If only we were on the road again…
This is Kluane Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada, when we were coming back from our long 6 week trip to the states in 2012. Memories!
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Some memories are dictated much by the weather. Storms, wind, rain, and very often, sun. Sometimes the sun falls just right, and the breeze is peaceful, and you’re in a good place. It might so happen that it’s 40 below, but some things can’t be helped.
This is my single favorite photo of Jack. It is November 2006. His face is a little stiff from the cold but the afternoon setting sun shows how much he enjoys this crazy job of taking big things to faraway places.
In this case he gets to bring bridge beams to the Donjek River in Yukon Territory, Canada.
Jack actually helped haul the bridge beams in the summer and is now (November 2006) back in the winter to pick them up again and bring them down to the crane on the ice.
There are two cranes used to pick up the bridge beam. The yellow piece that is at the right in the photo above is hanging from the other crane which is behind the person taking the photo (Jack).
The trucks are awaiting another bridge beam to load.
Have a great day!
We’ve never heard of this before but there’s a squirrel around here who likes to scrape the tines off of moose antlers!
Several times over the summer we heard a mysterious scraping sound coming from the area where Jack’s moose antlers are stored in the woods. We knew the resident squirrel was up to something and sure enough, when we inspected the antlers a few days ago, the tips were scraped off the tines! Jack says he thinks it’s the squirrel sharpening his teeth and you can actually find a couple of references to this on the internet. (Here is a link to a video of a squirrel sharpening its teeth on some other kind of antlers, in some other part of the country. Our squirrel looks much different, smaller and more orange-red. It could be that the squirrel is getting some kind of nutrient from them too and in the video it almost looks like the squirrel is eating the bits of antler.)
Jack hopes to get a chance to replace the antlers this hunting season!
Jack found this wolf track along the Dalton Highway the other day and put down a bill to compare size. It’s huge!
(When I looked at this I said “You used a 100 dollar bill???” Turns out, it was the most crisp bill in his wallet so he used it! Funny.)
The wolf track is much larger than I would have imagined. Our dog is pretty decent sized but his print would be about half that size!
Taking photos from the truck is tough, but possible, as we have discovered.
The back of this truck looked quite fabulous reflecting the sunset.
Driving out of the sunset, surrounded by trucks.
The trucker didn’t know that this piece of wood was near to falling off the rear of his truck. It must have worked its way out of the load. Jack tried to tell him on the radio but wasn’t able to find the right channel and soon we were passed him.
This dump truck was losing it’s load, spraying gravel all over the road. (The coffee cups look like they are floating but it’s just the reflection of them sitting on the dash.)
Trucks pass under these wildlife corridors in Canada with plenty of room to spare.
And Jack, enjoying the setting sun, driving south.
One of the best places to stop along The Alaska Highway (aka “The Alcan”) is The Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada. Even back in the 70s it was a sight to behold but now it’s almost too much to take in: thousands upon thousands of license plates, signposts and pieces of metal or wood with the names of hometowns showing how far people have traveled to get there.
There was also some old heavy machinery that was used to build the Alcan.
That’s one big wrench!
And these are some fans we happened upon.
People are still adding to the Sign Post Forest. Hope you can make your way there someday and leave your own signpost. 🙂
This wolf was the first serious wildlife Jack and I saw, soon after entering Yukon Territory, Canada. Quite a thrill for both of us. Maybe a little more for me since Jack drives the Dalton and sees this stuff all the time…
Driving near the border of Yukon Territory and British Columbia we saw some bison relaxing in the late afternoon sun.
And then big horn sheep in Jasper National Park.
And here’s our not-so-wild dog Sport jumping over a log, acting like he is 4-years-old again.
Last but not least… us enjoying the late afternoon sun on a mountain in the Black Hills.
Hope you guys like wildlife photos!
This male elk was protecting his harem, watching as we pulled up and snapped photos.
A female was about 15 feet away; she walked up to the edge as if checking in with him to see if it was okay to stay there and graze:
The rest of the harem grazed nearby and stayed pretty calm while we eavesdropped. The light was poor so these photos needed touching up but we definitely checked “ELK” off our list! 🙂
We are absolutely positive that we will never again have this close of an encounter with a grizzly bear! (Or at least we hope we won’t!)
This “griz” was right on the side of the road, digging up roots and eating them. We took photos from the truck. He paid us no heed at all.
To see a video of him/her digging in the gravel for roots, click here.
All we can say is “WOW”!!