Monday, Sept. 1, I moved from Mammoth Hot Springs campground over to Madison Jct. campground. That evening it was very clear so I headed out to see what could be photographed. Great Fountain Geyser does erupt but not all that frequently or predictably so I had to settle for some steam from it being lit by the moon.
Just down the way on Firehole Drive is White Dome Geyser which erupts every 20 minutes, allowing me some nice images. This first one was taken just after the moon set, giving enough light to silhouette the geyser but allowing the Milky Way to be seen.
Wed. evening was clear again but the moon is waxing now and casting a lot of light. I decided to use that to show off White Dome Geyser.
This shows the Big Dipper above it.
This image is taken from another direction and shows a little bit of the north end of the Milky Way.
Haines Highway, not a lot of trees there.
I left Haines on Sunday, June 15 with the fridge working and scattered clouds. All seemed like a good omen.
North of Haines Junction I stopped by a lovely lake and looked back at the mountains I’d passed.
North of Haines Junction I stopped by a lovely lake and looked back at the mountains I’d passed. The further north I went the worse it became, a stretch of gravel road that was nasty. It was drizzling so it wasn’t dusty but boy oh boy did the truck and trailer get dirty!!
Got to Fairbanks Monday afternoon, with the fridge not working, again. My first stop was at an rv repair place, it is scheduled for repair on 6-24 so I’m learning my way around Fairbanks! It’s rained most of the week, making it less than fun but I found a large thrift shop, rather like Goodwill and bought some paperbacks to read. Sun came out today so I visited the Large Animal Research Station where they have some Musk Ox.
Also found one of the paddle wheelers that does trips on the Chena River. Now if they would just answer the phone so I can find out about their schedule…..
I changed campground this morning, moved from Chena Lakes to Chena River Rec. area which is very close to downtown. Dry camping and a bit more costly but what I’m saving in gas makes up for it. Gas in town is running $3.87/gal. to about $4.19, outside town it is well up over $4.50/gallon in AK.
The grizzly bear who crossed the road
The drive from Whitehorse was pretty good, had one stretch of gravel for 7 or 8 miles that was nasty but seeing the grizzly bear made up for that. This bear was digging furiously for something on the same side of the road I was on so my first images were taken through the windshield. The. he crossed the road and grazed on the weeds along the edge and I was able to take some good photographs of him. He didn’t seem to mind the traffic much but when a couple of big class A’s blew by him he reared up and ran off a bit. I don’t blame him at all.
I decided to take a side trip to Haines, the drive down from Haines Jct. was just OK. The clouds were very low and it drizzled most of the way. I have a feeling the views are spectacular but there was no way to appreciate them.
View on Hines Highway, Friday 6-13, very low clouds, some rain
It did seem that around every curve there were more mountains with snow on them.
Friday afternoon and Sat. morning were wet and cold but then the sun came out so I went off to see what I could see. Saw some RVs loading on to the ferry and wish I had taken a few photographs. They have to back on down a narrow ramp and then around the corner. There were some big 5th wheelers and a class A in line for that bit of fun. Glad I wasn’t among them.
The drive along the inlet to the Chilkoot River is a nice one, spotted a couple of eagles, but since it is too early for salmon there weren’t any bears out.
Chilkoot River, no salmon running
On the way back into town I pulled off to get a wonderful image of the town backed by more snow capped mountains. This place reminds me of photos of Norway.
Mountains outside Haines
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June 8 to 11 were pretty much travel days. June 8 from Hinton, AB to Ft. St. John. That was a nice drive, I saw a couple of black bears, and a caribou but all were too far away for photos. By the time I got to the campground that night it was apparent that the fridge was not working when on propane gas. Temp had risen to the mid 40s. So I shut it down and had to trash all the food that might have spoiled. June 9 I tried without luck to find any help for the fridge so wound up investing in a cooler that is supposed to keep ice for 5 days. It is the 3rd day and most of the ice has melted, unfortunately not surprising.
June 9 drove north to Ft. Nelson in nearly constant rain, no critters to be seen.Good wifi at the visitor’s center and I was told I could park at the IGA for the night. I was the 2nd rv to stop there and by the next morning there were 7 of us, from large van to truck camper, to a class A. Free is always good
June 10 drive was mostly sunny and an interesting drive with very different scenery than earlier. And the animals were out in abundance. I saw 4 black bears, only got good shots of 2.
Was fortunate to come upon a cow moose feeding in a little pond near the road,
and saw quite a few Stone sheep. These must be related to big horn sheep, they are very similar.
Stayed at Watson Lake in an rv park so that I could connect to electricity to see if the fridge would work on that. Yeah! It does, so after some research all indications are that while the propane will ignite and stay lit the flame is not strong enough to heat the coils. Probably the gas jet needs cleaning. Whew! That will be simple.
June 11, got to Whitehorse, YT. Larger town with an RV repair place so Friday they will clean the gas jet for me. 2 nights in a campground with electricity and very limited wifi. But the visitor center has fast free wifi so I will use them. Some very interesting places to see around Whitehorse so I’ll stay busy on the 12th. Will leave town and head north Friday morning right from the RV repair shop. Will be good to have the fridge working again.
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Temps were in the high 30s when I stopped at the Icefields Center. Had to get this image with the Glacier in the background. Saw lots of snow on the drive from Banff to Jasper!
Once in Jasper I did a very nice drive in the Maligne Valley, very scenic spot showing the lake and mountains.I also went to the Athabasca Falls and was fortunate to capture a rainbow over the falls.
Saw lots of wildlife, elk are everywhere, had a moose run out of the woods beside me and then up the road in front of me for a ways until he went into the woods. It all happened way to fast for photos!
Am at the Walmart in Hinton, AB, tonight. Nice free & fast wifi. Sun is shining and I feel like I should get the solar panel out to charge this laptop.
It doesn’t get dark until around 11pm and then it isn’t really dark, so taking night images is pretty much a non event for a while on this trip.
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