'TWAS A GRIZZLY EXPERIENCE
|We watched this grizzly bear for a long time before it decided to take a stroll.|
A video of a grizzly bear in Kluane National Park.
We finally made it to the "main" part of Alaska but the last stretch of highway was awful. I mean 200+ miles of "pure screaming hell." (Sorry, "pure screaming hell" was the name of one of my favorite rapids on the Gauley River in West Virginia.) It seems that modern technology has not yet figured out a way to build a road on permafrost. If you dig into the soil to build a road-bed, the permafrost melts, the road sinks several feet, and fills with water. The current solution is to build the road on top of the soil and insulate the permafrost from melting. Good idea? Maybe but there is nothing to stop the permafrost from thrusting and heaving to create a huge roller coaster ride with devastating consequences to the suspension systems and frames of all vehicles. The solution--a constant state of road construction with miles upon miles of gravel and wash-boarding. Our speed on the last 200 miles of the trip to Tok, Alaska rarely exceeding 35 mph and dropped below 10 mph for a couple of hours on this "road from Hell."
|An avalanche chute in Kluane National Park.|
|There's my moose!|
|The Haines Junction "muffin."|
We still can't figure out what this is supposed to be.
|A tiny Catholic Church in Haines Junction built from a quonset hut.|
|3 photos of Kluane National Park.|
|Views from one of my hikes in Kluane National Park.|
|Kluane National Park on the Haines Highway.|
|We loved the patterns created by the snow in a mountain|
pass on the Haines Highway.
|Just another beautiful Mountain on the Haines Highway.|
|2 views from our campsite on Kluane Lake.|
|Kluane National Park from the Sheep Creek Trail.|
|An inauspicious start to my hike on|
Sheep Creek Trail in Klaune National Park.
A video of a black bear in Hyder, Alaska.