Today was again one of the short legs of our adventure. We started out in the rain which lasted almost to Muncho Lake. It was raining as we drove up into the Rockies and the temperature was dropping. The lowest temperature was about 45 degrees. I thought we would have to put our coats on at one point.
We were again seeing no wildlife and were speculating if our chances would be better if it stopped raining. Sure enough, not long after the rain stopped, we saw two moose cows in a small lake right beside the highway. We stopped and took several pictures. They were very wary of us and moved to the back of the small lake. It was still pretty overcast. Normal rainfall levels in the YT are much lower than in BC so we were pretty sure there would be sun before long.
We stopped at Muncho Lake to eat our sandwhiches and admire the view. Mile Post highly recommends it as a high point along the Alaska Highway and rightly so. The sun was starting to come out as we were leaving and we saw three Big Horn Sheep right on the side of the highway. We were getting excited as things were starting to look up on our adventure! Quite a way down the road with full sunshine we came across a black bear busily eating flowers about 100 feet off the road in a grassy area. Of course we had to take a bunch of pictures. This time we stayed across the road from it.
We had seen in the Mile Post that there were wild buffalo along this stretch of the highway and sure enough, we came across two huge bulls grazing right beside the highway. We were so pumped! A little further on we saw three more big bulls grazing so we stopped and took more pictures. A short way down the road, we found a whole herd in a meadow just by the road. We estimate there were about 50 or so in the herd. We couldn’t believe our luck. We saw a few more buffalo along the road after that but by then we felt like we had seen buffalo. We were hoping to see some elk but only saw one dead one today.
The condition of the highway continues to impress us. I would compare it to a good county road in Texas with wide shoulders in most spots. We did come across more extensive repair work today which generated a lot of dust. The car is so dirty it is barely recognizable. It is difficult to describe how empty this part of the world is in terms of people. There is quite a bit of traffic on the Alaskan Highway, however.
We ended the day in Watson Lake,YT. This town’s famous for it’s Sign Post Forest. Starting in 1942 people started putting up signs usually showing where they are from and how far away. The sign census as of 2010 was over 70,000! We ended the evening seeing a film about the northern lights in the domed theater at the Northern Lights Centre.