We decided to take the Alaskan Highway from Whitehorse, Yukon to the Alaskan border. The road was a mess with over 100 miles of gravel and dirt due to construction but we made it to Tok, Alaska with no trouble. The most obvious evidence of our trip on the Alcan highway was an amazingly thick layer of dirt. Our first job in Tok was to wash everything!
We had replaced some tires in Whitehorse right before we left and shortly after arriving in Tok, Charles realized he had left his computer at the tire shop in Whitehorse. He made the messy 800 mile round trip in one day (cartoon here)!
Tok is the hub of most routes from Canada to Alaska; a place to decide where you'll go next. We chose Fairbanks, 200 miles northwest. Fairbanks is a lovely small town (45,000 people) and a great place to celebrate the Summer Solstice. in late June they get around 22 hours of sunlight a day and the other 2 hours feel like dawn or twilight. It's also a great place to relax, make new friends, stock up on groceries, and drive the car to other great spots not so accessible by coach.
|Fairbanks and nearby adventures|
|Denali highway and fish ladder at Chitina|
|Kennecott glacier and mine from the air plus restored mining town|
Our last leg of the trip to Valdez was over the Thompson Pass with beautiful views of the Worthington glacier and the Chugach mountain range.
|Worthington Glacier - 30 miles north of Valdez|
More adventures coming up in Valdez so stay tuned. Here's a map of the Alaskan roads we've traveled so far. There aren't that many in Alaska and you can see we've done quite a few already!
|Our Travels in Alaska so far|
Here's the link to our travel photo collection on Flickr, newest photos first: Flickr photos