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Ahhh, smooth and paved.

Almost out of the Yukon

The Alaska Border

Marker signifying the Official Canadian/Alaska border

Quite a challenge surveying where the border line should be

Nice pond across the road

The Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge established in 1980

Lakes, pond, marshes, stream, rivers and forest make up the 730,000 acre...

Tundra Lodge and RV Park

Heavily treed, pretty campground.

Flowers in bloom everywhere

This is called Arctic Lupine

The official Canadian-US International Border is located at Historic Milepost 1221. There is a rest area with markers and interpretive panels telling of the amazing challenges of building the northern portion of the Alcan Highway.

An interesting factoid I found in the Milepost talks about the boundary line between the Yukon and Alaska originally being defined in a treaty between Russia and England in 1825. The US accepted this version when it bought Alaska from Russia in 1867. When gold was discovered in the Klondike in 1896, an argument ensued between the US and Canada. Both countries wanted to claim the seaports at the head of the Lynn Canal. In 1903, and international tribunal decided in favor of the US.

The border station is just up the road. Very easy border crossing. There is a visitors center there, but the parking was not very good for our 65 feet, so we did pass it up. Next time.

This is also the time to be aware of the time zone change. Yukon uses Pacific time. Alaska uses Alaska time which is one hour earlier than Pacific time.

We are headed for Tok, Alaska, We made one more stop along the way at the visitors center at the Tetlin National Wildlife refuge. This refuge is 730,000 acres! It is beautiful to behold. This refuge is very important to the migrating Sandhill Crane and nesting Trumpeter Swans. There are a couple of nice displays in the visitors center and a great film. Well worth the visit.

We arrived in Tok late afternoon. There are several places to camp in Tok. We chose Tundra Lodge and RV Park because the Churches book mentioned that the park gets overlooked because it is at the far end of town. It was not the cheapest, but I really liked all the trees. The lodge is not open at this time. Business is a little slow for this park. My major critisim here is that even though business is slow, maintaining the trees and sites is still a necessary evil. It has been raining so much that there is mud and puddles everywhere. You get used to it.

Like so many towns, Tok started as a construction town during the building of the highway. Tok is the only town that a traveler must go through twice to enter and leave Alaska. Tok is know as the "sled dog capital of the world" because most of it's residences are involved with dogs and dog mushing in some capacity or other. Dog Mushing is Alaska's official state sport.

We only spent the night, so I cannot report on things to do or see.

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