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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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