The Journey south

Wednesday, September 01, 2004
 

August 30, 2004: We finally got picked up from the wilderness at Lake Matcharak.  We spent the night in the very luxurious hanger in Bettles, AK.

August 31, 2004: We flew back to Fairbanks -- back to mainstream civilization and smoke.  I had lunch with Sandy and John in Fairbanks and then dropped them off at Fairbanks Int'l Airport.  I ran a bunch of errands, planned a hiking trip over Chilkoot pass, and stayed the night at a motel in Fairbanks.

September 1, 2004: I felt sick when I woke up.  I aborted my plans to drive 14 hours/800 miles.  The dogs and I walked around some city parks and saw a nice museum, but really didn't do much.  On the plus side, heavy rain the previous night had eliminated the dreaded smokey conditions.  Things were clearing up.

September 2, 2004: The weather forecast called for rain everywhere I could reach in Alaska/Yukon/BC.  I cancelled my plans to hike the Chilkoot pass trail.  Waterton park in Alberta had a favorable forecast, so I began the long drive south.  Along the way, we did half-day hikes in Kluane Nat'l Park and Mucho Lake Provincial Park.


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Harding presidential car from 1923

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Approaching Lake Kluane on the ALCAN highwyay
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The dogs and Lake Kluane
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Harley
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Dall Sheep!
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The dogs again
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Soldier's summit, ceremonial completion of the ALCAN highway.
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Light fades
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Watson Lake sign forest.  The 3 signs from Dublin, OH, Decatur, IL, and Redmond, WA are still in the same place.