

Alaska Highway
Alaska Highway - RV headed to Alaska!

Kluane Ranges
More mountain scenery to the west of the highway

Ursa on the lookout
Ursa is always hunting

Nearing Haines Junction, southbound.

Kluane Ranges and Alaska Highway in Yukon
Alaska Highway southbound

A nice day for a drive. Same old scenery, but it never gets boring!

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