Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Adventure Caravans / tours by RV to Alaska and the Canadian Rockies in 2008
Day 48 - Destruction Bay, Yukon
As we headed out this morning at about 7:00 AM, the temperature was 39 degrees. It got down to 36 but had warmed up by the time we left. We were warned about construction and at about mile 19 we were stopped by our first big construction job. We waited for about 15 minutes before we were allowed to pass.
As you can see, they were completely redoing the road. They have problems with the road settling due to the permafrost underneath. So now they are trying a new approach of putting a barrier down and then large rocks followed by smaller rocks then gravel then pavement. Once past the major construction we were able to speed up a little, but for most of the 200+ miles we were driving under 45 miles an hour due to numerous frost heaves in the road.
We stopped at the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge visitor center. It was built like an original log cabin and even had the sod roof. The little house on stilts were used to store food to keep it away from animals.
These two pictures were taken from the deck at the back of the visitor center. You can barely make out the snow capped peaks in both pictures.
There were a number of little lakes along the route and each one offered a wonderful view looking toward the mountains in the distance.
More pictures of the spectacular scenery along the route.
This is the Kluane Museum in Burwash Landing, Yukon. It is about 10 miles from our destination at Destruction Bay, Yukon. It didn't look like much from the outside, but it was a wonderful museum on the inside.
It had every animal one would find in the area on display. And as you can see from the above pictures, the displays were very professionally done. Well worth the stop.
Included with our stay tonight was a talk by the Destruction Bay Lodge. The name came from a 100+ mile wind storm that destroyed an army camp located by the lake in 1942. Also included was a delicious meal of barbequed beef, salad, coleslaw, potato salad and home made rolls. Mmmmm good!!
After the dinner we were invited inside to be entertained by a local musician who lives in Destruction Bay. Tim ???
He was followed by the owner Loren Maluorno who also did a great job. He is a singer and a poet. This is downtown Destruction Bay at about 9:30 PM at night.
A few of us walked down to Kluane Lake to enjoy the setting sun on the trees and the mountains.
Days 49 - 52 in Skagway, AK

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