Start: Muncho Lake, British Columbia, Canada (10AM)
End: Destruction Bay, Yukon Territory, Canada (11PM)
Our best (most efficient) driving day, I think. We didn’t do as many miles, but that was due more to the road than us. Part of what this day feel great was that we were actually on the Alaska Highway by mid-afternoon – felt so much closer to our goal, and really started to realize how far we had already come. The trip felt a lot more manageable being two days, not six. And when we reached our stopping point for the night, we knew that the next night would be in my apartment in Anchorage! (but actually ended up being a motel because it was so late and I had no furniture or anything there).
Highlights: Seeing a herd of 80-100 wood bison on the ride of the road. Driving into the Yukon Territory and realizing we’d pay less for gas, and as it turns out would actually have roadside bathrooms (BC doesn’t). Watson Lake, where we were practically overrun by RVs but saw two Northwest Territory license plates, as well as the Sign Post Forest (it’s worth a look – none of the sites I found about it, including the one above, give sufficient indication of how freaking big this thing is). Stopping in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, with not one but TWO McDonalds. Mount Logan (or was it Mount Hubbard?) in the distance. Kluane Lake and its accompanying park – really, really amazing. Looked like another world. Taking a “glamor shot” of the Subaru (covered in highway dust) in front of the mountains and the lake. The Talbot Arm Motel, where we stopped for the night, with its logo of a grizzled old gold miner or something. Splitting a bottle of wine to celebrate (early) our trip – “house” wine, Sawmill Creek, from Ontario.
Lowlight: As always, we put in a lot of hours that day, and didn’t get to stop as often as we might have. Being in the car for 12 hours a day was also really beginning to wear on me, and probably Mom as well, as if my legs were just stitching themselves to the seats. We tried to make semi-frequent stops on the side of the road to walk around, to look at the amazing scenery, and because there was really no one on the road, so it would be easy to just stop on the side of the road anyway. More mosquitoes, though still not as bad as in Regina.
We had one more (extremely long) day of driving left, but we’re almost there!
PS – if you can to go to Kluane Lake, do it. I would go back.