Teslin Lake is only 133 miles south of Whitehorse—we’re getting there. If everything goes as planned, we will be in Anchorage to pick up supplies in a little over a day and a half.
It’s hard to believe we fit everything in today and still made our destination. It was a big day for wildlife. We saw many buffalo, a black bear, grizzly bear, and this moose and her baby.
Muncho Lake is a popular stopping place on the highway. Planning the trip to include a stop there would be nice. It is brilliant turquoise and fills a wide valley with a backdrop of mountains in the distance.
Liard River Hotsprings, $5 per person, exceeded expectations. We changed into our suits in the camper then a short trek on a boardwalk took us to the 108 to 126 degree springs. The hot sulfur pool soaked away the road weariness. The area around the springs supports more than 250 boreal forest plants,including 14 orchid species. Signage warned of bears, but we did not see any. Thankfully, because flip flops and a swim suit is not bear watching attire. After soaking until we were red, we ate our lunch and continued on down the road.
From the hot springs, Dan drove 65 to 70 mph. We passed several tempting stops, short hikes to overlooks or waterfalls. However, the salmon are scheduled to run and we want to see them.
Dan and I discussed how we would describe the Alaska Hwy. We decided in great spans of miles it is as good as any super two in the states. At its worst, it is like old Hwy 40 or Hwy 4 in the Flint Hills. At no time is it gravel. However, we can see where it has been repaired and the excellent quality of the road may be the time of the summer we are traveling it.
It is 12:15 pacific time as I write this. It didn’t get what I would call dark until 10:45. I am comfortable in a light jacket and I hear raindrops on the roof. It rains most afternoons and sometimes nights.