Another cloudy day as we traveled along the Kluane (kloo-WA-nee) Lake and southbound on the winding highway. We passed through Haines Junction with its amusing monument in the center of town. Haines Junction was established in 1942 during the construction of the Alaska Highway as barracks for the Corp of Engineers.
We saw several ponds along the way with pairs of Swans. Sorry for the photo quality but they were usually too far a stretch for my camera.
When we reached the Haines Highway Summit we were amazed at the scenery. We were now on a high plains meadow area unlike anything we have seen so far. It was beautiful green with only low growing vegetation because we were above tree line.
The mountains we are seeing to the west are a joint venture as a 'World Heritage Site' of Alaska (Glacier Bay National Park & Wrangell St. Elias National Park) with Canada (Kluane National Park & Tatshenshini-Alsed Wilderness Park). Kluane National Park encompasses extensive ice fields.
The origin of Haines began in 1879 when missionary S. Hall Young and naturalist John Muir came to the aboriginal village of Yandestake and chose a nearby site for their church at Dei-Shu (“end of the trail”) which is now the downtown area of Haines. It is on the narrow portage (fjord/peninsula) between the Chilkat River & the Lynn Canal.
We settled into the Haines Elks Lodge, an easy walking distance to visit the town.