We are now in Whitehorse at an internet cafe, and I am hurriedly pulling photos off my flash cards and uploading them basically ‘as is’. It is difficult for me to take the time to type and send photos, as I am constantly anxious to see what is around the next corner. We are now travelling the Alaska Highway and it seems that around every bend is a picture to be remembered. Hundreds of little lakes with gorgeous reflections that would normally make me stop for hours, are passed by as there are too many to consider. I can only stop so many times, and it seems that the photos I am posting are just little morsels of the true landscape. We stayed overnight at the town of Teslin, Yukon and enjoyed the Dawson Peaks at sunrise by Teslin Lake. The locals say that this is the first sunny day of THE YEAR and that they have had snow every month. If they get snow in August it will be a record of sorts and they are almost hoping for it!
After Teslin we decided to choose between a detour to Atlin or Skagway and since Tim had already seen Atlin we chose the latter. At my first glance of Skagway I was began to regret this choice, as this dreary and once thriving mining centre and port is now not much more than a tourist stop for the big cruise lines that come up the west coast. However, as we persevered to discover its inner charms we were pleasantly surprised. The historic town, although at that moment was overrun with passengers from a huge Holland-America ship, was lined with boardwalks and interesting artifacts from the goldrush days. We had a fantasticly healthy lunch at a local cafe, bought souvenir t-shirts and then headed to the area known as Dyea, once a rival mining outpost, now a campground and trailhead for the famed Chilkoot Trail. We took a drive down to the tidal flats and as we forded the Taiya river we saw spawning salmon leaping out of the way of the FJ! After hiking in the bush to photograph some of the flora, Tim spent some time chatting with some local fisherman and I busied myself photographing the proliferation of mutant-sized mushrooms and other fungi near the trail, although bear warnings and obvious signs of recent bear activity caused me not to dawdle too long in this pursuit (sorry Cynthia!).
Last night we camped at the Takhini Hot Springs, took a dip in the springs and had a ‘sleep-in’ day. Now its time to head off towards Haines Junction and the next leg of our journey ‘into the wild’.