Sep. 3-4. From Delta Junction, about 60 miles south of Fairbanks, we have been traveling on the famous Alaska Highway, built during WWII after the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands. For the most part the highway is quite good, although there are spots where frost heaves require that we travel even slower than our normal limit of 50mph. Pulling a trailer seems to exaggerate the “bucking horse” feel of those frost heaves. Cars are few and far between and so are gas stations or any kind of human development whatsoever. We also hit a major construction area requiring a 30-minute wait and then completely coating our new car and trailer with construction dust and mud.
We have been very impressed with the scenery. At this latitude, fall has arrived already. The yellow birch and cottonwood trees contrast with the green “black” spruce and low-to-the-ground there are orange and red shrubs. The horizon is stretching many miles away, much like you would see in Nevada. Overall it is much more impressive than the fall color in New England because it is presented on such a grand scale.
We skirted along the edge of the gigantic Tetlin Wildlife reserve in Alaska, then along the Kluane National Park and Preserve in Yukon. One night we spent at a Yukon Government campground by a small lake, where we had a campfire for the first time. Then, after turning towards Haines at Haines Junction, we stayed in the Kluane National Park at Kathleen lake which is surrounded by towering mountains and whose water is fed by many glaciers in the St. Elias Ranges, which contains the tallest mountains in Canada. We have enjoyed this area more than Denali National Park and have resolved to return again wh
en we can spend more time.