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Slow, Bumpy Drive to Destruction Bay, Yukon

Monday, July 16, 2007

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We pack up and leave the Sourdough Campground in Tok, Alaska. Our first stop is at the gas station to fill up with diesel. A busdriver who is also filling his tank starts up a conversation with Jere and tells him that he's glad that he's not driving a large trailer to Destruction Bay -- the road is horrible! He came from that direction. He says to go slow and wishes us luck.

The road is terrible! There are many dips, bumps and potholes! They're due to the permafrost. Many are marked with flags, but many are not. We probably average 25 mph.
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The scenery is pretty boring for the first few hours except for the fireweed. There are sections where the fireweed covers the countryside for acres and acres. It is really pretty. There is no place to stop to take pictures, but I try to take one through the front windshield:
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We see several moose when we cross into Canada, but most are too far away for pictures. We see a large bull moose near the road but he turns away as I try to take a picture:
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Then it starts to rain. At first it just drizzles but eventually it is pouring rain. We decide to stop sooner than planned but the RV park is closed, so we keep going.

The drive near Kluane Lake/Destruction Bay is supposed to be very scenic, but it is raining too hard and too many clouds to see the mountains. We can tell that the Kluane Lake is a pretty blue-green glacial lake, but the rain makes it hard to see.

We finally make it to Destruction Bay, about 2 hours later than expected, but glad to be here. The first RV park is full with a caravan so we continue down the road and stop at a provincial park, Congdon Creek. It's on the shore of the Kluane Lake. We set up camp in the rain, have dinner, play monopoly and then around 8pm there is a break in the rain, so we take a short walk around the campground (before it starts raining again).
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Posted by jengelman 13:54 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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