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Alaska Trip Anchorage to Whitehorse

by on Jul.26, 2010, under Flying

July 5 and 6

We get up ear­ly, and dri­ve to Anchor­age from Tal­keet­na, get­ting a weath­er update and file our flight plan as we dri­ve. The weath­er looks O.K., and we are hope­ful that we will get to see the Alaskan Range on our way to White­horse in the Yukon. We are not dis­ap­point­ed as we have spec­tac­u­lar views of moun­tains, tun­dra, glac­i­ers, rivers and lakes as far as you can see.

We land in White­horse and rent a car. The next day we expe­ri­ence one of the high­lights of our trip when we vis­it the Yukon Game Pre­serve. This pre­serve pro­vides tours guid­ed by expert nat­u­ral­ist that per­mit you to see most of the wild ani­mals of the Yukon. We see and pho­to­graph elk, cari­bou, wood bison, moun­tain goats, moun­tain sheep, lynx, musk ox, moose, arc­tic fox. It’s a great expe­ri­ence and we learn a lot to boot.

After lunch, we vis­it the S.S. Klondike, a shal­low bot­tom stern wheel boat that was raised, restored and sits on the bank of the Yukon riv­er. This gives us a glimpse into the excit­ing time when White­horse was the trans­porta­tion hub for the gold fields cen­tered up riv­er in Daw­son. We then vis­it the McBride Yukon His­to­ry muse­um and call it a day. We enjoy White­horse, par­tic­u­lar­ly the bet­ter weath­er and start plan­ning for our flight through Smithers on to Gold­en tomorrow.

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