Day 9 – Muncho Lake, BC to Whitehorse, YT

Miles today: 443

Total Miles: 3626

Leaving Muncho Bay, BC, the terrain remained much the same but the road began to widen and level out as I left the Muncho Lake Provincial Park.  I still can’t believe the raw beauty of the area and the jewel of a hotel/lodge.

Today’s drive wasn’t as exciting as yesterday as I began to leave the mountains, or, maybe, its that I’m on scenery overload.  Everywhere you look there are small, large, and really big creeks and rivers and lakes.  The Laird River, the Teslin River, and the Yukon being the largest.  Quite frankly, these rivers make the rivers at home look like muddy bogs.

There are lakes and ponds everywhere.  It is so hard to describe the raw beauty and almost as hard to stop and take pictures.  Again, imaging a Texas FM or RR but being the major highway with no guardrails and little if no shoulder.  The few times I did stop I had to make sure I didn’t have and traffic within a mile or two.  Although, that was easier than it sounds.

Otherwise, a pretty routine drive.  The only thing I’ve noticed is that traffic is beginning to pick up the closer I get to Alaska.  Oh, and forget cool weather, it was close to 90degrees in Whitehorse today – and no a/c.  It’s a neat town, but its really uncomfortable when its this hot.

Here are some pictures from today.

This is the Trout River which flows out of Muncho Lake.  This was the first hour or so of the drive.

Next was the Laird River.  While they look similar, the Laird River is two to three times the size of the Trout.

So, the Laird River Basin host a population of Wood Bison.  A cousin of the Plains Bison, this is a group of cows, calves, and young bulls.  I was stopped for construction where these were feeding.  Ironically, the road has allowed plentiful grass to grow and the Bison, while few in number, congregate in the area between the pavement and the forest.  Needless to day I don’t want to find out the damage they could cause to a vehicle. 

This is a full grown bull laying in a “waller” dug out into the side of the road.  I would estimate he weighs north of 2,000lbs.  Just a few miles before this, a full grown bull walked into the highway and laid down!  Fortunately, I could drive around, but several large trucks and RV’s weren’t so lucky.

Next, and I know the picture isn’t the best, is an Arctic Lupine.  We call them Bluebonnets in Texas.

The next three pictures are from Whitehorse, YT (Yukon Territory), Canada.

Yukon River (The water is really that blue.)

Native totem pole.

 

“Sea” gulls.

An old train used by miners in the 1800’s.