Lyn & Joanne's RV Adventure to Alaska travel blog

























We left Whitehorse about 8:00am for our run to Haines, Alaska. Haines bills itself as the "Bald Eagle Capital of the World", not only because there are lots of Bald Eagles there, but approximately 3-4,000 additional Eagles come in the fall when the salmon are running to feed on them. They are congregated at that time on a short stretch of the river, in an area protected as the "Bald Eagle Preserve". You've probably seen pictures or movies of this. Lots of people come in October to witness this feast. The Alcan Highway from Whitehorse to Haines Junction had lots of gravel breaks, frost heaves and long stretches of gravel, and it was raining most of the time....not fun. The Haines Highway portion of the trip was quite good, though some narrow winding areas, but fantastic scenery as we wound thru the Canadian Kluane mountain range of the Yukon, and British Columbia. The road winds along thru Canada's Kluane National Park. Lots of mountains, snow capped peaks, lakes trees, etc. Some long upgrades, but a real long downgrade into Haines as it is located at sea level, and is a stop for cruise ships, local ferries and the Alaskan Marine Ferry. We had rain off and on during the drive, but no snow! We saw some bears along the way, a mother and cub(no pic), but another one that was having a veggie meal along the highway. Stopped at a turnout which had a trail to a "Rock Glacier" with interpretive signs, etc. Had a light lunch in our camper at a nice turnout alongside a beautiful lake. We went thru U.S. customs with no problem. Got into Haines about 2:30pm, Alaska time and found a grocery store to get a few things, and then went to the campground. We didn't unhook as we are close to town and can walk anywhere we want to go. Had a munchie social, and briefing at 5:00pm for tomorrow and the trip back up the Haines Highway to Haines Junction and back on the Alcan Highway to "Destruction Bay", Yukon. Had some rain during the night as well.

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