Yukon Photo Tour Blog Sept 2 2016

September 02, 2016 at 12:17 PM

September 1, 2016 - Rock Glacier & Muktuk Adventures

After breakfast at the Village Bakery in Haines Junction, we headed south to begin our day’s exploration. 

We climbed up onto Rock Glacier. Glaciers scouring the land have left this rock formation that resembles a glacier spilling down from the mountain. It is still shifting today with runoff flowing under the formation. The Rock Glacier Trail explores various eco systems. Down low there are marsh-like conditions and at the higher elevations it becomes barren as you navigate the slopes of a rockslide. From the top of the trail there is a spectacular view of Dezadeash Lake.

Just north of the Rock Glacier is Kathleen Lake. Part of Kluane National Park, this is a popular destination offering boating and many trails. It is a wonderful spot to just relax and take in the beauty of the Yukon.

Heading east toward Whitehorse, we visited Champagne Landing. In 1942, the United States Army Engineers pushed the Alaska Highway through the village of Champagne. When the Army road was being built, the soldiers set up camp among the existing buildings of the village. Some of the buildings and vehicles are still there today. 

Dinner tonight was a unique Yukon experience at Muktuk Adventures. 

Muktuk is owned and operated by Yukon Quest Legend Frank Turner and his wife Anne Tayler. They share their property with about 125 Alaskan Huskies who are born, raised and retired at the ranch. About 80 of the dogs are active sled dogs.

Frank is one of Yukon’s most accomplished mushers, having attempted the Yukon Quest 24 times in 25 years, placing in the top six 10 times, and won the 1,600 km wilderness race once. 

We had the chance to meet the dogs, play with the puppies and learn more about the Yukon Quest. The evening was topped off with a dinner of smoked candied salmon, bison blueberry sausage, bison & elk steaks, arctic char, fresh garden vegetables and home made brownies. 

Quill Creek crosses the Haines Highway south of Haines Junction


Albert sets up for an HDR at Quill Creek


The creek looks very different just a few metres away from the highway


The Rock Glacier as seen from the highway


Danny, Godfrey, Sim, Kwang and Sue along the Rock Glacier lower trail


Wild flower near the entrance to the trail


More colour along the lower trail


The leading edge of the Rock Glacier


Val, Kwang, Danny and Sim on the Rock Glacier


The view of Dezadeash Lake from the top of the path


More fall colours along the shore of Kathleen Lake


The east shoreline of Kathleen Lake


Reflections in one of the small inlets at Kathleen Lake


Setting off to explore the buildings and vehicles at Champagne Landing


Very slowly, nature is reclaiming the vehicles


Albert finding a better perspective


Many of the log cabins are in poor condition, while others like this one are used for storage


The some of the kennels at Muktuk. Even though the dogs are working dogs, they are treated like pets.


Val and Betty Ann vying for Treylock’s attention


As deb finds out, the dogs are very friendly and love attention


Senior guide, Jeff Larson, knows the names of all of the dogs. The love between him and the animals is obvious.


Getting their exercise in the Tahini river.


These dogs are part of one team. They work and play together all the time.


Who doesn’t love puppies? Obviously Sue likes them.


Sim also seems enthralled with these 6 week old huskies.


Deb wants to know how to smuggle him home.


Jeff talking about the Yukon Quest with a little help from his friends.


I think they have heard this story before.


Kwang having fun with the puppies, thanks Sue Smith for the photo.


Bill agrees with Deb they need to take one home, thanks Sue Smith for the photo.


Interesting terrain, thanks Godfrey Lee for the photo.


Fall reflections, thanks Godfrey Lee for the photo.


And finally a group shot looking down the valley toward Haines Junction.


Tomorrow we head south of Whitehorse to explore the area around Carcross.

Good night from the Trekkers in Whitehorse.


Please add a comment

Posted by Sandy on
Wow great stories and amazing photos. Your blogs always make me feel Iike I'm traveling with you.
Posted by Linda Feick on
I'm wondering which puppy Deb and Bill will decide on!
The photos and commentary are wonderful to see and here!
Looks like everyone is enjoying their trip too!
Posted by Pete Moore on
Looks like it has been an amazing trip. Been fun to follow.
Posted by June on
Thank you for the most interesting tour and I am not there but feel like I am.
By the look of it everyone has a soft spot for the puppies and you captured that beautifully.
Posted by Gail Steer on
This is my favourite day of your trip!
Wish I was there with you.
I will be getting another puppy soon though(Sheltie).
Great pics!
Posted by Bre on
Q! Shall I courier up a carrier?
Posted by Kattie on
Beautiful pics, continue to enjoy. Loving all the photos and stories all from our backyard. Canada is so beautiful.
Posted by Nancy Anne on
Sue - shame on you for cuddling another puppy, Beckett is jealous and you will get the cold shoulder when you get home.
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