After spending two nights and one day in Haines, Alaska, we returned today to British Columbia and Yukon Territory, Canada. I'll catch up on earlier blogs another day.
While we were in Haines, it was hard to see how high the mountains were because clouds enveloped them. As we left town, we had a peek-a-boo view of a few peaks.
On our way to the Canadian border crossing, we had to go through heavy road construction. However, it was way better than what we had to go through on the way into town. As we were slowly moving through the dirt/gravel construction area, we drove extremely close to the Chilkat River.
In the river, were two fish wheels. They look like little paddlewheels. When the wheels move in the current, there are screens that catch the fish and deposit them in a holding tank.
|A fish wheel with two workers on it.|
When we got to the Canadian border crossing to go into British Columbia, there were about eight vehicles ahead of us. It took forever to go through the crossing this morning. The border patrol agents were searching vehicles. It was an hour before we got to the border. The line of vehicles was LONG behind us. I have no idea how many RVs and cars were back there. But, here's a photo that shows what we could see.
|The backup at the Pleasant Camp|
border into British Columbia.
There's no other way to go.
In front of us was a pickup with a camper on it. The man who was driving it was disabled and used a cane. They made him go in his camper and get out his eggs (in a carton). The agent spent a few minutes looking over the packaging and checking the date, where the eggs were from, and finally handed them back to the man after okaying them.
We saw other people ahead of us get their RVs searched, too. When the agents went into one of them, the people's dog raced out, apparently thrilled to get out of the confined space.
Our rig did not get searched but they did question us about a few things. Once we got through that roadblock, it was clear sailing. It took some of our group an hour and a half to make it through the border crossing.
We went over two passes and had some beautiful scenery. It was 57 degrees, rained, and there were clouds hanging low. Big animals were on our minds as we searched the roadsides for moose and bear; then later, Dall sheep.
|Haines Highway/YT 3.|
|Haines Highway/YT 3.|
|This is the back end of the grizzly.|
That was our biggest excitement of the day. Although, we did see a small tour bus disabled on the highway in the opposite direction. People were walking away from the bus to a turnout where there were two other buses. There were long skid marks behind the bus and it had a front flat tire. We wondered if they hit something. Never did find out.
|Joe, me, Joan, and Star at|
|Hiking with friends. Tom, Kevin, Bob, |
Joan, and Pat.
|Kevin, Tom, and Pat making their |
|Joan on Rock Glacier with |
with Lake Dezadeash in the back.
|Kevin and Tom.|
|Joan reading the interpretive sign.|
|This is as high as Bob and I went. The|
interpretive sign here says you can go
on for hours. Nah, we're good for now.
|Find "You are here" in this photo.|
That's where we hiked to.
|We didn't see or hear pika today.|
|Bob on the rock steps of the trail.|
|The edge of the Rock Glacier and|
the stairs we'll take down.
|On the stairs looking up at Bob and|
|I think this is Western monkshood|
|Western monkshood and fireweed.|
For lunch, we had egg salad sandwiches and chips. Sunnie (our cat) also had his lunch, got lovies, and used the kitty box. Then, he went back to sleep in his box on our bed.
|The scenery along Alaska Highway 1|
north of Haines Junction, YT.
|Kluane Lake, the largest lake in the|
Yukon Territory. It goes on for many miles!
|Part of Kluane Lake is now a meadow.|
We stopped at a Visitor Centre just south of Destruction Bay that has exhibits on Dall sheep and the First Nation peoples. By the time we arrived at the Visitor Centre, it was closed. An artist had a workshop set up in a room of the Visitor Centre. He invited us in to see his work. Very friendly chap. We did not see any Dall sheep.
|Visitor Centre and a mountain to |
search for Dall sheep. None today.
|A marble Dall sheep carving in |
the parking lot at the Visitor Centre.
|Kluane Lake with mountains in the|