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Friday, July 6, 2012

Kluane Lake to Tok Junction, AK ~ The Wolf....

Moon to the West ~ Sunrise to the East
A strong wind blowing off the water up in the valley to the mountains was our awaking song this morning. The sun was rising in the east and a large full moon getting ready to set in the west. It is a little after 5 am. We have mastered the art of room darkening, so the light is not a problem. Down the road, we went looking for that first cup of coffee. The road here in this part of the Yukon is extremely frost heaved. I guess the permafrost does a job on the poor Alaska Highway. There are test sections that the government (United States Gov.) studies for improved road construction, but with no cheap solutions.

And now for the best part of this trip, driving down the highway at about 40 miles per hour, along the side of the road appears a large Gray Wolf! He was tall, large, grey/white, a real healthy looking animal. I stopped as quickly as I could grab the D7000 Nikon and looked for him in the bushes. I was out of the truck and looking for him. No luck! He was long gone.The image will stay in my mind for a long time. The population of wolves in Alaska is between 10 and 15 thousand. It sounds like a lot but, the state is nearly the size of 1/3 of the lower 48's.

Sam & Joan Christman
Nottingham, NH
We arrived in Tok Junction midafternoon. Inquired at the Visitor Center, got maps and found a campground. Oh! Met another couple from Nottingham, NH (Retired Air Force)  Got some real good tips on Air Force incentive flights to Europe.
We stayed at the Sourdough Campground, owned by Dave and Ann Owen. There is outstanding. We participated in their nightly "pancake bucket" toss for a free pancake breakfast. We didn't win, but had a good laugh.
Helen in the Pancake
Bucket Toss

That is what we did and saw

Foot Note: I am having a hard time keeping up with the blog, very time consuming. The pictures especially, Download to an external hard drive ( I take a lot of pictures a day and I don’t want to swamp my laptop drive. Next step to select a few for the blog. Next resize to upload, followed by internet access. AC current needed for the external drive. Upload (need good WiFi with only a few fellow campers sharing the access. Getting late ~ good night!

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