I took the ferry barge across the Yukon River first – in the Jeep – because our coach and tow would not fit if attached. It gave me a chance to be nervous on my own and take some cool photos of the journey. All twenty three coaches were ferried across with no mishaps except driver and copilot anxiety.
It’s just a ten minute trip so the barge does not raise the entrance and exit ramps.
Getting closer – Rick said you could see the rivers strong current while crossing.
Disappearing on the other side of that huge boulder after a successful crossing – now we will need to reattach the car and begin the Top of the World Highway drive.
The Top of the World Highway was a miserable road but the extraordinary views made it a worthwhile trip. Incredible vistas that gave us incomparable views into both Alaska and the Yukon.
North towards the Arctic
The Alaskan Range in distance
Boundary is the Canada US Border Crossing – where the US most northerly border – Poker Creek- is located. Staffed by just two agents at a time – it was a very pleasant entrance back into America. Welcome Home!
Poker Creek Crossing sign thru the coach window as we stop to have our passports checked.
Alaska is so big it gets its own time zone – 6 hours earlier than EST.
we stopped at this lookout to appreciate the beauty that surrounded us. Clearly managing these wildness areas is a big responsibility and vital to the protection of this remarkable land.
Forty Mile River is a major tributary of the Yukon River, flowing from the Yukon into Alaska. It is a clear water stream that has 6 main forks flowing east of the Mertie Mountains and north of the Tanana Forest Region.
Stopping at the Forty Mile overlook for a few photos, we took this panoramic shot below and we found beautiful wildflowers along the roadside too.
The views were too spectacular for words…
Heading toward Chicken and Tok, Alaska, we saw more of the Alaskan Range due west.
“The Alaska Range is a relatively narrow, 650-km-long mountain range in the southcentral region of the U.S. state of Alaska, from Lake Clark at its southwest end to the White River in Canada’s Yukon Territory.” Mt Hunter, Mt Deborah, Mt Hayes, and Mt Foraker are part of the range – all are at least two and a half to three miles high.
The highest mountain in North America, Denali, is in the Alaska Range. It is over 20,310 feet and dominates all the surrounding landscape. All of them rugged and knife edged, these mountains rise up in the distance announcing their superiority above all. Remember Alaskans refer to Texas as their little sister and they have the mountains to prove it – 3 Texas’s would fit into one Alaska!
Here we are in Delta Junction, Alaska where the 1500 plus mile highway comes to an end. We stopped for a photo opportunity and to visit the small museum. There is a measure of historical winter temperatures here that was memorable.
So do they still get such low temps during Alaska winters? Many folks told us yes, but it depends on where in Alaska you live. But we won’t visit in winter for sure.
The ALCAN Terminus notice with humorous but serious warning sign about the wildlife we will encounter and reminder to be safe.
Do you know what bird is the Alaska state bird? The Mosquito, silly! Duly warned we were prepared for the onslaught of bugs that were big enough to carry off small children or dogs…but honestly we wore bug spray when necessary and we went inside at dusk so we did not have any bug problems.
It may be the end of the Alaskan Highway but it is the beginning of our fabulous Alaska Adventure.