August 7, 2009

We finally got our mail about 10:30 this morning and we were on our way by 11. We headed North out of Skagway on the South Klondike Highway. This highway follows the Skagway River and the White Pass Trail of 1898. We stopped at the summit of White Pass at an elevation of 3,292 ft. which we climbed from sea level in 14 miles.

A few kilometers down the road was Summit Lake which is a very interesting area. It is a transition zone between the treed lower elevations and the true alpine above tree line and is very rocky.

We crossed the border into British Columbia, Canada at Fraser and met a very pleasant and friendly border patrol agent. We then stopped for lunch at Tutshi Lake.

A few miles from Tutshi Lake we crossed into Yukon Territory. At Carcross we turned onto the Tagish Highway, which is a 33 mile shortcut to the Alaska Highway (yes Bob & Jean this shortcut really was shorter!). We had to stop for 5 Ptarmagin crossing the road – they were in no hurry so Rex finally got out of the truck and herded them to the side of the road. We then turned on to the Alaska Highway and headed South. We traveled this section of the Alaska Highway on the trip up so this section will be a repeat. When we got to Teslin Lake we could see a lot of smoke in the distance- there is a really big fire ahead of us. We stopped at the Yukon Motel and RV Park in Teslin. It is very smoky here and is raining ash on us. Hopefully Rex’s asthma will not flare up.


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