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Aug 11, 2011 - Kluane Lake, Yukon

It rained during the night, but the sun was trying desperately to peak through the clouds. We didn't travel far today, but the road was filled with washboard surface, gravel, bad pavement transition, etc. We drove about 25 mph in many areas. The Donjek River was named by Charles Willard Hayes in 1891, from the Indian word for a peavine that grows in the area. We had glimpses of the Icefield Ranges of the St. Elias Mountains. These include the highest mountains in Canada. Chum salmon return to the water of the Kluane (Kloo-wah-nee) River to...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Kluane Lake - Destruction Bay!

Kluane Lake - better known as "Destruction Bay" has a colorful history to it! Seems when the military were building roads and doing things there during the war (WWII), a very "stubborn" military official decided to set up camp where "he" wanted to - despite all the recommendations of the 'locals". Well, when winter came and the winds started HOWLING through the lake and the valley, it literally tore his camp to shreds!!! Not only did he build his camp in the wrong area, he had all the tents facing into the wind!! Always pays to at least...

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Jun 30, 2011 - Kluane Lake

2011-06-30 Kluane Lake Heading north from Whitehorse we started encountering patches of loose gravel, where the pavement disappears and is replaced by packed dirt and gravel. Some of this is very good surface to drive on and some not so much. You just have to really watch the road ahead to look for dips and potholes and deep loose gravel. Adjusting your speed to the immediate driving conditions is mandatory, if you get surprised by bad road conditions your reactions could be too late and result in unpleasant events. Loose items and...

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Jun 1, 2011 - Kluane Lake, YT

Got up at 4:30AM to catch the ferry to Hianes,AK. Had breakfast on board Yukon ferry. Unloaded, gassed up $36 for 8 gal @ $4.489 and headed back north at 9:10AM. Stopped at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve viewing area but didn't see any eagles. The road follows the Chilkat River and Klehini River for some time. Crossed back over into BC and stopped at Chilkat Pass for pictures. Crossed into Yukon and took pictures of Dezadeash Lake. Gassed up (again) at Haines Junction,YT. $86 for 60.6 liters @ $1.419. Stopped for the night at Cottonwood RV...

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Aug 12, 2010 - Kluane Lake

Thursday 12 August 2010 Jenny found it a bit cool in the night but Dave thought the temperature was great. We had decided that as we didn't have so far to go today we would make a later start and it was about 10.00am when we left the camp. We visited the Wildlife Museum, which was behind the Hotel, and it was quite good and well laid out, but the taxidermy looked a bit tired. Off on the road again heading east; towards Kluane (clue-arnee) Lake. We travelled slowly; two reasons; the road was quite undulating and also we were looking in every...

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Jul 19, 2010 - Kluane Lake, Yukon

On to Kluane Lake, Yukon (Destruction Bay) – OMG! A road worse than the Top of the World Highway to Chicken! The drive was only 225 miles but it took us almost 8 hours to drive it because we couldn’t go more than 20-30 on most parts. The road looked like it had actually slid down the hillside. There was some beautiful scenery but it was hard to enjoy because I was holding on to keep from being bounced around in the truck. We also encountered some unpaved road they were working on, which they wet down to keep down the dust, which of course,...

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North to Alaska-2010

Aug 21, 2009 - Kluane Lake, Yukon Territory

Our route today: Alaska Highway mile marker 1168.5 to mile marker 1040. The day again started out overcast with a light drizzle. Hoping for sunnier skies, our plan was to travel to Kluane Lake in Yukon Territory. When coming up in July, the weather was really cold and windy so we were hoping we could explore the lake a little in nicer weather. After securing all our gear in the 5er we were rolling by about 8:00 am. The sky began clearing, and by the time we got to Kluane Lake it was partly to mostly sunny. We pulled into Congdon Creek...

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Aug 17, 2009 - @ Cottonwoods, Kluane Lake, Yukon

Back through the border again. He asked if we had any firearms or weapons and then said to enjoy our trip. So now we've had two nice border guards (the other being on the way to Chicken). The weather started out ok, seemed to get better, and then dark clouds and some sprinkles. We went through some road construction and both vehicles are covered with dirt again. I loved the St. Elias Mountains we could see and then drove along. They have browns, greens, and purples - really beautiful. Cottonwoods is a great spot with really friendly owners...

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Alaska '09

Jul 21, 2009 - Kluane Lake (Destruction Bay), Yukon

Kluane Lake ( Destruction Bay) – July 21, 2009 Temperature 50 – Windy and Cold We left Tok around 9:00 and arrived in Kluane Lake around 2:00. We stayed at the Destruction Bay Lodge and RV Park on beautiful Kluane Lake for the night and were treated to a nice BBQ dinner of Roast Beef, Chicken, homemade pasta and potato salads, homemade rolls, and for dessert hot apple crisp. It was delicious. After dinner we were entertained by the owner of the Lodge with music and poetry for about an hour. It was really cold there and the wind was blowing...

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Jul 11, 2008 - Kluane Lake, Yukon Territories, Canada

Friday, July 11 Kluane Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada Congdon Creek Campground This was quite a long day of driving…about 380 or so miles as we left Alaska behind and crossed over the border into The Yukon Territory via Tok down along the Kluane Lake just north of Haines Junction. This is a HORRIBLE stretch of the Alaska Highway that is filled with frost heaves (just rolling bumps that an almost send the truck and trailer airborne) and LOTS of DUSTY gravel sections of construction. It is NOT a relaxing trip along that part of the highway....

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Jun 16, 2008 - Bear Country

When we left Whitehorse the next morning, we were not sure where we were going to stop for the night—we wanted to see how the day’s drive went. The scenery continued to be gorgeous—we wonder if at some point we are going to start taking such wonderful scenery for granted!!! For much of the day’s travel, we were not seeing much in the way of wildlife. David saw in a glance what looked like a moose or caribou walking slowly thru the edge of a lake, but it was some distance away and the view was blocked too quickly by intervening trees to be...

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May 27, 2008 - On to Kluane Lake

Another nice day for travel, we have been really lucky with good weather(maybe a little cool)for travel and overnight boon docking too. Today we drove through more road/bridge construction,but they have such a short season that they need to work quick. Stopped at a great history of the wooly mammoths and another stop at a great transportation museum with a really neat wall mural depicting the transportation from before the highway thru the building of the highway and next door is an airplane at the airport . We drove thru an area of sand...

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