Ok so today is the day we are making it to Alaska… Phew, finally, right? But first I will tell you that on the hunt for the illusive moose, it took traveling into northern Canada to finally see one in the wild. Well ok so that was the second one. I’m not sure the carcass with only bones and a little fur left counts as seeing an actual one. So I’ll skip to moose sighting #2. So as we were driving along in the middle of nowhere my fellow moose hunter stomps on the brakes, heads fly forward and skeeeet.. we got our tails turned around and there she was. Down a side road where off in the leading stood a girly moose. She was huge to say the least. She certainly stood taller than the Jeep. We could tell that even at a distance. We made sure to give her plenty of space (since I’ve seen what these creatures can do to a car when they arrived off). I couldn’t begin to imagine coming up on one of these suckers in the middle of the road.
I’ve seen the videos… Check this puppy out… I would not want to be on the other side of this guy.
Mission accomplished. Moose located, check. Next step, keep driving and driving. We made it up to the Yukon and stayed a night at one of their historical hotels (ok maybe that was cryptic for seriously old but neat). We also made it to a little spot where we could walk or take the trip onto a glacier. My geology skills were a bit rusty, but I expected it to be “in” the ocean. Nope it was snow covered chunk of ice that moves so very slowly, but shapes the land it leaves behind.
While it was supposed to be last spring, I had to stop and buy a winter coat. Burr! The tourist attraction of driving over a glacier would have been interesting, but it would have delayed us a bit and we were almost to our destination. So, for this destination, friendly people, decent food, but nothing too wild and crazy. That was until we made our way up to cross the Alaskan border. Duh-da-dah.
Woo Hoo and we made it. So we made it and headed a few hours in and you just don’t even know. We crossed into, for lack of a better term, God’s country. Oh my goodness. We drove around the far side of the Rockies to enter and area where we were smack dab in the middle of mountains. Mountains on every side and a huge lake in the middle. These mountains were so high it made Pikes Peak look insignificant. The lake on the other hand dropped so steeply from the road that if you made one wrong move, mannnn …..you were in trouble. In this space you realize just how small we really are. We were the ants. The view was breathtaking. The lake was still frozen but had a hint of blue. The tops of the mountains were covered in snow and the base was a gray/blue. I can say this is certainly one of two of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. If you ever get the chance, you have got to see it with your own two eyes. You will not be disappointed.
and so it continues.. till then, Happy Travels!
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