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On to Alaska

October 3rd, 2013 · 3 Comments

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After 12 days on the road, I made it through Wyoming, Montana, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon to Alaska. The weather in the Yukon was the hottest in 45 years, more evidence of global warming. The official temperature reached 97°, which would truly be a heatwave anyplace. It also brought “a bumper crop of mosquitoes,” in the well-chosen words of Amanda, the friendly woman who owns Discovery Yukon Lodgings on the White River.

I went there because the invaluable guidebook to the Alaska Highway, The Milepost, told me that she has a botanic garden. Amanda showed me the plants and flowers there, and one of them was an orchid. For people who are surprised that we have orchids in Colorado, this Yukon orchid must be a real shock.

A Northern Lady's Slipper Orchid Grows in the Yukon

A Northern Lady's Slipper Orchid Grows in the Yukon

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The road through the Yukon was a bit worse and wavy from the permafrost than that further south, but the photography was better than ever. I captured landscapes, mammals, insects, birds, flowers, and myself.

Once, when I wanted to brew a cup of tea, I pulled off the Alaska Highway onto a small spur road. When I looked up from my Jetboil stove, this is what I saw.

A Yukon Roadside Scene

A Yukon Roadside Scene

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A little earlier I was busy photographing insects along the edge of Pickhandle Lake.

What Beautiful Colors You Have!

What Beautiful Colors You Have!

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Then, I looked at the lake itself and noticed that a muskrat was swimming past me and had something in its mouth. Only later, when reviewed the photos on my computer, could I tell what it was.

Baby in Mouth

Baby in Mouth

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I saw (but couldn’t photograph) another baby when I took another side road just south of Snag Junction to look for waterbirds on an unnamed lake. I didn’t see any waterbirds there, but on the way back I saw a dusky grouse and chick crossing the road. The papa grouse succeeded in attracting my attention away from the chick, literally risking his life for the baby, had I been a bad person.

Parental Devotion

Parental Devotion

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Down yet another side road I spotted a small lake hosting lots of birds. This one flew over the lake and me.

This Sandpiper Flew Over, Calling All the While

This Sandpiper Flew Over, Calling All the While

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Suzy and I Cross the Border

Suzy and I Cross the Border

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The roads in this part of Canada are not as good as those in Alaska. But in one respect I like them better. They are simpler: fewer signs, power lines, fences, and other unnecessary stuff to detract attention from nature. Still, it was great to be back in my own country.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bob Fenton // Oct 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Good to see the pictures! So many pictures to sort through I’m betting.

  • 2 David Mendosa // Oct 4, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Dear Bob,

    Yes, indeed. Thousands!

  • 3 Bunny // Nov 2, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Your pictures are absolutely awesome. I love looking at them.

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