Packing up this morning and heading to Denali National Park for 3 nights of camping. Not sure what Internet connection will be like there, so may be “off the grid” again for a few days. Next stop after that is Anchorage. Will be back in blogging action there.
Traveled from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Alaska via the Top of the World highway. I got to enjoy the spectacular scenery (and crazy drop offs) while Dad (driving) white knuckled it. Think his insistence on driving had something to do with my driving skills, but didn’t mind soaking up the view 🙂 We were sky high and there were no stretches that qualified as straight (or smooth- most of road was unpaved). We had the highway to ourselves, which was great considering the width of the road in places..and that fact that guard rails were non-existent!!
We “cruised” across the mighty Yukon River and into Alaska on the one year anniversary of the night we sat at the Mellow Mushroom in Columbia and dreamed up this adventure. I’m sure the novelty wears off quickly if it is part of your daily routine, but I felt like a little kid..ferry rides are fun!
Dawson “City”, Yukon Territory. This town oozes history. You can feel the ghost of the gold rush era everywhere you turn.
Woke up from a quick nap at a rest stop outside Watson Lake to find this cuddley fellow knocking on my door. He wanted to know what was for breakfast 🙂 See Dad’s post about sunshine and bluebirds for why we were “napping” at rest stop.
Hit a stretch of highway where the buffalo (or bison) definitely roam.
Really wanted to take this guy home with me, but he didn’t fit in the truck.
The real, live one got away, but we were able to snap a photo with this slightly slower version.
Banff was breathtaking. I didn’t want to leave!! Went for a spectacular trail run along the Bow River in the morning and then drove up to Lake Louise. Best part of drive..there was a rare sighting of a unicorn 🙂
My Dad may be one of the funniest people I know, but coffee to him is no laughing matter. This works out in my favor..I get to enjoy his “perfected” French press coffee on camping mornings. Have to sneak my Almond Milk past him, though.
Although the scenery had been spectacular, we rolled into Great Falls, Montana “so tired, so hungry”. The receptionist at the hotel insisted we go eat at Bert & Ernie’s. She claimed it was the best casual/fun restaurant in town, and you could see she was itching to ditch work and join us. Live music was playing when we walked in, and the musician (http://jenidodd.biz) played one great song after another. We went from tired and just wanting food to not wanting to leave (and not wanting to sing along too loud)!