Larry & Cheryl's 2019 Travels travel blog

Whitehorse to Pelly Crossing, Yukon Territory

Beautiful scenery

Passing by Lake Laberge (in the poem)

It was made famous by Robert Service

Crossing a temporary bridge

While they are building a New Bridge


An Airstrip

Abundantly purple along the highway

One of "Twin Lakes"

Interesting colors in the water

Ash Layer explained

We are seeing lots of the ash layer


Quick historical stop

Missing its roof




Cozy little roadhouse cabin


This looks like an oil painting

Nordenskiold River waterflow, staging for Spring/Fall Migrations




Yukon River

First Nation Village


More of the Ash Layer

Bering Land Bridge connected continents explained

Gravel deposits from the Glacial melts, makes islands in the river

Still more of the Ash layer showing

An old burn area


Pelly River

Our free campsite

Drone's view of our campsite

Up river view of Pelly River

Down river view of Pelly River

Having fun with Daisy at the river's edge

Keith lighting the kindling

Ron encouraging the campfire

Tiny wild strawberry plants are everywhere around us

Some of the local wildflowers

Wild Rose



Tucked away into the forested sites

Nice wide sites

Chatting by the campfire

Cozy Campground

We all decided that we needed a short drive today, too long to make it to Dawson City in one day. So, we only drove 3.5 hours to cover 183.6 miles. We stopped at the Pelly River Campground, on the First Nations land (Indian land).

There was beautiful scenery with so many purple wildflowers lining the highway, such a delight to see. We occasionally pass an air-strip, the only clue being the windsock that was flying. We ran into more road crews building a new bridge as we crossed a temporary bridge. There was a lake with interesting colors in the water. Possibly a clear water stream coming into a glacial melt lake. We saw the white layer of ash that was deposited from a volcanic eruption 1,250 years ago.

We also stopped at the Montague Roadhouse Historic Site to walk around and take photos of the remains of the roadhouse. Back in the day, this was like a Motel 6 on the long, lonely highway. Hot food and warm bed for the night.

We passed a few old burn areas before making it to Pelly River. We found our free campground that also had free firewood provided for our campfire. Only drawback was some mosquitoes and the sticky tree sap that made small vegetation stick to our shoes and my dog's feet. The Pelly River seemed to be quite fast moving, and it was mesmerizing to watch it. Larry got his drone out to video the area. There were pretty wildflowers all around.

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