Bus needed a jump start this the morning. Suspected the cooler temperatures to be the cause. Ran into the longest stretch of construction on the trip, about 10 miles of caravanning through dust and mud. We drove from Nugget City, YK to Pine Lake Provincial Park which is situated to the east of Haines Junction, YK. Canada's Provincial Parks are equivalent to our state parks. We saw about 7 elk, one moose, a bald eagle and a free range horse (haha).
No cell service yesterday or today. Going long distances without fuel or grocery stores (we don't eat out at restaurants on the road, though some local eateries look tempting!). We did fine without using any of the fuel reserves.
As we approached Haines Junction, we could see smoke rising from a forest fire in the distance. The large plumes reached high into the atmosphere. There were no warning signs, wind was blowing in another direction and it wasn't smoky so we stayed with a handful of others in the park. We grilled brats and had some locally made beef and barley soup with carrots and chips. We had to be extra careful cooking and disposing of trash because we were in thick, remote bear country. After dinner the dogs jumped into the frigid Pine Lake and played on the beach while we enjoyed the cooler weather and watched the forest fire smoke. Views from the boat launch included snow-capped mountains, the setting sun shining a purple light on the smoke cloud, a steep & large rock face rising next to the lake with turquoise water. Loons and ducks were coming and going. If this wasn't a dry camping campground, it would have been our favorite, though I secretly think it was Pete's favorite! Pete mentioned that the Yukon was his second favorite part of the trip. Stay tuned for his favorite part, and mine too! --next to the buffalo of course.
Hello, I am Melissa, owner of Wild North Design. Recently, my husband and I decided to pick up and move to Alaska. This dream has been a couple years in the making and we are enjoying the journey so far. We love to learn and make all kinds of things. From wood craft, to painting, to vehicles, landscaping, building, exploring...we love it all! We are finding out that Alaska is a great fit for our restless minds and bodies! Excited for what the future holds for our expanding family!
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