On the road from Dawson Creek to Watson Lake there weren’t many animals at all. I got tired of seeing trees, trees and more trees. And they are not big trees. The black spruce and lodge pole pine are the two main trees in the Yukon. We didn’t even see a bird!
We did stop to see a couple beaver dams, but never saw a beaver until later in the trip. Since there wasn’t anything to look at we decided to just drive all day (283 miles) and get to Summit Lake (Stone Mountains) in the early evening. One thing to keep in mind when looking at the miles driven, these are not freeways, but 2 lane roads. Many sections are damaged by freezing each year, so construction crews are everywhere, along with gravel patches that you have to slow down so as not to break your windshield. On larger repairs, there are often a few miles of road with one lane traffic, and you have to wait for a “follow me” car.
Summit Lake is the highest point on the Alaska Highway. This was a beautiful little lake with no hookups so we boon docked for 4 days. It was really fun!!
All the other campers left in the morning and we had the entire lake and campground to ourselves until about 5pm when people would arrive again.
We had the best camping spot, with the lake view out of our front window.
We popped out the boat and tried to catch fish a couple times, but we learned later that the lakes have just thawed and so the fish and still pretty slow at taking bait. It was still really fun being out on the lake at 9:30 at night with the sun shining bright.
We made our nightly camp fire and one (or more) glass(es) of wine and I was sleeping like a baby. Summit Lake was a great resting spot but we have to keep going.
We left our favorite campsite and continued our trip.
We saw what we thought was a moose but it turned out to be our very first caribou.
Later a herd of Stone Sheep ran across the roadway. A mother and two babies and then the Ram.
We drove past the 7.5 mile, jade green color, Muncho Lake. The jade color of the lake comes from the copper oxide that leaches from the bedrock below. It was too big of a lake for our little boat so we drove on but got a picture.
We were just outside of Liard River hot springs, our next stop, when we finally spotted a big herd of bison. How exciting!! I knowww, we have seen these in Yellowstone, but you just don’t expect to see them in the wild where there is nothing else. One of the buffalo looked a little angry!!
When we stopped we had a look at our filthy truck and RV. The roads are dusty from construction crews fixing the frost damage with gravel. As soon as we get somewhere where there is an RV wash, Graham will do the honors again. He has washed it twice already. His theory is that it if you keep it clean, it won’t get so thick with dirt. NOT TRUE!
We spent a night at Liard River hot springs, which was a very rewarding stop. This is a peaceful, quite natural mineral hot springs set in the woods. I love very hot water, but in places this little hot springs was just too hot, even for me. There were submerged rock benches that you could sit on, and a waterfall to soothe our necks and backs. Wonderful!
We tried to have dinner outside and sit by the fire, but even with mosquito nets over our heads, these little shit mosquitos can bite through 2 layers of cloths.
I had to keep my hand over my wine glass cause they love to swim in wine. (Maybe they think it’s blood) It’s just not fun, so we called it a night.
Tomorrow morning we drive to Watson Lake.