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Beautiful Drive to Haines, Alaska

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

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We have beautiful, blue skies this morning. Great day for our scenic drive between Haines Junction and Haines!
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We make lots of stops today. There are lots of snow-covered mountains and beautiful scenery to look at, PLUS IT IS NOT CLOUDY OR RAINING!!!
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Joe sees snow along the road and asks to stop to play in the snow, so we make a stop for a few quick snowballs.
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Before we get to the Canadian/US border, we see bears walking along the road at 3 different places. This is supposed to be a great road to see bears and eagles.
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This is the 3rd time we’re crossing into Alaska on the trip, but the first time we’ve had good weather for the crossing.
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We arrive at Haines HitchUp RV Park. This place is almost full, mostly due to an Excel 5th wheel caravan, but we have a spot reserved. So we set up, get some groceries, have dinner, and then take a drive to Chilkoot Lake. Pretty area. We see several eagles, along with some unusual ducks.
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The Chilkoot Lake empties into the Chilkoot River and they (the state fish and wildlife management?) actually count the number of salmon that travel up the river. There’s a guy sitting on a platform in the middle of the river counting them as they travel through the opening. I’m not sure why he’s counting them, but that is certainly a unique job.
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Here's a nice photo of Haines, Alaska that I took on the way back to the trailer:
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We drive back to the trailer, but it is so nice out (and of course still light out at 9pm) that I take a walk into town and to the small boat harbor. Hopefully it will be a nice day out tomorrow, but you never know…

Posted by jengelman 13:50 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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