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Anchorage Alaska to Whitehorse Yukon

28 March 2014 - Friday

Similar to my one-day drive to Anchorage, I was making the drive home in a single day.

Again, weather was spectacular and road was in great condition. Started at 5:30 a.m. Alaska time in the dark at Anchorage. Even at this early hour, the streets and highway were busy.

Had to wait until there was some brightness to take pictures.

Sun wasn't up yet as I headed east, this about 40 miles east of Palmer - N61.80193 W148.06406

At the Matanuska Glacier, the light was brightening!

Matanuska Glacier - N61.79826 W147.79914

At 7:25 a.m. Alaska time, the sun was on the mountaintops!

Evidence of sunshine - N61.79717 W147.76631

The sun was lighting more as I stopped to look back at Lions Head - N61.80366 W147.54344

Highway elevation about 3,300 feet.

The sun rising at Eureka Summit - N61.85295 W147.37156

Very scenic at 3,000 ft elevation - N61.91194 W147.27626

Filled with fuel at Glenallen and carried on to the Tok Cut-off.

At Chistochina - N62.56554 W144.66736

Stopped where the highway crosses over the very wide Chistochina River.

Looking southward over the Chistochina River - N62.60243 W144.63774

It was 10:30 a.m. AK time, after five hours on the road it was time for a bit of a rest.
The scenery looking into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve was worthy!

Time for a rest - N62.71625 W144.13287

Mount Sanford on the left and Mount Drum on the right

Mount Sanford's peak

An hour later neared the turn-off to Nabesna Road, a rough gravel road that takes travellers into the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. 

Eastbound on the Glenn Highway near the junction of Nabesna Road - N62.71849 W144.07958

A rough spot just before the Nabesna Road junction - N62.71823 W144.06367

Interesting snowy mound in the distance - N62.73453 W143.83328

In Alaska, there are signs regarding road issues.

Sign with flags - N62.82984 W143.70331

Arrived at Tok at 11:40 AK time, six hours after leaving Anchorage.
Weather was spectacular! South of Tok is Tanana River, with a stunning view towards Tok.

Alaska Hwy
Tanana River bridge

Not too far 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.

Alaska Hwy
Tetlin Junction on the Alaska Highway

Crews were plowing to open the Taylor Highway and announced it would open in April.

Alaska Hwy
Looking up the Taylor Highway from the Alaska Highway

Fueled up at Northway. Was at the Yukon-Alaska border at 2:30 p.m. Yukon time.

Alaska Hwy
The Yukon-Alaska border

Alaska Hwy
Looking back at the Alaska sign

Alaska Hwy
The highway had improvements between the border and Beaver Creek so was gravel for a bit

The Beaver Creek area has muskeg and little trees that do not grow tall unless permafrost melts.

Alaska Hwy
Looking to the west

At 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.

I stopped in Beaver Creek (my home town) for a sandwich.
Chatted with a friend while my sandwich was being made, then hit the road again.

Alaska Hwy
Looking east along the White River

Alaska Hwy
Looking south along the highway over the White River bridge

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

After crossing the Donjek River, I stopped to photograph the valley, sunshine and mountains.

Donjek River
Donjek River in the distance

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

Scullys Saloon at Mile 1118

Just before 6 p.m. Destruction Bay was on the horizon.

Destruction Bay
Approaching Destruction Bay, historical mile 1083

Kluane Lake
Southbound view of Kluane Lake, south of Destruction Bay

Alaska Hwy
Continuing southbound around Kluane Lake

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

Alaska Hwy
Looking back to the north and Kluane Lake

Filled with fuel in Haines Junction at 6:45 p.m.

Alaska Hwy
Paint Mountain, seen north of Haines Junction while driving to Whitehorse

Arrived home 13 hours after leaving Anchorage.
The GPS indicated 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!

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