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Kluane Lake, Destruction Bay,
Haines Junction monument, & Beaver Creek
in the Yukon Territory
June 4, 2009

Kluane is pronounced (Kloo-WA-nee)
A wild coyote alongside the road- taken from a moving RV
coyote
Kluane Lake - photos taken from a moving RV through the window - so forgive the window reflections. The road pull-outs were not big enough for the two RV Gypsies to pull over and stop, but the lake was so beautiful that these photos still deserve to be seen. This lake is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the WORLD.
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Lake Kluane is the largest lake in the Yukon Territory
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Below are photos from the same area - Kluane Lake and Destruction Bay. This set of photos was taken on the return trip - leaving Alaska and returning to Canada about 2-1/2 months later on August 14, 2009. Everything changes quickly.
map of Kluane Lake and Destruction Bay
sign - Kluane Lake
sign - story of Kluane Lake
sign - recent history of Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
This is where the color of the water changes due to glacial water - AMAZING that there is such a definite line for the color change instead of both colors blending together.
Kluane Lake
Kluane Lake
Destruction Bay
Destruction Bay
Destruction Bay
This Destruction Bay area is where the roads were the worst going into Alaska in June 2009, but they were repaired by the return trip in August.

BEAUTIFUL SCENERY - Kluane Icefield Ranges

- approaching Haines Junction

BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
BEAUTIFUL SCENERY

Haines Junction

Alaska Highway sign post

The 24 foot high

Haines Junction monument depicts wildlife

Haines Junction monument
Haines Junction monument
Haines Junction monument
Haines Junction monument
Haines Junction monument
Haines Junction monument
Haines Junction monument
Haines Junction monument
Haines Junction was established in 1942 during construction of the Alaska Highway. The first buildings here were Army barracks for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Engineers were to build a new branch road connecting the Alaska Highway with the port of Haines on Lynn Canal. It was completed in 1943.
 
Burwash Landing - Yukon
Burwash Landing is known for its black spruce burl bowls. Burls start as an irritation in the spruce. The tree sends extra sap as sealant, which creates a growth or burl. Burls are either "green" - harvested from live trees in the spring, or they are "dry burls" taken from dead burl trees. Burls are peeled of their bark and used in their natural form as fence posts or shaped and finished into a variety of objects such as bowls.
sign - Burwash Landing - Yukon
sign - Burwash Landing - Yukon
Burwash Landing is the traditional home of the Southern Tutchone people of the Kluane Fist nation. the present location was first used as a summer camp until a trading post was built in the early 1900's. Burwash Landing had its 100th anniversary in 2004. There is a post office, community hall and several businesses.
 
The two RV Gypsies stayed overnight in Beaver Creek before traveling on to Tok - the Gateway to Alaska. Beaver Creek's population swells all the way up to 200 in the summer although they have a population of 149 year round. U.S. Customs is located 21 miles north of Beaver Creek on the Alaska Highway. Beaver Creek is the most westerly community in Canada.
sign - Welcome to Beaver Creek
polar bear on roof of building
a catholic church
a catholic church
a catholic church
some kind of wind control by the roadside
wind control by the roadside
wind control by the roadside
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
beautiful scenery
fireweed
go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesBumps and Gunk in the Yukon Territory