Summer vacation planning this year became a bit of a bungle when dates and destinations had to be worked first around family needs and then as Highway 20 to Bella Coola was closed due to forest fires, we had to give up plans to visit the Chilcotin.
So, we opted to head for Alaska and the Yukon instead and after a few hours of mad-dash route planning and last minute reservations, we were on our way.
Going north proved to be a great choice… as always.
As much as I’ve been around the planet a few times over, my favorite places will probably always be those that remain undisturbed by concrete and cars. Just the thought of seeing cariboo prance down a moutainside, a brilliant aurora dance in a clear black sky and kayaking on a calm mountain lake make my heart pine to head north.
Of course, we didn’t see or do any of that on this trip. 🙂
I’m not sure where the cariboo were hiding or why we didn’t have either a cloudless night and a wind-free day, but our latest trip to Alaska and the Yukon was spectacular nonetheless.
Our 17-day trip took us from Penticton to Prince George, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Juneau, Haines, Kathleen Lake, Haines Junction, Whitehorse, Watson Lake, Liard Hot Springs, Muncho Lake, Fort Nelson, Moberly Lake, back through Prince George to Penticton — with overnight stops in all but Kathleen Lake and Haines Junction.
Here are links to our north and southbound routes. According to Google Maps the total distance was projected to be 3909 miles, and we logged just a few kilometers shy of 5,000 on the ML’s odometer.
In subsequent posts, I’ll share trip details of the places we visited, things we saw and people we met.
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