December 8th 2005 9:25 pm
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Tues Oct 4
Dad and I awoke about 5:45 and resumed our journey up the Glenn Highway towards Tok. Alaska experienced a moderate earthquake in Nov 2002 (barely a month after Dad and I were there that year--close call!) and sections of the road were under repair. We had to drive over gravel breaks in the road surface.
Dad and I had breakfast in Tok and he mailed some postcards here using my personalized stamp ( a picture of it is in my dogster photos). We took a chilly walk here also as the temperature was only in the teens despite sunshine.
We drove the Alaska Highway to the Canadian Border thus leaving Alaska for the 2005 trip. We travelled as far as Haines Junction in the Yukon where we camped at Dzeadesh Lake in Kluane National Park. Dad and I had this campground all to ourselves tonite. It was a scenic camping spot with the snowcapped peaks of the St. Elias mountains rising over the windswept waters of the lake.
Wed Oct 5
We drove the Haines Highway (an offshoot of the Alaska Highway) to the summit regions in the Chilkat Pass area and did a bit of exploring here this morning. Dad stopped at a small cabin sitting all by itself on the windswept tundra. It was REALLY windy up here today and a bit rainy at times as well. The cabin was open since it was a public use cabin and Dad and I went inside. It felt good to stop in this warm cabin for a short visit. Dad signed the guest book here and told anybody who might read it about Dogster!.
At mid-day, we hiked the rock glacier trail in Kluane National Park. A rock glacier is like a traditional ice glacier in that the whole mass of rock slowly moves over the landscape. We ascended a good way up the rock glacier here via this trail and enjoyed spectacular views of Dzeadesh Lake and the St. Elias mountains.
At days end, we explored a dam across the Yukon River near Whitehorse. This dam was constructed by Yukon Energy and has tamed the once fearsome Whitehorse rapids although the waters of the Yukon were quite turbulent at the dam itself.
Dad and I stayed at the Marsh Lake Campground near Whitehorse tonite. The campground was closed, so Dad parked at the gate and backpacked our gear in to a site. Once again we had a campground all to ourselves!
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