Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tues, Sept 15: On the road to Haines, Alaska

Carolyn was bitten by something yesterday that was looking really angry last night so she took some Benedryl and does not move until almost 9AM. The bite looks better this morning so we guess it will be OK. Of course, Dick has been up awhile, out walking and taking pictures around the campgrounds.As soon as we can stow everything, we are moving again. It does not take long since we had a pull through site last night.

By 10AM we are driving down the Haines Highway to Haines, 147 miles away. It is a beautiful morning with one of those blue bird skies.We are really lucky...this is an absolutely stunning drive. We are right on the Edge of the Kluane Provincial Park and it is one beautiful vista after another... glaciated mountains, alpine valleysand coastal forest.
We cross the Chilkat Pass at 3,510 feetand head down what once was a trading trail used by the Chilkat Indians, known as the "Grease Trail". They traded a grease made from fish along with shells and other coastal items for furs, meat and copper with the interior tribes. In the 1890's this trail was made famous by the miners trying the reach the gold fields of the Yukon. Carolyn thinks it is the prettiest drive of the whole trip!
We get to Haines about 1PM and head out to see about ferry reservations.The next ferry to Skagway is on Thursday, departing at 7:30AM, so we book passage and then head back to the Oceanside Campground, the only one still open. They have plenty of space and we get set up for two nights.

The owner is very nice and gives us pointers on the things to see. Our first stop is to find some fresh, wild salmon for dinner. That accomplished...three filets in the ice chest, we visit some of the artist galleries, Old Fort Seward
and drive out to Chilkat State Park on a point in the Lynn Channel.The tide is out and we see three bald eagles feeding on a sand bar, but without the long lens, our pictures aren’t worth much. Tomorrow we will be more prepared for animal sightings! Haines is known for its bear and eagle sightings. Maybe we will have some more luck with the right camera.

On the way back to the rig we stop and pick up a couple of potatoes for dinner. Home again, we enjoy watching the world go sitting by on the bank overlooking the canal
and grilling the salmon.

Life is good!

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