The End of the Grand #RoadTrip2AK !
First glimpse of Kachemak Bay
Last day driving for #RoadTrip2AK Homer Bound!
I made it to Within the Wild's office in Anchorage!!
Quick stop in Palmer to send some mail
Road construction stop
Alaska--I made it!!
Well that was a dusty section of road!!
Road is all gravel through here!
More rock graffiti
Destruction Bay. Time to get gas and coffee!
Dall sheep on cliff overlooking lake.
Pictures are just not capturing these huge mountains and Icefields.
On to Alaska!!
Amazing opportunity to see migratory stopover of both tundra swans and trumpeter swans! Terrific little interpretive center with local birding expert!
Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre (closed)
Whitehorse seems so big.
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center. Also, unfortunately, closed.
A little bit rainy today. First rain I've had in Canada.
Tlingit Heritage Center. Unfortunately, closed still.
Coffee and maybe a cinnamon roll in Teslin.
Caribou in Road
Rock graffiti. Not graffiti on rocks, but small rocks carefully placed along the banks of the road to spell out names and phrases and symbols. At least 20 miles of this along the highway!
Leaving Watson Lake. This is the signpost forest with over 72,000 signposts left by travelers. This photo shows my favorites :)
Wild fire burn
Liard Hot Springs. 40F air, 110+F water. Ahhhhh
Bison! Saw 2 feeding by side of road.
Stone sheep licking salt from road.
This remote lodge was the only way I could report my credit card lost today!!
Folded Mountain. Perfect name.
Road River. Mile 422. Nice little store with hundreds of ball caps affixed to ceiling inside ( left from guests since 1979).
Ran into some mushers snacking their dogs. They are from Michigan and headed to Alaska.
The Testa store has road signs down the mountain about their cinnamon rolls. Warm cinnamon rolls. "Stop now, we're open" they proclaim. Nope. They were closed. I cannot tell you how disappointed I am right now.
The Fort Nelson Aquatic Center is amazing! I swam, slid down a three-story spiraling water slide, used the steam sauna, and relaxed in the ultra large U-shaped hot tub. Only 4 people (including me) were there. The Rec Center also has an ice rink, curling area, climbing wall, and indoor elevated walking track. So clean and well-kept. The locker room looked like it belonged in a boutique hotel. Wish I was able to enjoy it in the future!
You know you are in Canada when the rec center has a separate curling club
Wildfire burn. Both sides of road had burn right to the edge. This road was closed temporarily a few days ago.
Gas at Pink Mountain (pic from postcard, they were doing construction on the pumps and it was a mess)
Mile 80. Smoky from fires.
Dawson Creek! Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway (yes, it's in Canada).
Grand Prairie is overwhelming. So built up and busy. Will just get gasoline and then be on my way.
Interpretive Center in Grande Cache
Grande Cache gets its name from the winter caches of furs that trappers placed here in elevated cabins.
Highway of Wildlife Sanctuary. Caribou crossing sign
Goodbye Jasper National Park!
Drat, the hot springs are closed.
Lake Talbot. A fire from 2003 destroyed most of the forest on the slopes here. But you can see the recovery taking place. Look for the lion on the water
Near Talbot Lake.
Day 8! After a day off from driving, I'll be leaving the lovely town of Jasper and heading to Dawson Creek-the official start of the AlCan highway!
Mountain goats!! Glad I have my binoculars at the ready!
This is the speed limit road sign. The road has several feet of snow so you have to hike in to the overlook.
Peyto Lake overlook. Heard an avalanche while enjoying the view
Crowfoot glacier lookout
Standing in a melted edge of Lake Louise!
Part of the Lake Louise trail not really safe right now. Avalanche danger. But I was still able to walk around to the other side of the lake and enjoy the views!
Frozen Lake Louise. No blue color to see at this time of year
Heading to Lake Louise
Day 6: Calgary to Jasper via the Icefields Parkway.
Prairie dogs seen at the pullover area.
Made it through Canadian border check!
Rest stop as I climb through the Rockies. The mountains are so stunningly beautiful but the places for best vistas have no place to stop and pullover for a photo. This rest stop area does not do justice to what I am seeing.
Day 5: Off to Calgary, Canada! Thx Rachel for your hospitality.
Breakfast at French cafe in Bozeman
Fun time with Within the Wild folks
Wild Joe's Coffee Spot, Bozeman
Walking around Bozeman
Bozeman, Montana. Sunny and breathtaking!!
Rest Area on Bad Route Rd (seriously, that's the name of the road).
Day 4: Dickinson, ND to Bozeman, MT
Day 3 completed. Overnight in Dickinson, ND
The rest area had a better view than the scenic overlook! The open Range of North Dakota. Miles and miles of it.
Scenic Overlook. West of Bismarck. Finally seeing a tiny bit of elevation.
Western part of Minnesota and on into Fargo, ND, there is significant smoke due to grassland fires in Kansas and Nebraska--enough to limit visibility in some areas. Very windy right now.
Morning coffee at a funky coffee shop off the beaten path.
Day 3: Goodbye Minneapolis!
We made it to Minneapolis!
Was passing by Menomenie, Wisconsin... I think Mark used to live somewhere near there.
Scenic Overlook trail was closed, so all I can give you is a picture of the interpretive sign. Onward.
Contrary to the route on the map, I did not ferry across the lake! I was distracted by Chicago traffic and road construction zones. Can't wait to be in rural areas again!
Driving through Indiana. Quick stop to stretch legs.
Day2: Up and ready to roll!
I made it to Perrysburg, OH!
Heading into Virginia. Lots of Hokie signs.
And we're off!! Let the adventure begin!!