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Jul 15, 2011 - Tok, AK

We still have our watches on Alberta, Canada time so we are up an hour earlier than the locals. This helps get us on the road before everyone else. Our first stop was in Haines Junction, Yukon. Our Lady of the Way Catholic Mission was built in 1943 by Father Morriset, the first Catholic priest to preach the gospel in the area. Resources were scarce and Father Morriset ingeniously converted an old quanset hut, which had been used by the American Army during construction of the Alaska Highway, into the distinctively beautiful church you...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Tetlin, Alaska

It took a long time to get to Alaska after leaving Whitehorse because the road was bad and had alot of frost heaves. Frost heaves causes the road to buckle, it pushes the road up which makes dangerous mounds to drive over. It is caused by "permafrost", building the road over swamps that are frozen, then when the sun warms the road, the frozen ground thaws and pushes up the road. Jim drove very carefully and slowly over the bad parts, which was a good part of the roads. It was an exciting but tiring day. So we stopped at a rest stop along a...

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Jul 27, 2006 - Tok, AK - Return Trip

July 27 - Tok, AK We departed Palmer, AK under sunny skies and soon were in the mountains. We drove along steep and curving mountain roads that ran along the side of the mountains, frequently following streams and rivers. Again the scenery was spectacular. There was a extremely good view of a glacier in a valley below us along the way. After a few hours we descended into one of those broad valleys with mountains in the distance with more gentle changes in elevation. Although we encountered some minor road construction in the early part of...

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Jul 16, 2006 - Muncho Lake, YT - Tok, AK

Thursday, July 13 The drive to Muncho Lake from Dawson Creek was relatively short, three hours. Fortunately, we had planned for a short day on Thursday, because it started raining shortly after leaving Dawson Creek and continued throughout the day. We entered true mountains today, although the maximum elevation we attained on the road was only about 3,500 feet, the mountains rose several thousand feet above us. Unfortunately we were unable to fully appreciate the scenery because of the rain, fog, and low clouds. We did, however, encounter...

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