Mark and Nadine's Arctic Expedition travel blog

Trumpeter swans

At the harbor in Haines AK

Tribal House at Ft. Wm. Seward, Haines AK

Totem figure, Haines AK


Unfortunately, despite promising weather forecasts last night, the morning was overcast, and as we approached the trail head for our planned hike (up to a formation called King’s Throne, near Kathleen Lake), it began to rain. We pulled into the trail area, on the shores of the lake, and sat there for half an hour or so, hoping for some clearing. But while the rain stopped, the clouds only thickened.

Disappointed, we reluctantly abandoned our plans for a hike and continued south, through a sliver of British Columbia, to the AK border. Not far beyond the border crossing, we had our wildlife encounter of the day: another trumpeter swan near the highway, this one with her baby cygnets.

Once again in the U.S., we drove on to the town of Haines, at the end of yet another road that dead-ends at the water. We walked around Haines, a small and unassuming fishing town. Like most towns on the southern coast of AK, it’s surrounded by dramatic peaks, but also socked in by clouds much of the time, as it was today.

Tomorrow we plan to take the car ferry from Haines to Skagway AK. It’s only 18 miles by water, but over 350 miles by road!

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