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July 7th 2013
Published: July 6th 2017
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Along Hwy 8Along Hwy 8Along Hwy 8

Along Hwy 8
Geo: 59.4583, -135.314

We had a leisurely start after getting breakfast and fuel before we hit the road at 8 am. It was another beautiful day with clear skies and 55 degrees as we headed out of Teslin in the Yukon. After an hour we picked up the Carcross Loop Hwy 8, heading south to Tagish. We followed the 62 mile Tagish Lake along a spectacular range of mountains, finally arriving at the junction of the Klondike Hwy 2.
We stopped for coffee at the Caribou Crossing Sled Dog Camp and wildlife Museum. It was too early for most of the usual activities, where they pretty much cater to the charter buses of tourists coming upmfrom the cruise ships out of Skagway. We did get to photograph some mountain goats high on a hill at the back of the property.
We continued to follow Tagish Lake along Hwy 2, and then the Tutshi Lake, another 30+ mile lake. Along the way we passed back into BC from the Yukon Territory. As we climbed in elevation towards Fraser and the Alaskan border, low clouds and fog filled the valley ahead. By the time we reached the White Pass Summit, the fog
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Tagish Lake near Carcross
shroud was very heavy.
Crossing the border, we headed down the canyon opposite the tracks of the White Pass Railroad which runs along the canyon from Skagway to Carcross. On a clear day the vistas are probably incredible. We spent thirty minutes waiting to pass through US Customs inspection. A tour bus in front was cleared without even checking the passengers, while we had to play 20 questions, afraid to admit we carried an open bottle of wine. Our Homeland Security at work.
We arrived in Skagway under heavy cloud cover and got checked into our hotel. We toured the wonderful little town and decided to try Skagway Brewing Co. for dinner. It never did rain a drop. All that may change tomorrow according to the weather forecast.




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Nares Mt., Hwy 2Nares Mt., Hwy 2
Nares Mt., Hwy 2

Nares Mt. on Hwy 2
Bove Island, Nares LakeBove Island, Nares Lake
Bove Island, Nares Lake

Bove Island, Nares Lake
Tutshi LakeTutshi Lake
Tutshi Lake

Tutshi Lake
Fraser StationFraser Station
Fraser Station

Fraser station for White Pass Line


8th July 2013

Thanks for sharing your great adventure! Great pics!
8th July 2013

Well it looks like Skagway has not changed much. To bad it's not 88 degrees like it was for us 3 three weeks ago. But then again it sounds like you two are having way to much fun no matter what the weather. Thank God for heated jackets.
8th July 2013

The trip looks like it just gets better everyday.Great pictures. thanks for sharing this all with us.
8th July 2013

Did you pi k up a barrel of money while in Skagway ?Great scenery shots.
20th July 2013

I've just now had the opportunity to read through the blog. Your adventure sounds great. Thanks for all the blog work.

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