Today we traveled from Watson Lake to Whitehorse, which is the capitol city of the Yukon Territory. We crossed the Upper Liard River Bridge, and began seeing Rock Messages - several hundred Rock Messages spelled out in rocks along both side of the highway for many miles. This started in the summer 1990 by the Fort Nelson swim team and the tradition has continued by other travelers.
When we crossed the Rancheria River which the Alaskan Highway parallels, we were now in the Rancheria Valley. A Northern Bush pilot was credited with helping find the best route for the highway between Watson Lake & Whitehorse.
We saw the snow capped Cassiar Mountains on our horizon and crossed the Continental Divide: All rivers from here drain into the Yukon and into the Bearing Sea off Alaska. There were a few dusty sections of the highway along this section.
We followed along Teslin Lake which is 86 miles long and passed by the city of Teslin. The Teslin Bridge has a surface of metal grating and is very loud as we cross it. It is the longest water span on the Alaska Highway measuring at 1,917 ft. The Nisutlin River forms the “bay” as it flows into the Teslin Lake. This is a waterfowl migration stop-over.
We stopped briefly at the Tlingit aboriginal Heritage House. The young woman that worked there told me a few short stories from Tlingit culture. They believe that the Raven created the heavens & earth, and that he was a jokester. The totems and carvings depict the Raven, Frog, Wolf, Beaver and Eagle. The carvings & masks were all done recently as they are teaching their people the culture of the past.
We crossed and followed the McClintock River & Bay before arriving in Whitehorse. A squirrel on rocks near our site was so far our only wildlife sighting today.
Went all drove into town for Pizza and groceries and to look around this capital of the Yukon Territory whose population is 24,000.