Today was the longest scheduled mileage day (282 miles), not only for our caravan, but for our entire trip. Compounding our anxiety was that when traveling to Alaska, the first 100 miles we were to cover today were the most grueling on both our vehicle and ourselves.
To our surprise, there were no more stretches of gravel and with the exception of one 6 mile stretch the road was in far better shape than we’d imagined.
Slowly, the wide valley in which we were traveling narrowed and the mountains, particularly those in the Kluane National Park, loomed up to our west;
After climbing to Bear Creek Summit (3,294’), the highest point on the Alaskan Highway between Whitehorse, Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska (1,488 miles), we descended over 1,400’ into Haines Junction. As we drove straight through the town while traveling north, we stopped to see
The 24’ Muffin Monument (depicting nearly life-size animal sculptures)
St. Christopher’s (8-sided) Anglican Church
the American Army during the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942).
The best confections on the Alaska Highway.